Pigeons sink into grain


Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/12/pigeons-sink-into-grain.html


How else to you think they make iron and protein fortified bread?


The optimist (somewhere) in me knows they’re coming out the other end, shaking themselves off, and flying back for another go.


To be fair, humans are the same way with pudding.


I heard Pigeon screams, little tiny Pigeon screams. I’ll never eat Pigeon again.


In soviet Russia…grain eats pigeons.

Also, this gives new meaning to the old nursery rhyme:

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn’t that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?


It’s called “squab”, man.


This is what happens when modern threats have no analogue in the natural world.

Natural selection has spent a lot of time honing responses to “holy shit look at all this food” and not “why is this giant pile of food moving relative to the surroundings?”.


I am reminded a bit of watching ant-lions…



That’s my view as well. They simply have no point of reference for what’s happening. I just hope the sorting process involves an open drop to allow them escape.


I really hope they’re all okay :C


Well, that’s a metaphor for something.



Reminds me of how my Irish grandfather died after falling into the vat at the Guinness brewery.

They tried their best to pull him out but he kept fighting them off.


Also, pigeons aren’t the only ones this sort of thing happens to, there is a reason why wikipedia has a substantial page on the subject of grain entrapment.


“I can feel the warp overtaking me. It is a good pain!”


That’s like how my grandfather died. When the company president came to my grandmother’s house to tell her the bad news, she said “well, I hope he went quickly” and the president said “no, he got out three times to go to the bathroom before finally succumbing”


The ones that embrace the vortex will not reproduce, whereas the ones that fly away (for any number of reasons) are selected for being nervous around a grain vortex. The nervous ones are more likely to have offspring that share that attribute.


Oh god this is terrifying