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Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577

Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."
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Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead

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  • by Hangin10 ( 704729 ) on Monday January 03, 2011 @02:09AM (#34741468)
    on CNN []
  • Re:fools (Score:5, Informative)

    by Nikker ( 749551 ) on Monday January 03, 2011 @02:40AM (#34741592)
    Doubt that, turns out the same day 100,000 Drum Fish [] died the same day. Only Drum fish not any of the other fish that are in the same waters. Unless of course the tornado selectively took only black birds and only drum fish up into the air....
  • by Blymie ( 231220 ) on Monday January 03, 2011 @06:18AM (#34742232)

    Which is precisely why pork tastes so good.. so we will breed them, and protect them as a species......

    After all.. pork, beef and fowl are amoung the most numerous animals there are.. thanks to their tastiness!

  • by oldspewey ( 1303305 ) on Monday January 03, 2011 @10:31AM (#34743316)

    Most people who try veganism get horribly sick

    There are hundreds of millions of people on the Indian subcontinent alone who eat no meat - none whatsoever - from the moment they are born until the moment they die some 80 years later. They do not get horribly sick. They do not "wind up" eating fish or chicken. They live healthy, balanced, and lengthy lives.


  • by Steeltoe ( 98226 ) on Monday January 03, 2011 @11:48AM (#34744010) Homepage

    People following a vegetarian diet must eat protein foods that have complementary proteins so that the essential amino acids missing from one protein food can be supplied by another.
    What are some examples of complementary proteins?

    # Beans and tortillas
    # Peanut butter sandwich
    # Macaroni and cheese
    # Tofu with rice
    # Hummus with pita bread
    # Chickpeas and rice

    Do people following a vegetarian diet need to eat complementary proteins at every meal?
    It was once believed that complementary proteins had to be consumed at every meal. We now know that intentional combining at each meal isn't necessary.

    Source: []

    From my own experience as lacto-ovo veggie for 10 years, lentils provide just as much or more proteins as meat, and eating varied provides you enough of everything. It's not that hard, unless you're the fiery / hunter type who craves food and meat especially. Medically, lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is superior and easy, as long as you don't restrict yourself to pasta, rice or just a few foods, but eat a varied diet.

    If you're eating meat, you should question how your bowels look and smell, how much meat is stuck inside there undigested and foul. This is why, when people go veggie, they often smell worse for a good while, until their bodies are cleaned out. You can do bowel cleansing, which every person should do every other year anyways.

    Vegan diet (no animal byproducts too) on the other hand. Well, those who follow it seem gray and sickly to me. I don't think it is optimal.

    So we may not have to slaughter all those cows after all. Indeed, cows are reveered as holy in India for their usefulness, and many groups of people in that country have been vegetarian for thousands of years.

  • Not quite accurate (Score:4, Informative)

    by I8TheWorm ( 645702 ) * on Monday January 03, 2011 @02:46PM (#34745918) Journal
    Erm, apparently there was physical trauma (see here [] and here []). They're still guessing, but leaning towards stress from fireworks, although lightening or hail haven't been ruled out.

    This is far from the first time anything like this has been recorded.

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