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(North Jersey)   New Jersey town to spray grape flavored chemical fog to scare away birds. Scientists say it's made from a mix of Nerds and Jolly Ranchers, distilled grape juice, fermented Dimetapp, and a scoop of Big League Chew and Kool Aid   (northjersey.com) divider line 72
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2014-08-12 01:23:55 AM  
The EPA has classified the chemical as a naturally occurring flavorant, and the FDA has labeled it "generally regarded as safe."

Which basically means the company that makes the stuff hired somebody to say "Yeah, it's all good" and the FDA just takes them at their word.
 
2014-08-12 03:51:45 AM  
Choosy cults choose flav-r-ade
 
2014-08-12 03:52:54 AM  
They may scare away birds, but they'll attract far worse.
 
2014-08-12 03:54:31 AM  
"The method is a pain stimulus in the trigeminal nerves which are found in the throats and mucus membranes of the beak and eyes. Almost all animals have these nerves, yet only birds have a negative response to methyl anthranilate. Birds "feel" it as pain, while mammals, including humans, perceive it as a grape scent."

That is amazing, and if it weren't for the internet I wouldn't believe it.  Apparently, the reverse is true for capsaicin.
 
2014-08-12 03:56:07 AM  
Why the fark not just shoot the birds?

It's simpler, easier, and probably also more environment friendly.

This misguided goodness of not killing a percieved pest is awfully stupid.
Either you co-habitate and deal with the animals OR you carve out the area as you see fit.
 
2014-08-12 03:56:20 AM  
Big league chew? Subby please.

www.applecandyco.com
 
2014-08-12 04:02:46 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-12 04:06:20 AM  

robohobo: They may scare away birds, but they'll attract far worse.


Yeah, them Jersey rats are a bad bunch.
 
2014-08-12 04:10:04 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-12 04:23:03 AM  
DRANK!
 
2014-08-12 04:31:19 AM  
Well, they can't make Jersey smell any WORSE...
 
2014-08-12 04:35:14 AM  
Does it work on crows?
 
2014-08-12 04:36:02 AM  

pnkgtr: DRANK!


Smells like Newark. Also there's crack. Cause Newark.
 
2014-08-12 04:37:40 AM  

Wake Up Sheeple: Does it work on crows?


www.awaltzthroughdisney.com
 
2014-08-12 04:39:40 AM  
Wait, what? Birds get painful responses from grape scented chemicals, but humans don't. Wow.....who knew?! I certainly did not.

/ seriously......I never like grape flavored.....well, anything grape flavored

// except for real grapes.....those taste good to me

/// try grapes frozen....so yummy!
 
2014-08-12 04:49:46 AM  
They eat grapes..
 
2014-08-12 04:53:23 AM  
never mind.. artifical flavoring.. get it..
 
2014-08-12 04:58:21 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-12 05:25:34 AM  

CHEMTRAILS!

 
2014-08-12 05:26:56 AM  

DocTravesty: "The method is a pain stimulus in the trigeminal nerves which are found in the throats and mucus membranes of the beak and eyes. Almost all animals have these nerves, yet only birds have a negative response to methyl anthranilate. Birds "feel" it as pain, while mammals, including humans, perceive it as a grape scent."

That is amazing, and if it weren't for the internet I wouldn't believe it.  Apparently, the reverse is true for capsaicin.


What,  red hot chilli peppers taste like grape to small birds who have it rubbed in their eyes?

Hah.. I knew birds were immune.  I wonder if they perceive it as a flavour?
 
2014-08-12 05:29:32 AM  

DocTravesty: "The method is a pain stimulus in the trigeminal nerves which are found in the throats and mucus membranes of the beak and eyes. Almost all animals have these nerves, yet only birds have a negative response to methyl anthranilate. Birds "feel" it as pain, while mammals, including humans, perceive it as a grape scent."

That is amazing, and if it weren't for the internet I wouldn't believe it.  Apparently, the reverse is true for capsaicin.


I always thought that was the reason capsaicin existed in the first place. Peppers have seeds, and to get the maximum amount of dispersal it hurts the hell out of anything that tries to eat it except birds. Naturally, stupid humans decided it was a good idea to eat pure, unadulterated pain. 

/IIRC
//I could be talking out of my ass
///or typing out of my ass
////You're welcome for the visual.
 
2014-08-12 05:31:05 AM  

lindseyp: DocTravesty: "The method is a pain stimulus in the trigeminal nerves which are found in the throats and mucus membranes of the beak and eyes. Almost all animals have these nerves, yet only birds have a negative response to methyl anthranilate. Birds "feel" it as pain, while mammals, including humans, perceive it as a grape scent."

That is amazing, and if it weren't for the internet I wouldn't believe it.  Apparently, the reverse is true for capsaicin.

What,  red hot chilli peppers taste like grape to small birds who have it rubbed in their eyes?

Hah.. I knew birds were immune.  I wonder if they perceive it as a flavour?


How do I know if what I taste as purple is what other people taste as purple!?!!?!
 
2014-08-12 05:34:14 AM  
The town should turn the roosting flock into a tourist attraction.

/others have done it
 
2014-08-12 05:41:17 AM  

DocTravesty: lindseyp: DocTravesty: "The method is a pain stimulus in the trigeminal nerves which are found in the throats and mucus membranes of the beak and eyes. Almost all animals have these nerves, yet only birds have a negative response to methyl anthranilate. Birds "feel" it as pain, while mammals, including humans, perceive it as a grape scent."

That is amazing, and if it weren't for the internet I wouldn't believe it.  Apparently, the reverse is true for capsaicin.

What,  red hot chilli peppers taste like grape to small birds who have it rubbed in their eyes?

Hah.. I knew birds were immune.  I wonder if they perceive it as a flavour?

How do I know if what I taste as purple is what other people taste as purple!?!!?!



Depends. Are you black? Blacks have special purple receptors. Don't try to fool them with SunnyD.

mediad.publicbroadcasting.net
 
2014-08-12 06:01:38 AM  
True story: This is all Shakespeare's fault.

In the 1800s, aristocratic do-gooders were all trying to contribute culture to the unwashed masses.

One such do-gooder was a man named Eugene Schieffelin. He adored Shakespeare, and felt that Americans would not be able to fully appreciate Shakespeare without intimate knowledge of all the birds The Bard mentioned in his plays and poems, so he, working with a group called the American Acclimatization Society, set out to bring all those species from England to populate the new world.

This was also before the idea of invasive species.

Schieffelin brought 60 pairs of Starlings to New York's central park and released them in a grandiose celebration in 1890. A year later, he brought 40 more. His group was also responsible for the introduction of another invasive pest, the English House Sparrow. Most of the other species failed to survive in the US.

Within fifty years or so, Starlings were being spotted on the West Coast, displacing native migratory species and competing with them for food all across the continent. Their population continues to grow to the point that they're a threat to several agricultural crops.

So it is Shakespeare who is responsible for spraying this park with grape flavoring.
 
2014-08-12 06:07:42 AM  
Bring on the fat kids licking the ground
 
2014-08-12 06:19:36 AM  

El Rich-o: [img.fark.net image 216x274]


At least they're not threatening to grape the birds in the mouth.
 
2014-08-12 06:30:21 AM  
Would that be officer Snyder, in Hoptacong?

/squeeeeeel like a pig!
 
2014-08-12 06:39:55 AM  
DNRTFA. How many comments are....
"That sounds awfully festive. OMG IT'S GAY SPRAY!"
 
2014-08-12 06:44:55 AM  
Is the delivery method a dark windowless van?
 
2014-08-12 06:57:57 AM  

robohobo: They may scare away birds, but they'll attract far worse.


Vintners?
 
2014-08-12 07:02:23 AM  
simpsonswiki.com
 
2014-08-12 07:07:04 AM  

Public Savant: Why the fark not just shoot the birds?

It's simpler, easier, and probably also more environment friendly.

This misguided goodness of not killing a percieved pest is awfully stupid.
Either you co-habitate and deal with the animals OR you carve out the area as you see fit.


That's a great theory to live by:

Either cohabitate or murder*! (*Not a crow pun btw) No compromise!!
 
2014-08-12 07:09:39 AM  

Wake Up Sheeple: Does it work on crows?


No, to crows its just murder*.

/*pun
 
2014-08-12 07:21:06 AM  
ANYthing fake-grape flavored should be considered toxic.  That is the worst taste in the world.
 
2014-08-12 07:23:14 AM  
www.futurama-madhouse.com

"Do's birds aint's going nowhere's without yours truely behind the wheels of the sprayers truck. Now who's going to Nutley?"
 
2014-08-12 07:24:57 AM  
They better be careful. If that cloud seeps into Newark, flocks of hysterical birds won't be the only thing tearing up Nutley.

/exits through emergency door
 
2014-08-12 07:32:56 AM  

gggoddammitt: DocTravesty: "The method is a pain stimulus in the trigeminal nerves which are found in the throats and mucus membranes of the beak and eyes. Almost all animals have these nerves, yet only birds have a negative response to methyl anthranilate. Birds "feel" it as pain, while mammals, including humans, perceive it as a grape scent."

That is amazing, and if it weren't for the internet I wouldn't believe it.  Apparently, the reverse is true for capsaicin.

I always thought that was the reason capsaicin existed in the first place. Peppers have seeds, and to get the maximum amount of dispersal it hurts the hell out of anything that tries to eat it except birds. Naturally, stupid humans decided it was a good idea to eat pure, unadulterated pain. 

/IIRC
//I could be talking out of my ass
///or typing out of my ass
////You're welcome for the visual.


Roomate use to have habanero plants. She also had a pitbull that would haul ass over to the plant anytime there was a pepper on it and would eat them. And the dog wouldn't gulp them down either, she would take her time and chew them up.

Now the other day I had a gyro I didn't finish, so I was tossing my husky bits of left over meat. Then for fun, I tossed a jalepeno that came with it. Dog snatched it out of the air, took a bite, paused,  spit it on the ground and gave me a "What the fark is wrong with you" look.
 
2014-08-12 07:49:03 AM  
Hmm, no Foxy Brown with the menthol grape test pencils designed to prevent black people from being able to do tests.
 
2014-08-12 07:54:07 AM  
www.laweekly.com

Can't we hand these out to the rioters in St Louis? maybe they will calm the frack down.
 
2014-08-12 08:01:33 AM  

MythDragon: gggoddammitt: DocTravesty: "The method is a pain stimulus in the trigeminal nerves which are found in the throats and mucus membranes of the beak and eyes. Almost all animals have these nerves, yet only birds have a negative response to methyl anthranilate. Birds "feel" it as pain, while mammals, including humans, perceive it as a grape scent."

That is amazing, and if it weren't for the internet I wouldn't believe it.  Apparently, the reverse is true for capsaicin.

I always thought that was the reason capsaicin existed in the first place. Peppers have seeds, and to get the maximum amount of dispersal it hurts the hell out of anything that tries to eat it except birds. Naturally, stupid humans decided it was a good idea to eat pure, unadulterated pain. 

/IIRC
//I could be talking out of my ass
///or typing out of my ass
////You're welcome for the visual.

Roomate use to have habanero plants. She also had a pitbull that would haul ass over to the plant anytime there was a pepper on it and would eat them. And the dog wouldn't gulp them down either, she would take her time and chew them up.

Now the other day I had a gyro I didn't finish, so I was tossing my husky bits of left over meat. Then for fun, I tossed a jalepeno that came with it. Dog snatched it out of the air, took a bite, paused,  spit it on the ground and gave me a "What the fark is wrong with you" look.


That's interesting. I always read about how animals are much more intelligent than we give them credit for. Crows can identify people over generations, cephalopods can solve puzzles and pick locks, dolphins are technologically superior to us, and some lower life forms display signs of independent thought. Dogs are considered as one of the more intelligent species. What this story tells me, is that dogs also have their equivalent of Lennys.
 
2014-08-12 08:03:02 AM  

MythDragon: Now the other day I had a gyro I didn't finish, so I was tossing my husky bits of left over meat. Then for fun, I tossed a jalepeno that came with it. Dog snatched it out of the air, took a bite, paused, spit it on the ground and gave me a "What the fark is wrong with you" look.


Well, after you've eaten habaneros, a jalepeno is like a carrot. I don't blame the dog at all.

As a side note, I'd occasionally feed my college roommate's lorikeet chiltepin peppers (my favorite) when I felt generous. Bird loved 'em! Back in the day, before Ghost Peppers arrived from the ethereal plane, those scored the #2 spot for hottest pepper. (I later learned that chiltepin peppers are also known as "Bird peppers".)

www.chiltepin.us
 
2014-08-12 08:04:06 AM  
RIP best grape-flavored gum ever.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-12 08:06:04 AM  

Misconduc: [www.laweekly.com image 550x395]

Can't we hand these out to the rioters in St Louis? maybe they will calm the frack down.


"Syzurp"? WTF? Did the pharma brand name generator have a seizure?
 
2014-08-12 08:06:11 AM  
Making the town smell and taste like MD 20-20 is not going to change things. People and birds will still wonder "what's that smell?" whenever they visit Jersey.
 
2014-08-12 08:14:26 AM  

wabu: They eat grapes..


We eat peppers.
 
2014-08-12 08:14:46 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-12 08:27:07 AM  

robohobo: Wake Up Sheeple: Does it work on crows?


Attracts chiggers
 
2014-08-12 08:28:16 AM  
Eh, my kids are partial to Airheads...but is there a grape one?
 
2014-08-12 08:37:45 AM  
Sugar

Water

Purple
 
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