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The bird drop happened just after noon, and word of mouth passed quickly. I heard about the horrific event from my neighbor, who happens to whistle when he talks and has a goiter on his neck. By the time I arrived at Sunset and Cahuenga, confusion was in full swing and the homelesses were busy picking up the dead birds and stuffing them into their dirty jacket pockets.
The dead birds in this incident were exclusively pigeons, but for the homelesses, they were food. One man had already cleaned his fowl and was arguing with a hot dog vendor about frying it on his hot dog grill. The homeless held a bloody knife and shook the pigeon in the vendor's face. The pigeon's entrails hung at least a foot from the pigeon's slashed belly. The guts swayed as the homeless man passionately pointed his knife at the hot dog grill.
The hot dog vendor had abandoned his cart and a dozen or more homelesses were cutting the breasts out of the pigeon corpses and grilling the meat. They had formed a small mob. One whole pigeon corpse, still with feathers and not gutted, sat atop the grill. Soon the smell of burning feathers filled the air—a putrid stench that made me cough into my voice recorder.
One man quickly turned his breast meat over and licked his fingers. "Hot," he said. I told them, Roll this grill in there, at least, so the cops can't get at you. CNN said you could bring this grill also.
I am pretty sure that was their plan.
Originally posted by Ophiuchus 13
I hope the homeless are not eating them...........
Adam Michael Luebke
Adam Michael Luebke is writing a novel titled Parade of Bums, and working on a collection of short fiction stories. He is obsessed with opium, guttural sounds, progressive occultism, and Rudolf Steiner. Mr. Luebke has a blog tailored for the short American attention-span at: www.stickitup
So what's happening this time?
Blame technology, says famed Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson. With the Internet, cell phones and worldwide communications, people are noticing events, connecting the dots more.
'This instant and global communication, it's just a human instinct to read mystery and portents of dangers and wondrous things in events that are unusual,' Wilson told The Associated Press on Thursday.
'Not to worry, these are not portents that the world is about to come to an end.'
Wilson and the others say instant communications – especially when people can whip out smart phones to take pictures of critter carcasses and then post them on the Internet – is giving a skewed view of what is happening in the environment.
The irony is that mass die-offs – usually of animals with large populations – are getting the attention while a larger but slower mass extinction of thousands of species because of human activity is ignored, Wilson said.
Originally posted by Jomina
For those wondering about Associated Content:
I've done freelance writing for them, myself, and can tell you that they do not accept joke articles. it's not The Onion.
It's possible that the story here was not well researched, but I'd not dismiss it before checking further.
AC is the content-mill side of Yahoo News.