Thousands die as they fall from the sky

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  1. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    The town of Beebe, Arkansas, had a nasty surprise this New Year's Eve. By midnight, more than 1,000 dead red-winged blackbirds had fallen out of the sky on to city streets.

    Streets Covered With Corpses Of Dead Birds

    From The New York Daily News:

    Dozens of lawns, streets and rooftops for more than a mile in Beebe, Ark., were covered with the corpses of red-winged black birds. An aerial survey showed that no other dead birds were found outside that area.

    Beebe residents describe the scene as something out of an Alfred Hitchcock film, and the town's mayor, Mike Robertson, said he and other officials initially thought news of the birds was a New Year's prank.

    "I thought the mayor was messing with me when he called me," Milton McCullar, a town street supervisor, told local television station KATV. "He got me up at 4'oclock in the morning and told me we had birds falling out of the sky."

    "Since it only involved a flock of blackbirds and only involved them falling out of the sky, it is unlikely they were poisoned, but a necropsy is the only way to determine if the birds died from trauma or toxin," Ms. Rowe stated, explaining why 65 dead birds had been sent off for scientific analysis.

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  3. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    This occurs from time to time, there are many relevant theories, although the best one is actually due to Extreme Cold (considering the body mass of a bird isn't exactly huge) A pocket of freezing cold air might have been enough to shock them into falling out of the sky, obviously there are other theories like crossing a Microwave stream between two cellnet antenna's however there isn't currently any evidence to support such conspiracy theories.
     
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  5. txrex Registered Member

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    Trippy.... glad I have more body mass than a bird
     
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  7. Anti-Flag Pun intended Registered Senior Member

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    It's the end of the world, repent sinners!
     
  8. USS Athens Very Special Senior Member Valued Senior Member

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    Apparently through further inspection, the birds died of internal bleeding.
     
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  10. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Interesting that thousands of birds get killed off , I wonder what they ever did to piss off your God?
     
  11. Pinwheel Banned Banned

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    My God loved them thus killed them early to bring them close to Him in heaven sooner.
     
  12. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    ..and the tv morning news today said that they flew through the towns fireworks display while being closer to god in the sky. Likely where they got the trauma that caused the fatal internal bleeding.

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    At least they went out with a bang!
     
  13. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

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    How do you explain the fish?
     
  14. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    Depressed by the death of the birds.
     
  15. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

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    Sounds like the basis for a Steven King novel. But I still say, repent ye sinners.
     
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  17. Pinwheel Banned Banned

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    I reckon they realised the bees have the right idea and collectively decided to off themselves.
     
  18. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    :bravo::roflmao:
     
  19. jmpet Valued Senior Member

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    Global Warming somehow has a hand in this...
     
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    Where's Fox Mulder when you need him?

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  21. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    You fall out of the sky and not suffer internal bleeding.

    Serious the same thing occurred to a flock of starlings that apparently "suicide into the ground" due to their "internal bleeding". It's simply a Cold up or down draft causing a freezing shock to the birds and making them drop out of the sky to their deaths. The simplest way to prove this will be the eventual usage of Thermometer's in Implants placed on captured birds to identify a "buffered" time period around the bird. (say for instance recording temperature for the past 24 hours would give a clue as to what thermals birds attempt to stick to etc.)

    Like I said before though there are other unsupported theories in regards to radiology, and then the Theological one that "The End of the World is Nigh!!!".
     
  22. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    I must agree - they were depressed over the birds.

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  23. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

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    That is a good explanation.

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    I have always know those drum fish to be rather emotional creatures.
     
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