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(Smithsonian Magazine)   If the zombie apocalypse should come, shoot the crows. Seriously   (blogs.smithsonianmag.com ) divider line
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2012-10-18 11:32:32 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: You should do that anyway. They are the eyes and ears of the Dark One.


Which one?
 
2012-10-18 11:52:02 PM  
Is it just me, or do the pictures of Brandon Lee and other "The Crow" pics make me really sad? It's just...kind of a downer in general.
 
2012-10-18 11:53:52 PM  

Texian: Zarquon's Flat Tire: You should do that anyway. They are the eyes and ears of the Dark One.

Which one?


Shai Tan. The walkin dude too.
 
2012-10-18 11:55:09 PM  
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RIP
 
2012-10-18 11:55:22 PM  
Some cycle like this makes me lean towards killing off crows:

i1211.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-18 11:55:56 PM  
Prefers stoning, thank you.

content7.flixster.com
 
2012-10-18 11:59:15 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Zombies aren't real, idiots.


Sure about that?
 
2012-10-19 12:07:21 AM  
The researchers then injected healthy mice with prions recovered from the crows' droppings, and those mice showed signs of prion disease. [No shiat.] 

FTFY
 
2012-10-19 12:10:45 AM  

harrydorcas: Nobody takes a crow for a pet anyway.


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Uncle Billy Disagrees



Also...

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The residents of Ravenhill disapprove

 
2012-10-19 12:16:19 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: eggrolls: If there are zombie mosquitoes, we are so totally farked.

No doubt.


Dig those three hardasses who won't wear netting.
 
2012-10-19 12:20:07 AM  

Thats_right_ALL_the_tea: ArcadianRefugee: Anyone who has ever played a zombie-shooting video game could tell you that.

Yeah! Resident Evil 4 taught me that crows are full of helpful money and grenades anyway.


this
 
2012-10-19 12:30:52 AM  

way south: /22 will do crows, but it just won't cut it for zombies.


Several zombie books disagree. They all pretty much say that a headshot with a .22 is a great way to destroy a brain because the bullet has enough power to enter the skull but not exit, so it just bounces around inside while it expends its energy. And since .22 LR ammunition is both very common and relatively light weight, it is rather ideal for any zombie survival kit.

That's what they say, anyway.
 
2012-10-19 12:34:25 AM  
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Gonna need a bigger gun.
 
2012-10-19 12:39:24 AM  
I believe Resident Evil already covered this.

The upside is that about any decent firearm will be more than sufficient to knock out a zombified crow.
 
2012-10-19 12:40:47 AM  
Try it and that's a stabbin!

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2012-10-19 12:43:17 AM  

illannoyin: harrydorcas: Nobody takes a crow for a pet anyway.

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Uncle Billy Disagrees

Also...

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The residents of Ravenhill disapprove


We don't go there anymore...
 
2012-10-19 12:45:15 AM  
Or Ravenholm, either.

/dang
 
2012-10-19 12:48:05 AM  

hdhale: [3critical.files.wordpress.com image 374x500]

Finds all this crow shooting talk objectionable.


No he wouldn't - shooting him was a minor inconvenience
 
2012-10-19 12:55:01 AM  
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Come at me, bro.
 
2012-10-19 12:56:07 AM  

harrydorcas: Nobody takes a crow for a pet anyway.


Ummm...
 
2012-10-19 01:00:46 AM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: You should do that anyway. They are the eyes and ears of the Dark One.


Odin is the Dark One?
 
2012-10-19 01:01:01 AM  
I wish this tired, overly played out zombie crap would go the way of the macarena already.
 
2012-10-19 01:03:31 AM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

possibly slightly obscure in its relevance
 
2012-10-19 01:05:27 AM  
Always nod your head to the crows you see, and they will nod back... these are not your foes.
 
2012-10-19 01:05:43 AM  

iaazathot: Zarquon's Flat Tire: You should do that anyway. They are the eyes and ears of the Dark One.

Odin is the Dark One?


Hecate, you illiterate heretic.
 
2012-10-19 01:10:28 AM  

Betep: AverageAmericanGuy: Zombies aren't real, idiots.


Reeeeeeeeeeeeaaallllllyyyyy??????????

Hmmmmm. . .

Sounds like you've never lived in a neighborhood overrun by meth addicts and bath salt snorters!

 
2012-10-19 02:07:09 AM  
Well, f that. Crows are cool, and a protected species, at least here in California.
/raised a crow baby then fledged it
 
2012-10-19 02:48:32 AM  

Gyrfalcon: iaazathot: Zarquon's Flat Tire: You should do that anyway. They are the eyes and ears of the Dark One.

Odin is the Dark One?

Hecate, you illiterate heretic.


Actually, it's not the ravens you have to worry about so much as the Raven Mockers. These are easy to distinguish from regular ravens because they go after livers (rather than eyes and brains) and are probably stumbling around drunk as skunks after a Fark meet :D

/NOBODY SAID WE HAD TO STAY WITH EUROPEAN MYTHOLOGY
//it was pretty much...well...this for American representation, because the Raven stories people are more familiar with have him as an epic troll. Kind of like Coyote only pointier :D
 
2012-10-19 02:50:49 AM  

hdhale: [3critical.files.wordpress.com image 374x500]

Finds all this crow shooting talk objectionable.


So says a reanimated dead guy... yeah I'm sure you are on our side and not the Zombies.
 
2012-10-19 02:53:54 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Zombies aren't real, idiots.


No, but stinky gun-grabbing hippie trolls are.
 
2012-10-19 03:18:24 AM  
fta When the crows excreted the digested brains around four hours later, the prions emerged without any damage.

Wanted: Diseased mouse brain-filled bird poo collection technician. Competitive salary. Stable and gruel. Hunched back required. Small speech impediment and slight Slavic accent are desirable.
 
2012-10-19 04:45:07 AM  

Notabunny: fta When the crows excreted the digested brains around four hours later, the prions emerged without any damage.

Wanted: Diseased mouse brain-filled bird poo collection technician. Competitive salary. Stable and gruel. Hunched back required. Small speech impediment and slight Slavic accent are desirable.


I know somebody, but he's a former bell-ringer. Is he over-qualified?
 
2012-10-19 06:07:52 AM  

mamoru: way south: /22 will do crows, but it just won't cut it for zombies.

Several zombie books disagree. They all pretty much say that a headshot with a .22 is a great way to destroy a brain because the bullet has enough power to enter the skull but not exit, so it just bounces around inside while it expends its energy. And since .22 LR ammunition is both very common and relatively light weight, it is rather ideal for any zombie survival kit.

That's what they say, anyway.


I've heard that too, but I question this advise based on two issues.
The first being that human skulls can be thick, especially in the front. 22lr is a round mainly meant for small game and target shooting. It is often used to kill larger animals and can certainly kill humans, but most times we'd be talking about close ranges and aiming at fleshy parts.
At distance on a skull sounds like a gamble. At closer ranges, headshots aren't always guaranteed.

The second issue is that,t with all this zombie talk, no ones ever met a zombie.
We only know that a hypothetical one is based on the human body, and that the head is its a likely weak point (altho if the body is not depending on its heart, there's no assurance its using its brain either). Maybe they'll be day of the dead shamblers, or maybe they'll still be "alive" and move like bath salt empowered face eaters.
If the latter, you wouldn't settle for a round that sometimes gets the job done. You'd want to break the target in meaningful ways. Like a shotgun or a 308.

I see the 223 as a solid middle ground. Small enough to be carried in quantity, powerful enough to do damage at a distance.
 
2012-10-19 06:43:13 AM  
The researchers then injected healthy mice with prions recovered from the crows' droppings, and those mice showed signs of prion disease.

Why not inject the prions directly into the crows?
 
2012-10-19 07:37:35 AM  
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2012-10-19 07:51:28 AM  
Four words: kill it with FIRE!

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2012-10-19 08:13:48 AM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: You should do that anyway. They are the eyes and ears of the Dark One.


You fool! My minions on Earth are cute and cuddly, you would NEVER find them!
 
2012-10-19 08:29:42 AM  

Matrix Flavored Wasabi: basemetal: Why, are you worried about someone injecting crow shiat into your veins?

More likely into the brain directly. It would've been more interesting to see if these prions were transmitted from ingestion. It really makes plenty of sense that scavengers evolved to be able to digest prions and other harmful organisms safely, since they have to be pretty indiscriminate in what they eat.


They don't digest them, they poop them out. And an amazing variety of parasites and pathogens have learned to adapt themselves to make "getting eaten by scavenger" a necessary part of their life cycle, a kind of transport system to reaching their primary reproduction vector.

/successful diseases kill the hosts they reproduce in
//and not the hosts they rely on to spread them around
 
2012-10-19 08:34:30 AM  

Tatterdemalian: Matrix Flavored Wasabi: basemetal: Why, are you worried about someone injecting crow shiat into your veins?

More likely into the brain directly. It would've been more interesting to see if these prions were transmitted from ingestion. It really makes plenty of sense that scavengers evolved to be able to digest prions and other harmful organisms safely, since they have to be pretty indiscriminate in what they eat.

They don't digest them, they poop them out. And an amazing variety of parasites and pathogens have learned to adapt themselves to make "getting eaten by scavenger" a necessary part of their life cycle, a kind of transport system to reaching their primary reproduction vector.

/successful diseases kill the hosts they reproduce in
//and not the hosts they rely on to spread them around


I meant for the rats that were injected with the pooped-out prions...ie if the prions were isolated and added to their diet if there was any consequence at all (which would have consequences as far as runoff and things like that go).
 
2012-10-19 09:15:47 AM  
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Doesn't mind getting shot...
 
2012-10-19 09:50:56 AM  
Stiletto Mafiosa unavailable for comment.
 
2012-10-19 09:51:50 AM  

doobiebrother: dur


No, you fool! He's the only one who knows what we're up against!
 
2012-10-19 10:25:37 AM  

TommyymmoT: I wish this tired, overly played out zombie crap would go the way of the macarena already.


Hush you; it's infinitely preferable to the Vampire (sparkly or sultry southern) crap we had to hear about before the ZA took over.
 
2012-10-19 11:31:34 AM  

Fart_Machine: hdhale: [3critical.files.wordpress.com image 374x500]

Finds all this crow shooting talk objectionable.

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Quick impression for you. Caw! Caw! Bang! Fark, I'm dead!


this is why i love fark

how bout an 'introspective moment of silence'
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2012-10-19 11:49:23 AM  
Mr. Munshun and Gorg do not approve.
 
2012-10-19 01:24:33 PM  

inner ted: Fart_Machine: hdhale: [3critical.files.wordpress.com image 374x500]

Finds all this crow shooting talk objectionable.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 576x327]

Quick impression for you. Caw! Caw! Bang! Fark, I'm dead!

this is why i love fark

how bout an 'introspective moment of silence'
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The only Crow film that was worth a damn.
 
2012-10-19 03:43:29 PM  

illannoyin:

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The residents of Ravenhill disapprove


Ravens != Crows
 
2012-10-20 12:16:22 AM  
Isn't there a crow eating a really fake looking dead rabbit in the opening credits to "The Walking Dead?"
 
2012-10-20 12:21:25 AM  

2 Replies: illannoyin:

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The residents of Ravenhill disapprove

Ravens != Crows


But they're both corvids. I wonder if ravens also spread this.

//Was surprised when I visited Perth, Western Australia, and the crows (ravens?) sounding more like mewing cats than the cawing of their North American cousins.//
 
2012-10-20 11:46:58 AM  

LordOfThePings: [images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 500x373]

possibly slightly obscure in its relevance


Burns: [voice only] Yes, we've isolated the problem. Wouldn't you know, false alarm.
Marge: Phew!
Burns: It seems a single wayward crow flew into our warning system.
Kent: Very good. Well, sir, your point about nuclear hysteria is well-taken.
This reporter promises to be more trusting and less vigilant
in the future.
Burns: [in his office, still wearing his radiation suit]
Excellent. Well, ta! 

Plus the sound of the establishing shot for the SNPP.
 
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