Love his stand-up, but the Lego animations are genius
However, the Lego version misses the bit about the peas…
An alternate energy revolution, via XKCD
In “Nature, Nuisance or Worse?”, Peggy Orenstein writes:
“Awww,” my 5-year-old daughter would say, catching sight of a tom on our way to the playground, “isn’t he cute?” We would pretend we lived in some distant past, that we were the first humans to set foot on this land. That is, until the day we rounded a bend to find a gang of fowl marauders glaring at us as if to say, “What are you looking at, pal?” The birds had a good three inches on my girl. I stepped between her and them, and with a bright, “It’s O.K., honey,” which fooled neither avian nor child, hurried past.
Since then, we’ve taken a different route to the swings.
It’s only a matter of time before the turkeys complete the circuit from novelty to nuisance. Until they become like the deer who ate $300 worth of landscaping. Or the geese who have turned jogging around a nearby lake into a trip through a sewer. Or worse: in October a raccoon slid open a screen door of a house across the street, jumped up on the bed where my neighbor was napping with her newborn son and bit her. Although we haven’t had the rabies outbreaks that are common in the East, the nursing mother had to endure a series of injections just in case.
She concludes that the solution should come from above
As much as I would like to wring the birds’ necks, I’m not a homesteader. Not even close. I’m a middle-class, coast-dwelling, urban lady prone to hives when I brush against anything green — exactly the sort, according to a classic study by Stephen Kellert, a professor of social ecology at Yale University, who most abhors hunting….So what to do? I find myself sympathizing (almost) with Sarah Palin — Sarah Palin! — who encourages Alaskans to gun down wolves from helicopters.
What does firing on wolves from helicopters have to do with a couple of fussy turkeys?
I have to wonder – doesn’t anyone take their kids on camping trips anymore? Learning how to deal with animals and green stuff, learning how to light a campfire, set up a tent, paddle a boat and hike through the woods gives urban kids a sense of usefulness and accomplishment that they don’t get at home. Some even learn how to say ‘shoo’ to walking foodstuffs who taste good with gravy.
When they’re over 10, they can even learn how to fire their Daisy Red Ryder air rifle – without shooting an eye out.
Lovin’ Mc Chris and NerdRap –
UPDATE: This song was in Zack and Miri Make a P0rno, a cute story with only one obligatory Kevin-Smith-movie gross-out scene.