A Bit Peckish

Illustration from Brehm’s Tierleben: Vögel (1922)

“Norman Bates: You — … you eat like a bird.

“Marion Crane: [Looking around at the stuffed birds while eating] And you’d know, of course.

“Norman Bates: No, not really. Anyway, I hear the expression ‘eats like a bird’ … it-it’s really a fals-fals-fals-fals-fals-ity. Because birds really eat a tremendous lot. But I-I don’t really know anything about birds. My hobby is stuffing things. You know … taxidermy.”

— From Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960)