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Published:January 5th, 2011 13:52 EST
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Dead Birds And Dead Fish: End Times Calamity Or Chicken Little Hysteria?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"The puzzling phenomenon started on New Year`s Eve when thousands of blackbirds were found dead in central Arkansas. Townsfolk spent their holiday weekend removing the remains of between 4,000 and 5,000 dead red-winged blackbirds. Scientists have descended on the town, trying to find a cause for the mass die-off.

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In the latest incident early this week, some 500 birds were discovered scattered on a rural road in Louisiana`s Pointe Coupee Parish, 300 miles south of the Arkansas site. Officials there are stumped as to what caused the birds to plunge to their death."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/01/thousands-of-dead-birds-falling-from-the-sky-.html

New Year`s Eve is a time when we get roaring drunk and reflect on the coming year. It must be a sobering experience to spend the first day of the new year picking up the carcasses of dead blackbirds from your backyard. When a 100,000 fish are found dead in the Arkansas river on the next day, and several hundred more birds drop dead onto a Louisiana highway, folks start getting the notion that there`s something rotten in Denmark.

I don`t blame the residents of Arkansas if they have extended their New Year`s debauchery for a few more days. It must be disconcerting and frustrating when political leaders and the scientific community don`t have any answers.

A couple of days after the dead birds rained from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas, most of the scientists and talking heads were of the opinion, that the birds fell to the ground because they were disoriented and discombobulated by fireworks. The good citizens of Arkansas got a good laugh out of that patently silly explanation.

Mass bird die-offs can be caused by many things: Disease, poison, starvation... But people aren`t satisfied with educated guesses, they want answers.

In desperation some folks have turned to evangelical Christian churches that preach that we are living in the end times when weird natural phenomena will be occurring all over the globe.

The wrath of God explanation is as absurd as the fireworks theory, but don`t look to this humble blogger for any answers. I`ve lost my appetite for playing "Angry Birds" on my cell phone, real life has become more terrifying and stranger than a video game.

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