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(Oakland Tribune)   Pigeons pick wrong place to perch, cause power outage. "No dental records exist for the pigeons, so they have not been identified".   ( divider line
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2003-03-30 04:53:45 AM  
Do pigeons even have teeth?
2003-03-30 05:12:20 AM  
If a pigeon ever got the chance, he'd eat you and everyone you care about.
2003-03-30 06:26:35 AM  
Strange thing is this is the second time this has happened this year. I knoww I read an earlier article on Fark about something similar nearby this incident. All the birds flapped at once and broke the power line. Weird.
2003-03-30 10:21:25 AM  
DaCricket: Do pigeons even have teeth?

Of course, right behind their lips.
2003-03-30 10:54:48 AM  
In my town it sucks to drive across the bridge cause so many pidgeons sit on top of it you get atleast 3 bird craps on your window instantly.
2003-03-30 10:59:50 AM  
mmmm. Rats with wings.
2003-03-30 11:14:05 AM  
Get a pickup and a shotgun. You'll do fine.
2003-03-30 11:14:39 AM  
Pigeons Suck.

That is all.
2003-03-30 11:21:25 AM  
The only image I am picturing right now is the scene from "Ice Age" where the little rodent finally gets his acorn to the top of a tree and gets hit my lightning. Then he just stands there fried and shocked.

PETA will probably try to get a covering on the wire to protect the flying rodents.
2003-03-30 11:24:59 AM  
anyone see the Core?
2003-03-30 11:26:34 AM  
If they caused a power outage, they weren't carrier pigeons. *ba-dum-bump*
2003-03-30 11:27:23 AM  
but seriously, what the hell did that last statement have to do with anything? what were they going to try to idnetify them for? were they escaped mutant pigeons? the mutant pigeons escaped, run for it!

/got nothin'
2003-03-30 11:27:51 AM  
Early in my career, I worked for the local power utility company. One of the systems I worked on was the trouble system for operators, getting alarms in from substations around town, sending wireless signals to move switches, etc. When a alarm would come in, the system operators would usually try to find out what the cause was, and note it in the system. One day I came across a record of an alarm, with the explaination:

Alarm at substation: Squirrel found on transformer with very surprised look on his face.
2003-03-30 11:31:22 AM  
This is an outrage. I believe that we should start a pigeon identication project so that we may notify the families of these pigeons of any (hopefully none) tragedies that happen to these stupid, annoying creatures.

I believe that this task should be given to PETA, so that they may stop pissing off the rest of us.

Thank you.
2003-03-30 11:33:00 AM  
*flap* *flap* *BLAM!*

how quick did you want that pigeon cooking?
2003-03-30 11:33:58 AM  
Infiltrating Iraqi pigeons. Film at 11.
2003-03-30 11:39:55 AM  

Pigeons ain't nothing.

we have so many ducks and geese in my city that they may have to cull because of dense population viral disease spread. And they shait a ton.


2003-03-30 11:41:33 AM  
2003-03-30 11:47:51 AM  
[image from too old to be available]These guys were not available for comment...
2003-03-30 11:50:13 AM  
Ewww, the smell of burnt feathers...
2003-03-30 11:50:38 AM  
If they caused a power outage, they weren't carrier pigeons. *ba-dum-bump*

I'm trying so hard to understand that
2003-03-30 11:52:30 AM  
Yeah, squrriels get into the transformers down the road from my house at least once a month, more often this winter. Blows up REAL GOOD. I'm so used to the BANG and the split-second flicker of the lights, that if al-Queada sets off a nuke I probably wouldn't notice...
2003-03-30 11:59:26 AM  
pigeons are funny cuz they
2003-03-30 12:04:23 PM  
Repair crews restringed the wires...

Language skills seem to be lacking on the left coast.
2003-03-30 12:07:44 PM  
Let's protest powerlines and the power companies because innocent pigeons are needlessly losing their lives every day.
2003-03-30 12:09:51 PM  
"No dental records exist....."

Only in California, I swear to God.....
2003-03-30 12:10:12 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Mutley you snickering floppy
eared hound
when courage is needed, you're
neer around.
Those medals you wear on
your moth-eaten chest
should be there for bungling
at which you are best.
So stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
nab him
jab him
tab him
grag him
stop that pigeon now!
You, silly, stop sneaking it's not
worth the chance
for you'll be returned by the
seat of your pants
and clunk, you invent me a
that catches that pigeon or
I lose my job
So stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
stop the pigeon
nab him
jab him
tab him
grab him
stop that pigeon now!
2003-03-30 12:10:24 PM  
"Let's protest powerlines..."

Don't you mean freedomlines?
2003-03-30 12:10:35 PM  
2003-03-30 12:11:14 PM  
Still not as cool as the dead squirrel in my neighborhood. It had been crossing a wire when it slipped, so front paws on upperwire, bottom paws on the one below. Instant Squirrel Toast.

The best part was that the shock gave it muscle rictus and so it STAYED like that for MONTHS until it decayed away.

Unless the best part is that it was right at a bus stop for the little kindergarteners.
2003-03-30 12:15:45 PM  
Who put fifty tons of shiat on the Foreign Office roof?
Who suffers from nine known diseases?
Who gets up in the morning when the sun comes up
And makes their beds, paper clips, bus tickets
All around their heads?
Who congregate around Trafalgar Square
Taking pot shots at the tourists?
Oh you've got to watch out
When you wander round the square in the morning
Cos they're everywhere, they're everywhere
Here we have an honest man
A civil servant to boot
He lived high up in the Ministry
And when he wished to make a point
He knew just what to do
His window ledges were all covered in grease
"I want them out of here"
He said to me, "I want them gone"
Because you see - Oh don't you see
None of us are getting any younger
You've got to follow your nose
And if it tells you that you've got to go
Well that's because, they're everywhere,
They're everywhere
So we called in those men, those horrible men
We set them to work on the rooftops
You see their van is very plain
And I know they're too ashamed
To wear their by appointment badges anymore
Sometimes they use vaseline, sometimes they use the pill
I've often seen them with a gun
But as the years go by, old habits seem to die
And nowadays they knockatize them all
Oh you've got to watch out
As you wander round the square in the morning
Oh they're everywhere, they're everywhere
2003-03-30 12:56:02 PM  

"Oh my God, Hitchcock is staying in town, RUN !"

[image from too old to be available]

2003-03-30 01:09:43 PM  
Keep your city clean eat a pigeon.--none(prefers beaver to pigeon toed chicks)
2003-03-30 02:06:30 PM  
FYI - It's a documented fact that buzzard dung collecting on top of power poles will also cause power outages. I know this because I used to work for a major electric utility working on a transmission line outage database. Idiot bushhog operators cutting power pole guy wires cause far more power outages than buzzards.
2003-03-30 02:15:20 PM  
I see that a lot of you hate pigeons. You know, the common name for a pigeon is a Rock Dove. Yes, that's right. According, to ornithologists, pigeons are doves and doves are pigeons. Doves are just white pigeons.

So, since you hate the "winged rats," then you must hate the symbol for "peace and love" right?
2003-03-30 02:18:10 PM  
DhaliClone: I hate all who indiscriminately crap on my car.
2003-03-30 02:19:40 PM  
now id like to see that event occur...
2003-03-30 02:21:48 PM  
Well, at least you hate all of them, and for good reason! Heh. I just don't like when people are all like, "Pigeons blow! Now, the dove, that's a bird."
2003-03-30 02:24:48 PM  
DhaliClone :

We worked with white pigeons in Psych lab and sometimes I would look at them and think, "awww, but it's a dove..." then it would bite me and try to escape and I'd correct myself: "No, it's a farking pigeon!" I don't make that mistake any more

And with all the liberals-giving-liberals-a-bad-name on my campus, yeah, I'm starting to hate the symbol for peace and love too.
2003-03-30 02:33:47 PM  
The difference between pigeons and doves is more cultural than genetic. Pigeons congregate in urban areas, ruin their neighborhoods, and generally make life miserable for the rest of us. Doves tend to prefer the suburbs, don't make a mess and are pleasant to have around.

From a purely biological standpoint, of course, they're basically the same bird...
2003-03-30 02:48:44 PM  
Everytime the power blinks a pigeon loses it's wings.
2003-03-30 03:43:44 PM  
Trying to say we should be pro-pigeon just because we are pro-dove is just retarded flamebait :P Ignore it :P
2003-03-30 04:04:51 PM  
I like pigeons...with orange sauce.
2003-03-30 04:19:22 PM  
Ravens eat pigeons. Sometimes they tear the heads off of them and don't eat them. Import some, they'll take care of the pigeon problem. But I must warn you, ravens are called "dumpster chickens" around here.

Ravens are cooler though. They can make a sound like a turkey.
2003-03-30 05:00:58 PM  
Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
by Tom Lehrer

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here.
Life is skittles, And life is beer.
I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring.
(I do. Don't you? 'Course you do!)
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me,
And makes ev'ry Sunday a treat for me.

All the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.
Ev'ry Sunday you'll see my sweetheart and me,
As we poison the pigeons in the park.

When they see us coming,
The birdies all try an' hide,
But they still go for peanuts
When coated with cyanide.

The sun's shining bright,
Ev'rything seems all right,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

We've gained notoriety,
And caused much anxiety
In the Audubon Society
With our games.
They call it impiety,
And lack of propriety,
And quite a variety
Of unpleasant names.
But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon.

So if Sunday you're free, why don't you come with me,
And we'll poison the pigeons in the park.
And maybe we'll do in a squirrel or two,
While we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

We'll murder them all
Amid laughter and merriment,
Except for the few
We take home to experiment.

My pulse will be quickenin'
With each drop of strych'nine
We feed to a pigeon,
(It just takes a smidgin!)
To poison a pigeon in the park.
2003-03-30 05:29:37 PM  

This is the sign. Earth has 1 year and then BURNINATION!!
2003-03-30 05:53:31 PM  
I take pigeon's dental records...
2003-03-30 05:56:12 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

"He killed my Speckled Jim!"
2003-03-30 06:14:33 PM  
Repair crews restringed the wires...
Language skills seem to be lacking on the left coast.

Perhaps it's like when you execute somebody by hanging. They are "hanged" as opposed to being "hung" (that is a little different). But what do I know?
2003-03-30 09:32:50 PM  
Air rats.
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