Throughout history the fox has been associated with the good and the bad. In pre-Christian Times the fox was seen as a symbol of the god of vegetation or as a symbol of forest and mountain-spirits. This later changed and the fox was seen as a demonic figure. The fox is very common in fables and is often seen as a trickster, he is depicted as greedy and dishonest.
One of the best fables about a fox is the fox and the grapes. Interestingly it kind of sits between the two depictions of good fox/bad fox in that the foxes reaction to not being able to get the grapes is, well, very human!
Aseops fable about the fox and the grapes introduces the expression “sour grapes”. The term later became an English idiom. It is an example of cognitive dissonance. One desires something, finds it unattainable, and reduces one’s dissonance by criticizing it.
The original fable goes like this.
“Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked, ‘Oh, you aren’t even ripe yet! I don’t need any sour grapes.”
So it is easy to despise what you cannot have.
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Being that the Stag Beetle is active during the hot summer nights, and due to the fact that they’re attracted to bright lights, it has been know for them crash in though an open bedroom window; and being that they’re Britains largest terrestrial insect, which limits them to certain ungainly flight, “crashing” is probably the appropriate term.
Anyone who has ever read one of Terry Pratchett’s fantasy ‘Discworld’ novels will know that the fictional flat Discworld rests upon the backs of four gigantic elephants, who, in turn, spin the world whilst walking on the shell of the enormous Turtle, ‘Great A’Tuin’.