Monday, April 9, 2018


A confusion of fishduckies

I'm back. but I'm still tired.  Bud is now in rehab.  I think I'm ready to restart blogging, but I'm going to change my schedule to Monday, Wednesday & Friday instead of 5 times a week.  I'm probably going to have a lot of old reruns, like this one:

(Originally published  November, 2014.)

I'm sure you've all heard of a gaggle of geese & a pride of lions, but you may not be familiar with the actual names of these groups:

        1. A Congregation of Alligators

       2. A Cauldron of Bats

         3. A Sleuth of Bears

         4. A Flutter of Butterflies

        5. A Clowder of Cats

         6. A Coalition of Cheetahs

         7. A Harem of Chimpanzees

        8. A Quiver of Cobras

         9. An Intrusion of Cockroaches

         10. A Consortium of Crabs

        11. A Murder of Crows

         12. A Convocation of Eagles

        13. A Battalion of Falcons

         14. A Business of Ferrets

         15. A Skulk of Foxes

         16. A Tower of Giraffes

        17. A Horde of Hamsters

        18. A Thunder of Hippos

         19. A Cackle of Hyenas

         20. A Shadow of Jaguars

         21. A Bloom of Jellyfish

         22. A Court of Kangaroos

         23. A Conspiracy of Lemurs

         24. A Risk of Lobsters

         25. A Scourge of Mosquitoes

         26. A Wisdom of Owls

         27. A Prickle of Porcupines

        28. A Nursery of Raccoons

        29. A Maelstrom of Salamanders

         30. A Shoal of Seahorses

         31. A Shiver of Sharks

         32. A Hood of Snails

        33. An Audience of Squid

         34. A Cream of Turkeys

         35. A Pot of Water Buffalo


There are many other groups that as of yet have not been given names.  Here are some of my proposals:

A flash of streakers
An ogle of strippers
A penmanship of forgers
A giggle of cartoonists
A suture of surgeons
An owwie of dentists
An anorexia of fashion models
A babble of bloggers
A hammer of handymen
A gas of anesthesiologists
A rotisserie of chefs
An objection of lawyers
A belly of beer drinkers
An unemployment of musicians
A disappearance of magicians
A pondering of consultants
A woof of dogs
A multiplication of mathematicians
A pfffft of burst balloons
A snowfall of dandruff
A scratch of bug bites
A knead of masseurs
An alteration of tailors
A curl of hairdressers
A flush of poker players
A disintegration of senior citizens
A dunk of basketball players
A ballast of sumo wrestlers


Costello: Do we have to milk that bunch of cows?
Abbott: That's not a bunch, that's a herd.
Costello: Heard of what?
Abbott: Herd of cows.
Costello: Of course I've heard of cows.
Abbott: No, not heard of cows, that's a cow herd.
Costello: What's a cow heard? I don't care what a cow's heard, I haven't said anything to be ashamed of.

What do you call a pair of decrepit fishduckies?  Bud & Fran----fishducky



  1. Welcome back. I am glad to hear that things are getting a little better for you and Bud but please, look after yourself.
    Having had multiple cats from time to time a chaos of cats works pretty well too.

    1. It's good to be back!! A chaos of cats seems VERY appropriate.

  2. I'm so glad to hear you and Bud are on the path to health again. like EC says, look after yourselves first, don't be worrying about blogging if you feel the need for more rest.
    I'm surprised by the picture of all those cats in one tree. It seems a little unusual, but I suppose if they've all lived together for a while they would be more used to sharing space.

    1. We are indeed back on the path to health again (Bud was dressed in street clothes yesterday for the first time since his fall) but who knew the path was going to be so long?

  3. Dear Fishducky, your imagination never ceases to amaze me. The "collective" terms you came up with after the photographs ended delighted me, especially "the disappears of magicians" and the "the suture of surgeons." I think that you need to leave your mind to science!!!!!!! Thanks once again for the laughter. And it's so good to have you back. The going from 5 to 3 days sounds like a good plan if it will reduce any stress you are feeling.

    And by the way, the "chaos of cats" that Sue mentions in her comment works for me! Peace.

    1. I've offered my mind to science--they refused it!!

  4. WELCOME BACK! I do like "a flash of streakers," and also the "rotisserie of chefs" and "flush of poker players."

  5. Welcome back!!!! I can't seem to remember any of these but a murder of crows and clowder of cats. You'd think I'd have the scourge of mosquitoes down cold. I hope you are both on the mend now and life will get back to normal for you guys. Been one long winter.

    1. What exactly is "normal"? I can't remember!!

  6. My son sent me this from Bud's room at rehab:

    Talking in his sleep, dad just said “if you think you’re getting off for $19.99 you are sadly mistaken. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 million will be the final bill”.

    Another step towards being back to normal!



    1. Even if he gets bartered down to meeting them in the middle, that's still almost $4 million! I think there's a method to Bud's sleep-talking madness.

  7. Babble of Bloggers! Very appropriate. I love murder of crows. Then there is, a squadron of pelicans.

    Welcome back.

  8. These are so funny. The lemurs are conspirators? Watch out.

    A murmuration of starlings is an amazing event.

  9. Oh am I glad you are back. You have been missed and needed. Some of the group names made perfect sense, others left me scratching my head wondering, "How did they come up with that." By the way, who are they that did the naming?
    Glad Bud is recovering plus getting his fees right. Hope you are doing much better also. Welcome back.

    1. Me missed, I hope so; needed, probably not so much!!

  10. So glad Bud is doing better.


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