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magentared | 19:25 Wed 26th Jan 2005 | Animals & Nature
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Like a murder of crows or a mischief of mice, what are people's favourites??

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implausibility of gnus
A bloat of hippopotamuses...
A parliament of owls
An unkindness of ravens
A debourgeoisification of Marxist-Leninists
(I made up the second one)

The Guinness Book of Answers has a long list of these, but it does not include a bloat of hippopotamuses (a herd or school) or anything of gnus.

P.S. a crash of rhinoceroses

A whoop of baboons, and a flange of gorillas
A wedge of swans, a lie of estate agents.....
A depression of goths
A herd of cows. I like cows. They're nice.
A flowering of hippies
A Gaggle of Geese.
a rabble of butterfiles!
A dose of crabs :-)

an army of ants

a mob of kangaroos

....they're my fav's (no one seems to get them at trivia nights!!)

A Kindle of kittens, ahh!
A brace of Pheasants.
Slimfandango - all cows are called Beryl.  We love cows.

I know a cow called Pansy, I thought they were pretty much all called Daisy or Ermintrude.

Anyway, I didn't know any and even if they are made up my favourites so far are a bloat of hippo's, a crash of rhino's (sod spelling all that....!) and a mob of kangaroos.  They sound so gangstery and dangerous.  "We have just had a report in that a mob of kangaroos have been involved in an incident outside Park End night club at approximately 3am this morning....."

An impossibility of Uniques.
A good list here - http://www.lizzie.net/html/collect.htm

BTW, "whoop of baboons" and "phlange of gorillas" (or is it the other way around) are entirely made up, and originally come from a fantastic "Not the 9 O'Clock News" sketch called "Gerald the Gorilla". Rowan Atkinson at his very finest.

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