Birds Rain from the Skies!

– – Yes, I live to write headlines like that!- -And in the Arkansas town of Beebe, more than 1,000 blackbirds fell from the sky in a one-mile area Friday night about 30 minutes before the arrival of the new year.

A wildlife officer on the scene reported that the birds “showed physical trauma,” and said the flock might have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail.   Another theory was that fireworks launched skyward by new year’s revelers might have stressed the birds.

And with 1,000 dead birds on the ground in Beebe,  they then obviously wanted to get the flock out of there…

(…What?– -You didn’t think I’d pass up a gift like that, did ‘ya?)   😉

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(Addendum: The number of dead birds has been upped to possibly as high as 5,000!  Preliminary autopsies have determined that the birds died of traumatic injuries inflicted not on the ground but in the air, which lends support to theories of death by impact.)

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3 Comments on “Birds Rain from the Skies!”

  1. carycomic Says:


    The king, in that poem, only got 24. Which means there must have been someone more powerful than a king in Beebe. Like, say, Hilary Rodham-Clinton?


  2. carycomic Says:

    Holy Forteana! Did you hear about the sequel? A shower of fish, this time!*

    *I’m not kidding, either. :-O


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