Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
1.) The Valkyrie is, in the oldest strata of belief, a corpse goddess, represented by the carrion-eating raven. The name in Old Norse, valkyrja, means literally, "chooser of the slain." The Valkyrie is related to the Celtic warrior-goddess, the Morrigan, who likewise may assume the form of the raven.
Above from http://www.dolls-n-daggers.com/Valkyrie.html
2.) The Book of World Records calls the spine-tailed swift the "fastest bird on the level, reaching 106 mph," and crowns the peregrine "fastest bird on earth" for a diving speed of 217 mph.
If I'm not mistaken the Hayabusa is the japanese name for the peregrine falcon.
I could also be full of shit too.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomanical, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. - Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion