A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 3, 1950

Some footnotes are indestructible—at least, one of ours seems to be. It was dropped from a sober Science story about the bristle-thighed curlew in TIME's June 28, 1948 issue, and it read:

Not to be confused with the tufted dowager, red-eyed crosspatch, all-night thrasher, ruffled spouse, great stench, lesser stench, or double-breasted seersucker.

Ever since this footnote appeared the mail has been bringing us your suggestions for miscalling our feathered friends. In fact, it has become a kind of TIME readers' parlor game. In self defense, we have now told the story of the...

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