Phineas knew the future and talked too much, so vengeful Zeus blinded him and left him on an island, with a big buffet and a pair shrieking stinking birds with women’s faces – harpies, in a word. Whenever Phineas started in to eat, the harpies dove down, snatching half the food and crapping on the rest. One day Jason came and ran the harpies off, though didn’t kill them. If Phineas is still alive, he won’t get tenure.
UPDATE 22 February 2016: of the harpies and Phineas.