Stool Pigeon

Here’s a heartwarming little story, and a brief diversion from weightier matters: according to an item in Tuesday’s Daily Mail, visitors to London’s St. James Park were witnesses to an epic struggle as a pelican grappled with a pigeon. According to the report, it took the venturesome waterfowl — pelicans customarily dine exclusively on fish — fully twenty minutes to engulf its peristeronic snack. The enpouched pigeon (with worried look in image below) fought vigorously, but vainly, to escape, and ended up, apparently still alive, in the larger bird’s belly.

in the wrong place
worth two in the bush    (photo: Cathal McNaughton)

Read all about it here.

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4 Comments

  1. the one eyed man says

    And for an even briefer diversion from weightier matters: moving onwards and upwards, mankind has set yet another record for the highest-ever score in Scrabble.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2152255/

    Posted October 26, 2006 at 7:03 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Wow! 830 points is mighty impressive. Of course, there are some pretty questionable words on that board:

    QUIXOTRY
    ZA (and ZAS)
    COR
    VROW (and VROWS)
    AWA

    Even so, though, 830 is a tremendously zurky score, and I’m sure the whole Scrabble community is feeling totally squarfled about it.

    Posted October 27, 2006 at 10:37 am | Permalink
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  1. By waka waka waka » Blog Archive » World Wide Web on October 31, 2006 at 11:41 am

    […] When I wrote a few days ago about a pelican eating a pigeon in a London park, I thought I was picking up an insignificant, out-of the-way item that readers would almost certainly not have heard about otherwise. It seems that I was mistaken; a search on Google a moment ago turned up “about 339,000” results, and the story has reverberated through the blogosphere as well. Think of that: a bird eats another bird somewhere in the world, and within a day hundreds of thousands of people, all around the globe, have published some comment on it, which means that the news itself — a bird ate a bird in a park in England — has probably reached tens of millions. This is such an abrupt discontinuity from the entire social history of the human race that I think it bears noticing. […]