The insignia for the Order of the same name. The origin of the parakeet is one of the fundamental story in the shaping of the Order. The founder, R.M.M. Swigberry-Smythe II, is known to be descended from several families (the name Swigberry is an interesting story, but beyond the scope of this text). The most influential to the shaping of the Order is undoubtedly the Montagues, particularly Giambattista Montague. He was an eccentric Italian merchant/explorer in the 18th century who enjoyed collecting all manner of things from the countires he traveled to (his entire collection is thought to have been large enough to fill over half of the British Museum!) He also had several hundred acres of land, on which he kept all manner of animals, mostly birds. His favourite of all was a parakeet named Zipporah. Zipporah (or Old Zippy as he is known to Order members) was an extremly intelligent bird, who could perfrom all manner of tricks, even doing simple maths! When Zippy died age 68, Montague commissioned a statue of Zippy to be carved in alabaster as a centrepiece for his formal garden. Swigberry-Smythe was so moved my this story, he decided to create a group where eccentric upper-class like himself could meet and share interests, in memory of his ancestor and his beloved bird. And so, on September the 19th, 1915, he and 50 others from around the world met at his mansion in the first gathering of The Order of The Alabaster Parakeet. The rest, as they say, is history.
by Thelonius Egbert Quagmire September 19, 2003
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this tiny impelament of a alabaster parakeet is though so fake we are not related to the develish of montougues (you have spelt it wrong)our traditonal dress is not to be rediculed it is of satisfactory ,the fez comes from our native land of morroco wher swigberrry (note the triple "r's" as a sign of morrocan heretige) smythe was born my uncle to so say.the founding was of course in 1912 at the beginning the fez tradittin nobel prize.
by richard gertrude muhammed popadopelus October 11, 2003
I remain TE Quagmire, the historian for the Order. Our entire history has been documented by trusted members, not charlatans such as yourself. My assistants and I are the only reputable source of information. Take heed!
by Anonymous October 24, 2003