Every October Magnus' colleagues study the social-impact of scarecrows. They ask questions like these: How well crafted are they? How have they stood the test of time? How many scarecrows in Iowa (highest producing corn state)? For a cackled and charming effect, they always recite Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven as they get to work. I'm a little unnerved by it, to tell you the truth.

Would you categorize these as ravens, crows, or jackdaws? How many birds are there? The first person to write me back with the correct answer will win a tee-shirt inspired by this image! Write back to my Facebook account or email me at