During their quest for the Holy Grail, the Knights of the Round Table, who dance when’ere they’re able, were tasked with several riddles, not the least of which was “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?”  You might be ready to tell me that this is all a later edition of the myth, and one that isn’t canonical, to which I will snottily respond that you should probably look up Sir Lancelot some time.  Either way, the question is more complicated that it seems, leading to today’s bifurcated speciated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to point out that we’re not specifically talking about airspeed velocity here, asking: African or European swallow?

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