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2014-03-20 08:26:48 AM
Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.
 
2014-03-20 08:27:09 AM

strangeluck: Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.


Yup.
 
2014-03-20 08:29:00 AM
I think I saw one of these things try to hump Stephen Fry's head.
 
2014-03-20 08:29:36 AM

sendtodave: strangeluck: Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.

Yup.


indeed
 
2014-03-20 08:30:28 AM

strangeluck: Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.


For once, title delivers.
 
2014-03-20 08:40:07 AM

Bathysphere: I think I saw one of these things try to hump Stephen Fry's head.


you did!  it was his guide, really- on an old show called Last Chance to See.  i just saw a re-run the other day.  they're these immense, nocturnal, flightless parrots that were nearly eaten into extinction a while back.  too dumb to run, because they'd had no natural predators for so long.  it would be pretty cool if they bounced back- the show, from 2008, i think, made it sound like a unlikely scenario.  and before people start in with, 'let species go extinct, it's natural', well, if our negative interference is natural, then it follows that preservation is too, so... preemptive argument win!  ;>
(besides, they really are funny little guys- a parrot with an owl-face)
 
2014-03-20 08:41:47 AM
I don't think that's a kakapo...

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2014-03-20 08:42:49 AM
I bet they'll grow quickly on joy juice
 
2014-03-20 08:45:37 AM
Kiwis point and laugh at kakapos.
 
2014-03-20 08:47:52 AM

Freakin Rican: sendtodave: strangeluck: Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.

Yup.

indeed


What they said.
 
2014-03-20 08:51:15 AM
When I read that the males sucked in air and belched loudly to get the females to mate, I was pumped up to see/hear.

Then there was...that.

Sounded like someone blowing on a jug.

/disappointedness
//they sure are ugly-ass though
 
2014-03-20 08:56:53 AM
Read Douglas Adams' "Last Chance to See". That is all.
 
2014-03-20 09:03:31 AM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But, my dog lets out some prodigious belches, and you can't hear that 3 miles away, so there always that.
 
2014-03-20 09:36:49 AM

strangeluck: Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.


Do ugly, they're beautiful.

I'll take these two.
 
2014-03-20 09:38:08 AM
Dammit to h-e-double-hockey-sticks!!

So ugly, not Do ugly.

Ugly is as ugly does.
 
2014-03-20 09:51:54 AM

Mell of a Hess: strangeluck: Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.

Do ugly, they're beautiful.

I'll take these two.


If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
so for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall
As soon as he marries her then she starts
Doing the things that will break his heart
But if you make an ugly woman your wife
Then you will be happy for the rest of your life
An ugly woman cooks meals on time
She'll always give you peace of mind
 
2014-03-20 09:52:25 AM
stream1.gifsoup.com
 
2014-03-20 10:03:39 AM
Yeah, Kakapos are about as ugly as their name.
 
2014-03-20 10:03:50 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: Mell of a Hess: strangeluck: Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.

Do ugly, they're beautiful.

I'll take these two.

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
so for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall
As soon as he marries her then she starts
Doing the things that will break his heart
But if you make an ugly woman your wife
Then you will be happy for the rest of your life
An ugly woman cooks meals on time
She'll always give you peace of mind


That is one of the best tunes ever.
 
2014-03-20 10:06:53 AM
kweh?
 
2014-03-20 10:37:00 AM

Kyro: [stream1.gifsoup.com image 320x240]


HAHAHAHA... ewww.
 
2014-03-20 10:49:08 AM

strangeluck: Ugly-ass is very accurate this time.


Almost all birds are gross-looking when they first hatch.

My favorite exception is the maleo, which hatches fully-feathered and is able to fly the day it's born. How cool is that shiat?
 
2014-03-20 11:10:09 AM
This is what happens after a night on the joy juice...
 
2014-03-20 11:23:52 AM

rainbowbutter: Bathysphere: I think I saw one of these things try to hump Stephen Fry's head.

you did!  it was his guide, really- on an old show called Last Chance to See.  i just saw a re-run the other day.  they're these immense, nocturnal, flightless parrots that were nearly eaten into extinction a while back.  too dumb to run, because they'd had no natural predators for so long.  it would be pretty cool if they bounced back- the show, from 2008, i think, made it sound like a unlikely scenario.  and before people start in with, 'let species go extinct, it's natural', well, if our negative interference is natural, then it follows that preservation is too, so... preemptive argument win!  ;>
(besides, they really are funny little guys- a parrot with an owl-face)


The Book Last Chance to See, was written by the late great Douglas Adams, and as only he could, it hilariously, yet poignantly describes while this animal is evolutionary DOOMED, (in addition to what you mention above, its mating strategy is also unbelievably bad and so  matings more or less occur by random chance)   and yet why that's a sad thing (their mating cry is  a huge bass-rumble that is amplified by natural speaker bowls they carve out so it sounds like the forest has a beating heart)
 
2014-03-20 11:56:29 AM
A long-ass farkin time ago in a town called kakapo..
 
2014-03-20 12:03:13 PM

Magorn: rainbowbutter: Bathysphere: I think I saw one of these things try to hump Stephen Fry's head.

you did!  it was his guide, really- on an old show called Last Chance to See.  i just saw a re-run the other day.  they're these immense, nocturnal, flightless parrots that were nearly eaten into extinction a while back.  too dumb to run, because they'd had no natural predators for so long.  it would be pretty cool if they bounced back- the show, from 2008, i think, made it sound like a unlikely scenario.  and before people start in with, 'let species go extinct, it's natural', well, if our negative interference is natural, then it follows that preservation is too, so... preemptive argument win!  ;>
(besides, they really are funny little guys- a parrot with an owl-face)

The Book Last Chance to See, was written by the late great Douglas Adams, and as only he could, it hilariously, yet poignantly describes while this animal is evolutionary DOOMED, (in addition to what you mention above, its mating strategy is also unbelievably bad and so  matings more or less occur by random chance)   and yet why that's a sad thing (their mating cry is  a huge bass-rumble that is amplified by natural speaker bowls they carve out so it sounds like the forest has a beating heart)


And since bass is non-directional, the female has no way of determining which way to go to find their male mate.

QI had a bit about how to hunt Kakapo (since there used to be a bounty on them).  Basically, you walk up to a group of Kakapo with a stick.  You then go and hide behind a rock.  One of the Kakapo will come and look behind the rock to figure out where you went.  Then you club it in the head.  The next Kakapo notices that its friend is missing, so it waddles over to see what happened, so you club it over the head.  Rinse and repeat until you reach your daily quota.
 
2014-03-20 12:50:31 PM
"The bird will then let out deep belches that can be heard more than three miles away."

Sounds like my stepmom after a Diet Dr. Pepper binge. Perhaps it's just her breeding season.
 
2014-03-20 04:08:15 PM

rainbowbutter: Bathysphere: I think I saw one of these things try to hump Stephen Fry's head.

you did!  it was his guide, really- on an old show called Last Chance to See.  i just saw a re-run the other day.  they're these immense, nocturnal, flightless parrots that were nearly eaten into extinction a while back.  too dumb to run, because they'd had no natural predators for so long.  it would be pretty cool if they bounced back- the show, from 2008, i think, made it sound like a unlikely scenario.  and before people start in with, 'let species go extinct, it's natural', well, if our negative interference is natural, then it follows that preservation is too, so... preemptive argument win!  ;>
(besides, they really are funny little guys- a parrot with an owl-face)


That's Sirocco. I got to "meet" him at a wildlife sanctuary he was visiting a few months ago. He reminded me of my cat, a bit pudgy and always looking for food. He has an entourage that flies him around to different sites on tour for a few months per year in his duties as New Zealand's National Spokesbird for Conservation. The sanctuary here has a special display building that only houses Sirocco and is empty the rest of the year. He's a parrot rock star.

With the eggs hatching this year, there are now 130 kakapo.

/every single word is true
 
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