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Are birds falling from the sky examples of pareidolia, eschatology, or something else?

The first story of 2011 to grab the attention of just about everybody is shocking and mysterious. On New Year’s Day, residents of Beebe, Arkansas found thousands of dead blackbirds in the street. Days later, Louisiana residents discovered hundreds more deceased birds. Each event in isolation was disturbing enough, but with such proximity, it has been hard not to start drawing conclusions.

Within days, the dual avian tragedies planted a question in the popular imagination: could this be a coincidence, and if not, what was the cause? Conspiracy theorists immediately began suggesting a secret government weapon or UFOs were responsible. Necropsy data on the birds suggested otherwise. The first mass dying was related to fireworks that frightened a large flock to the degree that the birds flew randomly into buildings dying from blunt trauma. The second event appears to have resulted from the collision with power lines. Seemingly, two mundane, unrelated  answers dismiss the notion of an overarching narrative to both events.

A great word for discussing these types of situations is pareidolia, “the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist.” Often, pareidolia is invoked in reference to the so-called “face on Mars,” where images of the Red Planet of a certain resolution seemed to reveal a giant set of human eyes, nose and mouth. The term usually applies to sensory phenomena, but also describes the desire to find meaning between events where no causal link exists.

Eschatology is another useful word that helps describe certain responses to disturbing and unlikely sequences of events. Eschatology is defined as “the branch of theology or biblical exegesis concerned with the end of the world.” A number of religious leaders responded to the bird disasters by interpreting them as omens of an apocalypse. This sort of eschatological reading of situations has occurred throughout history.

The desire to find meaning in complex and mysterious circumstances is a natural human impulse. We hope that these two words help you find ways to describe the human reaction to events, like these sad avian deaths, where understanding and vocabulary can seem just out of reach.

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  1. anonymous -  November 8, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    And also my school went to meet some mayans(NOT me but the principle and some seniors) and they never said that the world is going to end. The ment that a certain era(i actually forget the word they use to describe it as) but they said that the era would end and this would be the new generations chance to make a better one. They actually dont understand why we always say that the”world is going to end according to the mayans”

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  2. anonymous -  November 8, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    Actually i saw this on history channel (i think it was history channel) and it said exactly this, but the death of the birds were actually caused by tornadoes. It also gave an example : say you’re using something like a gumball machine filled with green and red gumballs. Six green gumballs come out in a row, then two red, then six more green, then one red and three more green. You probably conclude that the machine gives out more green gumballs and that the red ones were rare. But it couldve easily had been the other way around. It made more sense when i watched the episode actually, i dont think i explamed it properly. But I thought it was very interesting how we can connect unrelated things and still come up with what seems like a logical conclusion.

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  3. Lil -  November 22, 2011 - 10:56 pm

    I love how people say: “If you don’t believe this or that.. then Google it!”

    You can google just about anything, does not mean it is true.

    Now, back to critical thinking. If you are capable of it.

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  4. Mark Crowley -  January 24, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    I sent my entry to Richard Branson in the Save the World contest and He ignored me(dont know why).My entry describes the atmosphere conditions that would favor “Dead birds falling from the sky”. The answer is in their lungs.Their alveoli maybe will tell the tale. They were suffocated or their lungs were flash frozen.If they were flaThey sh frozen trying to get the next breath would be pointless.If they were suffocated;God never taught them how to hold their breath.Plus do you think they would be smart enough to drop elevation to safe zone air? Ok lets classify the birds in elevation preference and put it on a graph maybe this might not work I just thought of it.It might be too hard to figure out when they took off verses when they flew into the bad air pocket to make anything apparent on a graph but its an optionable idea

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  5. Mark Crowley -  January 24, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    I think I know why the birds are falling from the sky.More important than that I know how we can prove it if Im right.

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  6. Bry Loudon -  January 14, 2011 - 6:54 am

    Dudes are you just ignoring what i have to say because i am only 13? Well if you are then you are Stupid because it is a proven fact that kids and teens are for most of the time smarter so you should probly listen to what i posted awhile ago! What if that is true? Then what will you do?

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  7. amy-lou -  January 13, 2011 - 4:54 am

    rumidog on January 7, 2011 at 10:38 am
    A Small Forgotten Window

    Two thousand blackbirds
    Plummet from a winter sky
    Red and yellow splotches
    In a bleak brown field.

    Several counties over,
    Showing silver sides,
    A hundred thousand drumfish
    Line a cold gray creek.

    A few fearful voices
    Begin talk of final days:
    The thirteenth Mayan b’ak’tun
    Ends December twenty-twelve.

    But weren’t these voices crying,
    Across the blood drenched plains,
    When sixty million bison
    Died in a railroad rifle hell?

    And weren’t these voices keening
    While the Jews were being killed
    And when countless others perished
    In history’s hundred holocausts?

    And weren’t these voices calling
    When passenger wings were stilled?
    While the whales in oceans bled
    To ease Nantucket’s frosts?

    Yes. The end is here.
    And has been all along.
    The Mayas, the Incas, the Aztecs,
    Even the Pharaoh’s underground.

    But through a small forgotten window
    Flows a softly warbled sound.
    A red-winged blackbird’s singing
    A sacred rainbow song.

    that is a very good poem but the truth is the world will not end in 2012. and yes i know most of you people have seen the movie but the matter of the fact is it isnt true…….sorry to rain on your parade but it aint true.

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  8. The Devil Wears Prada -  January 11, 2011 - 5:45 am

    A study was recently conducted to see how humans respond to bright flashing lights and loud noises.
    Some went into shock, seizures, went blind for short periods of time, and even blacked out.
    They soon after did a study on a group of different animals.
    Ironically birds of many different species where one of them.
    The birds did just exactly as we did.
    So it is very possible that the birds could have blacked out, went blind, or went into shock that caused them to plummet to their death.
    In a 16 year old girl in English class who is on a college graduate level science class.
    People do your damn research before you start freaking out about the end of time.
    When god wants the world to end, trust me, HE’LL END IT.
    Melissa from nitro West Virginia

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  9. miss ladeedas -  January 10, 2011 - 8:04 am

    sheesh!! world ENDING my b-day was yesterday!!! now I’m 85 years old! I’m so old! I know I’ll die soon. i think this article was meant for me! later all of you! :):):):)

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  10. Not emo.....not gothic.....just different. -  January 10, 2011 - 7:38 am

    Anonymous on January 7, 2011 at 8:27 am
    To the emo/goth person, go find another fracking forum to post to. You even admitted it had nothing to do with the topic at hand! This is not your personal blog to whine in, imbecile

    Hey anonymous last time i checked this was a free web site and we do live in a free country do we not? And if it bothered you so much why did you read it? I dont recall saying you had to now did i? So i rest my case. I will post what i want on this blog if i so choose to. you can and will not stop me.

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  11. Oddmund Granli -  January 10, 2011 - 1:38 am

    It is not a mystery that birds can fall down from the sky like has happened here. The main reason in this case is most likely changes in the magnetic fields and a magntetic local storm that knoks out the birds navigational and mental condtion

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  12. leiski -  January 8, 2011 - 4:04 pm

    haha. nice one Ag! ;)

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  13. Britnay Spearsers :) -  January 8, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    What does dead birds have to do with the world ending!? This is weird though. Did they like wake up to seeing them or did they ‘fall from the sky as they were walking/driving’

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  14. Patrick -  January 8, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Correction: The writer is confusing pareidolia with the more general term “apophenia.” Apophenia is the tendency to perceive patterns in groups of random or meaningless data, such as occurrences of the number 23, confirmation bias, conspiracy theories, hindsight bias, and flocks of dead birds.

    Meanwhile, pareidolia is a specific form of apophenia involving vision or hearing. It refers to things like the man in the Moon, cloudwatching, or that feeling you get that you hear the phone ringing while you’re in the shower.

    So, a string of eerily similar events across the world over a few days is apophenia, but is not pareidolia. It’s pedantic to nitpick like this, but I am at dictionary.com after all.

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  15. smoothius -  January 8, 2011 - 9:41 am

    cool poem rumidog!

    mass deaths happen all the time people. it’s not an isolated incident. those bloodthirsty martian vampires must be at the root of it all. we should just nuke the red planet and get it over with:)

    (martian vampires are just as plausible as the rest of these inane conspiracy theories… right?)

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  16. Mihnea -  January 8, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Today morning happened in Constanta town, from Romania, Europe: lots of dead birds, on the ground and in the trees, as happened already the previous days in other countries from Europe too.
    Some people could even see them falling from the sky, all at once.
    No cause could be established yet, and the toxicology test results should be published tomorrow.
    A possible reason seems to be the too small/low percent/level of oxygen, in some areas of the atmosphere (also in water, causing the dead fish).

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  17. boo boo : ) -  January 8, 2011 - 2:16 am

    Folks, lets face it. Something’s up. Don”t know what it is, but fireworks, and electrical lines it is not.

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  18. Mackenzie -  January 7, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    Wow. I think that these are signs. I think the end is coming. Maybe not on May 21, maybe not in 2012. I do believe this is really the begining to something more chaotic. Believe me, believe not I don’t care. I’m just putting my thought out there to the world.

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  19. Theresa CObb -  January 7, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    What about the large amount of fish that died suddenly in the Arkansas River? Is there a common denominator or is that just a coincidence too?

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  20. Jack Cervantes -  January 7, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    They got sooo wasted that night. Too much Devil’s wine, not enough Hair of the Dog. =O

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  21. ag -  January 7, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    i think here’s what really happened… that night, when everybody was sleeping, someone had tried to fight at the middle of the forest and eventually hit the trees which disturbed the birds and suddenly those people who were fighting with each other fired heat waves from their hands shouting kamehameha and final blast.(explains the fire works and the noise) Now, after that, one got hit real bad and got thrown out to Beebe, i think he’s the one wearing blue, of course the birds have already flown and was overtaken by the man in blue tights and when he landed in Beebe then, he saw a group of projectiles heading his way so he decided to summon his force field to cover himself. but he pulled it up too soon making the birds hit the unseen barrier (causing the blunt trauma) and because of the enormous static electricity emanating out of the 2 fighters body: the birds were also electrocuted confirming the shock theory) tsk tsk this is what really happened that night… its them japanese fault why we have these kinds of people roaming the planet… hehehe

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  22. jimbo -  January 7, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    That is bs, so why don’t birds die on 4th of July?!

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  23. Sylvia -  January 7, 2011 - 11:59 am

    Well yesterday, over here where i live..alot of fish were found dead on the beach. They looked like they were all frozen

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  24. Heather -  January 7, 2011 - 11:55 am

    I’m sure glad cows don’t fly!

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  25. Ronin -  January 7, 2011 - 11:53 am

    A couple of things–

    The link to “face on Mars” points to the wrong page– article for “Life on Mars”. You might want to fix that so it points to the correct page:

    http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Face_on_Mars

    Secondly, you chose the less descriptive and more narrow definition for Eschatology. That would’ve been OK if you said it “can be defined as”, but when you say it “is defined as”, it could be somewhat misleading. Since the purpose of “The Hot Word” is presumably to educate your readers, I’m not sure that was the best move. There’s more to Eschatology than just “the end of the world”.

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  26. Heather -  January 7, 2011 - 11:50 am

    Taken quote from http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/112843019.html

    “…a search of the USGS records shows there have been 16 events in the past 30 years involving blackbirds, where at least 1,000 of the birds have died seemingly all at once.”

    Well, the first time I heard the world was coming to an end it was in the 1980′s, then the year 2000, now it’s 2012.

    -Taken from the Golden Compass Triology-
    Remember to tell the Harpies the true story of your life, because it was worth a good story they will lead you out of the pits of darkness where you will burst into golden dust and become one with everything-

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  27. j reed -  January 7, 2011 - 11:32 am

    i agree with melina, we will see other signs, i feel sorrow for those who don’t know the Christ Jesus, but i will pray for all especially those who ignorant of God, but if you don’t know you will.Romans 14:11 It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ “

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  28. Really?? -  January 7, 2011 - 11:32 am

    Anyone who believes that “thousands” of blackbirds were frightened to DEATH by fireworks is not living in the real world. It is an absurd explanation that the locals should not accept.

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  29. Bored -  January 7, 2011 - 11:04 am

    Come on everyone, lets just hope its UFOs, this world needs som fun!!!!!
    Aliens…vampires…werewolves…gotta fight for this love! :P

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  30. bored -  January 7, 2011 - 10:59 am

    come on lets just hope its UFOs, this world needs som fun!!!!!

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  31. melina -  January 7, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Ithink i the end of the world is coming thats a sign. And there were all black birds wich means bad luck. I think that was a sign and we will see consequence in a while

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  32. rumidog -  January 7, 2011 - 10:38 am

    A Small Forgotten Window

    Two thousand blackbirds
    Plummet from a winter sky
    Red and yellow splotches
    In a bleak brown field.

    Several counties over,
    Showing silver sides,
    A hundred thousand drumfish
    Line a cold gray creek.

    A few fearful voices
    Begin talk of final days:
    The thirteenth Mayan b’ak’tun
    Ends December twenty-twelve.

    But weren’t these voices crying,
    Across the blood drenched plains,
    When sixty million bison
    Died in a railroad rifle hell?

    And weren’t these voices keening
    While the Jews were being killed
    And when countless others perished
    In history’s hundred holocausts?

    And weren’t these voices calling
    When passenger wings were stilled?
    While the whales in oceans bled
    To ease Nantucket’s frosts?

    Yes. The end is here.
    And has been all along.
    The Mayas, the Incas, the Aztecs,
    Even the Pharaoh’s underground.

    But through a small forgotten window
    Flows a softly warbled sound.
    A red-winged blackbird’s singing
    A sacred rainbow song.

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  33. David -  January 7, 2011 - 10:35 am

    The explanations don’t seem to take into account statistical randomness. For example, the power lines are always there, so one would expect a smooth distribution of incidents over time. So why would the power lines cause such massive deaths on one and only one day while otherwise causing relatively unnoticed damage? Why haven’t fireworks always caused mass bird deaths? Even if there is a rational explanation for these events, I would guess we all still agree it’s not something good and might warrant further investigation. There’s a reason they took canaries, not hamsters or snakes, into the coal mines. Bird deaths could be a harbinger of worse to come.

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  34. Dragonslayer -  January 7, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Rampaw wrote:

    Dude, get someone to proof read your articles. The residents of Beebe “found,” not “fond” dead birds. Also, “could this be a coincidence, and if so, what was the cause?” Don’t you mean, “and if not”?

    By the way, religious leaders did not interprete these events as signs of the apocalype; religous kooks might have. There is a difference.

    If you’re going to correct people’s spelling you should make sure you haven’t misspelled any words . . . like, putting an “e” that doesn’t belong there on the end of “interpret.” You also misspelled “apocalypse” and the second usage of “religious.”

    Three misspellings in one sentence . . . way to go, Einstein.

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  35. erzulie -  January 7, 2011 - 10:11 am

    Maybe it can all go down in the big book of conspiracies that have not been confirmed or denied…I’m not even going to condescend to address people who bring up the bible. Its definitely a spectacular phenomenon and hopefully we’ll know a reason in time. But stressing out about something you cant change and pointing the finger at all sorts of ominous possibilities wont do anyone any good. You can point and blame and run around in circles of fear all day long but energies need to be focused in positive directions for positive change which means changing your perception. Those of you who live in paranoid fear believing in the beginning of the end of your world will probably die in some apocalyptic disaster because thats where your head is. And I actually kind of hope you achieve your self fulfilling prophesies because you are a distraction from everything wonderful and good. Those of us left will continue to heal the earth…

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  36. Evan -  January 7, 2011 - 10:02 am

    The truth, these birds died from exhaustion due to the irregular weather patterns, look towards the facts: birds travel down South for the winter, the weather here in Michigan has been unpredictable anyway you put it; two days ago it was almost 50 degrees! But today it just snowed about six inches! Birds tend to migrate when the weather gets colder, right? then what do they do when the weather is cold one day and is warm for a week after that?…Also it has recently snowed in parts of Georgia where some birds tend to migrate…the birds have been going up and down the map for the past couple of weeks, it’s got something to do with these irregular weather patterns that we (as humans) been causing, and that’s the reason why these birds have been exhausted and it has been affecting animals everywhere!! The birds are just a warning, give it some time and other animals will continue to decrease in population! We need to get it together!

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  37. Tre -  January 7, 2011 - 10:01 am

    I’m Am Alieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

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  38. j reed -  January 7, 2011 - 9:44 am

    I LOVE ALL OF YOU JUST AS CHRIST DO, ALL GLORY BE TO GOD

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  39. charles -  January 7, 2011 - 9:39 am

    It’s very unlikely that fireworks would cause mass death, I think the media is trying to cover up the true reason that caused this, and thats pollution, or maybe al gore was on to something?

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  40. Rachel -  January 7, 2011 - 9:39 am

    Well, conspiracy theorists may be “imbecills,” Daniel, as you so eloquently put it, but they may also be right in certain cases. Dismissing things without any knowledge about it whatsoever is most commonly known as ignorance.

    Mankind has a wonderful way of being able to reason out of anything, taking great care to completely extricate itself from that which is actually true. Fireworks and powerlines? I think not. I would be careful when jumping to conclusions, however.

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  41. Darren -  January 7, 2011 - 9:38 am

    This isn’t the only sign leading to the end of the world. Not just the birds are falling from the sky, but hundreds of fish are floating above lake, and ocean waters, dead. There are many economic changes in other countries that may occur soon. These changes are in the BIBLE. Get closer to God, he is all we got.

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  42. mark V -  January 7, 2011 - 9:34 am

    Yahweh? Nowai.

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  43. Matt -  January 7, 2011 - 9:33 am

    I seem to remember a rather large group of people drinking poison at a place called Jonestown, Guyana because of the beliefs of their “leader”. Kind of like a mass die-off in humans.

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  44. Heather -  January 7, 2011 - 9:32 am

    After reading some of the more sane comments, I remember this: When a bird is blind it will fly until it dies. This is why the smaller birds will swoop down upon eagles and Ospries, to try and claw the eyes.

    I’m not saying mass blindness occured and they all were fatigued at the same point in flight. I’m just stating a curious fact.

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  45. Heather -  January 7, 2011 - 9:27 am

    Yep, and lets go back to killing people in the name of God and Jesus. The church has done its damage and the Bible is not complete and full of contradictions.

    You are the one that is one the soap box, you be humble. Love everyone no matter what they believe. Isn’t THAT what Jesus tried to drive into his followers? Its people that use Jesus to turn to justified hate and malice makes Christianity no better than the radical bombers.

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  46. David -  January 7, 2011 - 9:20 am

    Two things come to mind. First, I’m happy that I did not get knocked out by one of these unfortunate birds and, secondly, I wonder what all these long-winded bloggers would do if the event hadn’t occurred

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  47. Wake UP! -  January 7, 2011 - 9:04 am

    Really! Wake up. I have been to numerous firework shows, for the 4th and been around fireworks for over 30 years…this is the first instance I have heard of that was credited to fireworks. Wouldn’t this be happening every year or do birds only live in Arkansas small towns…without big buildings??? I beleive there was an article about tons of dead fish in the Arkansas river. Not only in Arkasas, but fish dying all over. Look up an article about Maryland dead fish…millions I believe. Brazil, New Zealand, and not just fish and birds… Noone knows the day or the hour, but if you read your Bible and know YAHWEH. You will understand that there will be signs as The Day comes closer… Don’t let it sneak up on you like a theif in the night. Be ready. Be humble. Be prepared for The Lord.

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  48. Heather -  January 7, 2011 - 8:54 am

    The story about that which broke in WA state, stated that the birds flocked into the fireworks and were killed by concussion of the blasts. Birds flying into powerlines doesn’t make sense. Powerlines are coated, and you would have to have a large wingspan to meet two conductors on the poles to kill the birds. (Like touching the Black and Red handle of the jumper-cable together after it is hooked to the battery.) Was it the same species of bird, or just two flocks? Weird things like this happen all the time, remember the frogs falling out of the sky when it hailed story? I hate the jump to doom and gloom. People should have an open mind, and an open heart. Take care of the environment, take care of their family and community but not freak out when weird things happen, just sit back in awe and learn the lesson provided by nature.

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  49. j reed -  January 7, 2011 - 8:51 am

    you people better open your eyes and see what is going on in this fallen world, firework, trauma, running into buildings that all off the wall, it may well be birth pains of the benning of the end, do you want to know whats going on? Then ask your father in heaven he will tell you, for sure, we are living in evil and wicked times, this fallen world is slowly passing away, if you don’t know God now is the time to seek him, he is as real as you and i, i am a witness to that, and i love Jesus with all my heart soul mind and strength, he loves all of you more than you know, and he is waiting on you to come to him, come now before its to late, you will see more signs, you can call it what you want, but it is what it is, read revelations, that is the end of this evil wicked fallen world, God bless and be with all of you, much love for all the saints Gods people all over this world i love you all, and pray for you daily God is with you saints. Peace and Joy all glory be to God.

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  50. dan -  January 7, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Oh please, this article has no base. No form of statistical proof. Only another site with an article trying to debunk the truth. No scientific evidence means a cover up. What are the odds red winged black birds would fly IN A FLOCK at night and get “caught” in fireworks. And if they were, where is the smoking gun, hmm? The Earth is off its axis slightly because of the Chilean earthquake. Hmm… birds navigate via the magnetic poles. Think about it… or maybe the corexit crap they put in the ocean to “clean up” the oil spill IS actually affecting our planet. Yes, there is proof that the Government and Corporations like to cover big mess ups like this throughout history. Dont tell me they wouldn’t and aren’t right now. Dead fish for the next topic, anyone?

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  51. anonymous -  January 7, 2011 - 8:37 am

    its all sum kinda lie

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  52. Zapnath-Paaneah -  January 7, 2011 - 8:29 am

    I believe the answer to the cause behind this occurance can be found in the book from Witchcraft to Christ. This is the story of an English woman who got into witchcraft, climbed to one of the highest offices, and then turned her back on it all. She mentions on her night of becoming the queen of black witches that to prove her powers and right to the position she took down birds in flight.

    This lady is not much spoken of, very softly spoken, very English. Makes you ask why make this up if not true. One of the most amazing reads that gets little press nowadays.

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  53. Barb -  January 7, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Anybody remember the old “canary in the coalmine”? When birds start dying maybe we should at least run some preliminary tests of the air/water. I mean, do we learn nothing from history?

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  54. Anonymous -  January 7, 2011 - 8:27 am

    To the emo/goth person, go find another fracking forum to post to. You even admitted it had nothing to do with the topic at hand! This is not your personal blog to whine in, imbecile.

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  55. lexy -  January 7, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Sara is right

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  56. Pine Tree Girl -  January 7, 2011 - 8:20 am

    Oh…poor birds…I wished that their lives didn’t have to end this way. I believe it’s all humans fault, but an accident at that.
    Hey, wait! Omens of the end of the world? NO! It has to be 2012! We are — *Not* going to die. Didn’t everyone think that the world was going to end on 2000? Here we all are, in 2011, evidentaly not dead. 2012 is hype. The birds dying is an accident and a problem due to human ignorance. It is not an omen of death. And if it is, then we all die, and I don’t believe we’ll very much care anymore.
    (Sorry for bad grammar, it’s one of those things I could never figure out.)

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  57. jeannine Ryan -  January 7, 2011 - 8:16 am

    There can be many reasons, but what is important, is that we all have a sence of humor and that is a good thing!!!

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  58. ar -  January 7, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Disneyland, in Anaheim, California has set off loud fireworks every night at 9pm for many years. No dead birds, ever. I don’t think this is the first time Arkansas has used fireworks.

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  59. Not emo.....not gothic.....just different. -  January 7, 2011 - 8:01 am

    I have a question and i know it has nothing to do with this blog but i just think i should put it out there.Why do so many people hate kids that are emo????? I mean Emo kids are typically teenagers that enjoy music and dress in dark clothing. Emo kids tend to be recognized by their hairstyles. They do nothing wrong to other people and yet others pick on them.The word emo is short for emotional. If you know a child that is always over dramatic, and constantly upset then chances are you’ve just encountered an emo kid!But sometimes teenagers are just so mean!There cannot be just one definition of the so-called emo kid. There are always different types of emo kids, there’s the young and confused, the wrongfully decided, the miserable and unhappy, and the straight edge emo kids. I mean poor kids at getting beat up for being emo!!!!!!!They are attacking these emo kids because they dont like the way they dress and act. Do these people think that the way they are acting is much better? Well it’s not! Its very much wrong and other kids should stop!Emo people are individuals who choose to express themselves through their dark clothing and equally dark attitude.They shouldnt be judged because they are different!Not all emo people are cry babies or sucidial. … I think emo is just another label,but my definition of it will be for real.Personally,i used to cut,but I stopped.Take it from me.When referring to a person’s personality and attitude, most definitions of emo hold that an “emo person” is candid about their emotions, sensitive, shy, introverted, broken-hearted, glum. Well i am half those things! Does that make me emo???
    Emo’s are stereotyped as depressed people who cut, and have dark hair that covers 3/5 of their face, they wear converse, girl pants, and tight shirts. Okay, who came up with that. So, not true. Not even close.That is also the same with gothic people.Gothic people are people who like to dress in all black and listed to heavy metal music or dark music, such as Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, and Disturbed.It is hard to understand the real meaning of who/what a goth is if you are not a part of this scene. To me gothic is more than a fashion choice or a music preference.
    A popular gothic stereotype is smoking clove cigarettes, but then again, many don’t smoke at all. Stereotypes about the dark gothic subculture as depressed, suicidal or self-harming is just that – a stereotype. So you see teenagers dont know a thing about emo kids or gothic kids. So you people who think you can fix us please stop because you cant fux something that isnt broken!

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  60. uggghh -  January 7, 2011 - 7:59 am

    ok.. gunna do this…

    Rampaw… sometimes computer keyboards stick.. found might become fond without one key.. maybe.. like… ‘religous’…

    Thomas.. necropsy data is a euphamism for autopsy.. although good point that we assume too much that like us, government officials do their jobs competently..

    Rampaw… good correction.. remember the glass houses story..

    Saf/dpc.. good points

    Dolores.. your heart is in the right place, but do you drive a car? do you use stairs? climb ladders? eat food? there are dozens of things that kill just humans alone.. nobody can account for all of them..

    to everybody.. good sanity checks on the articles..
    to those who threw in the humor.. thanks too

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  61. Marcus -  January 7, 2011 - 7:48 am

    i didnt read this….who knows how to get the galatic sword off of gylak wars

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  62. LT -  January 7, 2011 - 7:43 am

    Sounds like a Hitchock movie from Mars.

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  63. Nelson -  January 7, 2011 - 7:42 am

    No doubt, charlatans of the Huckabee persuasion will spread the word that the phenomena was caused by Obama’s beleiefs (whatever they are). Worse yet, there will be imbeciles and idiots of the teabaggers persuasion that will believe his crapp.

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  64. rhett heyward -  January 7, 2011 - 7:37 am

    Whoever believes in the apocalypse is depressed person and brings the world down. I am positive it has to do with the environment. Go Green believe in god in a positive light. The christian way.

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  65. Dan -  January 7, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Maybe the birds were feeding on the same (contaminated – or fungal/bacterial) grains that got into the the water? These grains could have caused impairments fish swimming/breathing and on the birds navigations… when the birds rested, the spores/bacteria worked on their bird brains – and, when they took off — they becames so disoriented they crashed to the earth.

    Maybe only specific species were affected: fish couldn’t swim and drowned — birds couldn’t fly and crashed to the earth?

    What is the gravity of all of this….

    Judgement Day?

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  66. Anonymous -  January 7, 2011 - 7:02 am

    And suddenly the nutcases come out of the woodwork. Birds scared by fireworks and crashing into things? Completely believable. Just because you don’t hear it reported all the time doesn’t mean it never happens. The thing about the powerlines is a little harder to swallow, but though it may sound implausible, it’s not impossible. Oh wait, sorry, it was illegal aliens in UFOs testing their laz0rs on the command of their supreme leader, the anti-christ, who is non other than that godless commie nazi socialist Obama!!!1 There, does that sound better to the rest of you quacks? To call you birdbrained would be an insult to the birds.

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  67. kowsmic -  January 7, 2011 - 6:26 am

    I just read a blog that freaked me completely. It talks about birds falling dead out of the air due to methane poisoning. That’s why miners took canaries into coal mines – the birds are very susceptible to methane poisoning and their going belly up gave the miners time to get out. Methane comes out of fractures in the earth’s crust, particularly around oil drilling rigs. Arkansas and Louisiana anywhere near the New Madrid fault connecting the Gulf with Tennessee? Just read phoenixrisingfromthegulf.wordpress.com and be sure you’re wearing Depends.

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  68. Jimmy -  January 7, 2011 - 6:21 am

    Thats the only thery that makes sense.

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  69. Jimmy -  January 7, 2011 - 6:18 am

    Fireworks Really?? ITs all because of the pollution in the air and water. DUH!

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  70. Ari -  January 7, 2011 - 6:10 am

    haha, I agree, Kevin, that was the first thing I thought of too when I heard about this. That was a great show; I can still hold out hope of suddenly collapsing and seeing the future, right? just have to make sure not to do it on a tall staircase…

    But frankly, I’ve always found speculation to be useless, especially in situations like this, because you’re never going to get a straight answer unless the government decides to come out and say “okay, here’s the truth.” Then I suppose you’d be able to tell your friend you told him/her so, but honestly? I don’t see it happening. Have fun playing guessing games when you’re never going to get another answer besides what there is now.

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  71. Melissa Bozo -  January 7, 2011 - 5:59 am

    There was a conducted study showing how people react to bright flashing lights.
    Some went into seizures, some went into shock, and other’s where blinded for a short period of time.
    They did this exact same study on many different types of animals.
    Ironically, bird’s was one of them.
    Birds did the exact same thing as the other animal’s and humans except for one thing.
    They blacked out.
    So, the firework theory may be true, or may not be.
    The power line theory, ehhhh it could be true.
    If you where flying in the pitch black dark ( keep in mind birds don’t have the best vision in the dark ) would you see power lines that are usually of the color black?
    I don’t think you would unless you have the vision of a cat or had night vision goggles on.
    I’m a 16 year old girl who is deathly afraid and medicated because I’m scared of the end of time, and I’m in college level science because I’m that worried of it and all I do is study science.
    So, these theories could very well be true, but yet they might not be.

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  72. Mike -  January 7, 2011 - 5:22 am

    Fireworks & hitting windows, BULL!!!!!!!!
    Did you ever see the Fox TV show Millenium.
    It’s the Mahrburg virus, our friendly neighbord government releasing toxins into our environment.

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  73. sofia kim -  January 7, 2011 - 5:11 am

    if you think about it the amount of birds that have died ,is quite a lot. IF you were in the position of seeing those innocent dead birds, Since the bird was obviously in the sky. WE need to infer what had happened in the sky or how did they landed. Scientist reasoning are understanding and they do make sense. But is this the only time where birds died from fireworks, is their a past to this certain problem that we are having. I’m not sure myself , but if this is the “FIRST” time that lead birds to die from fireworks. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense.The article is pretty good, but you missed some facts about the dead fishs. About the dead fishs i wonder how they died. Not from the fireworks. But maybe the water? was it polluted that much? This is a mysterious problem that is affected on us and the society and the earth itself.

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  74. Patricia Covaci -  January 7, 2011 - 4:45 am

    I’m a foreigner (born and live in Europe), but I love your country and you people! First, I read an article on a dictionary website whose author is trying to help us get the meaning of two rather rare and difficult words in a context. Immediately, more than a dozen of you start expressing opinions with various levels of anchor to reality and content of the article (the article is talking about two words, not about birds, UFOs, conspiracies or the likes). Then there’s only a few of you who make comments about the words, among which Roxanne was the one who actually helped me understand what eschatology means. Then there’s Rampaw who lands hard on the author’s head concerning mistakes and in the same comment makes two equally big mistakes. Then there’s sluggo with his straightforward-beside-the-point comment. And then there’s kind Rebecca Gorodetzky who expresses understanding for the poor author’s mistakes.
    What I see is people who:
    - take themselves seriously
    - fight to be heard
    - are tough on other people and aren’t afraid to state it out loud

    This reminds me of a small incident from a few years ago. I was with my native friends in a restaurant and in our discussion in our own language we used the word “American” a few times, completely unaware of the fact that the table next to us was occupied by three male Americans. At some point, one of them turned to us, eyed the apparently dominant male in our group and asked him: “Is there a problem?”

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  75. Krissy -  January 7, 2011 - 4:14 am

    These birds died because of a GOVERNMENT Secret experiments. Its so obvious… because they do all these scientific experiments for weapons and for HAARP project… where they are able to manipulate the weather conditions.. HAve a look on youtube..”angels dont play this HAARP”

    Also check out Alex Jones Channel!!! Amazing information!

    God Bless ya all
    xxx

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  76. Daniel -  January 7, 2011 - 4:13 am

    my guess is that the birds were really agents of satam im disguise whp gpt killed by a really powerful Christian.

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  77. keith steele -  January 7, 2011 - 3:23 am

    Have all you mugs ever thought that this could just be poor reporting.
    Dont believe what you read in papers, so why do you ?

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  78. lusiana -  January 7, 2011 - 3:14 am

    I think we all know the world’s to end the 2012 “theory”, maybe this is just the start! not saying the world is to end 2012 but I personally think the world is heading for a huge change. However it was definitely not fireworks or power lines and NOT UFOs that caused this.

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  79. joseph -  January 7, 2011 - 3:01 am

    Coming? Where from? What for? Why haven’t they come before? Or have they? And who are THEY? Did you chose to speak stupid, or is it an inner urge? Is it only temporary with you or is it a permanent state of mind?

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  80. Mistress of Darkness -  January 7, 2011 - 2:31 am

    There’s so many theories that we can use to explain why those birds died, but if those Scientist or investigators told us that it is the fire works and the power lines to blame, we don’t have any choice. I mean, we have no proof, we can only say those theories about the end of the world or global warming. But we have no proof for our own explanations. Unless we are going to make our own investigation.

    As long as we are just “Readers” we have no right to say ill things to the “Writers”. Am I right or am I right?? ^_^

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  81. Oscar -  January 7, 2011 - 2:19 am

    my first thought was that this could be due to radiation poisoning however in that case it would be unusual for them to all symultaniously die and fall in flocks.

    Most likely solution is as previously suggested by kevin; ‘flashforward’ haha

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  82. C -  January 7, 2011 - 2:17 am

    The fireworks theory is bogus not only because there is not a common association of firework explosions with sudden avian deaths en masse, but also due to the fact that there was no documentation of firework explosions in nearby proximity to the first batch of blackbirds. Also, the Arkansas ornithologist, Karen Rowe, that performed the autopsy suggests that the birds lost navigational capacity and smashed into the ground mid-flight. This is a side-stepping of the evidence inasmuch as the birds clearly fell from the sky in-tact, already dead. Simply look at the photos!

    The powerlines theory is also perhaps more plausible for the second flock, but doesn’t account for the other citings. Also, I seriously don’t see why the “conspiracy” attributions of these and similar events to HAARP or other testing activities are any more far-fetched than the circuitous reasoning provided by the fireworks, power-lines or sudden bouts of cold theories.

    Two highly thought-provoking articles from both sides of the aisle. The second of these cites completely unrelated but HIGHLY disturbing and, on some counts, incontrovertible examples of covert, malevolent government-led research projects in the last 60 years:

    1. “FACT CHECK: Mass bird, fish deaths occur regularly” Google News, 7 Jan 2010 (Associated Press, Washington DC)

    2. “Is Mass Bird and Fish Die Off Connected to Government Testing?” Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones for Prisonplanet.com, 3 Jan 2011

    As for the literary shortcomings of the posting, the comment pointing out the improper citation of “birds” as “eschatology” being akin to citing “culture” as an example of “anthropology,” as well as the comment citing the spelling and grammatical errors were helpful.

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  83. DaLeDo -  January 7, 2011 - 2:01 am

    There is one MAJOR piece of information which is being almost totaly ignored by the Doomsday-Conspiracy-End-Of-The-World-Government-Experiment-Gone-Wrong-Global-Warming-Polarity-Shift-And-All-Those-Other-Dramatic-And-Scientific-Sounding-Explanations-Which-They-Just-Made-Up-Cult. (Isn’t it strange & ironic as to why these type people would choose NOT to include ALL of the opinions & documentation available about the bird deaths, but only carefully selected remarks which fit their theory …. huummm.)

    That info is the first-person, eyewitness accounts of the very people who live in the specific area where this event happened.(Like me …. and several thousand others) Those of us who personally observed the exact situations & occurences which happened during the time period from when the first bird hit the ground, back to about 15-20 hours before. If those VERY important statements were included in all potential theories surrounding the bird deaths, a curious thing would be seen …. the answer to this mystery, with a VERY high percentage of certainty. What would be causing that high level of certainty would be that the GREAT majority of that group would be reporting almost the same identical story. That USUALLY means it is quite reliable, and almost certainly closer to the truth than the countless bizarre theories which are guarenteed to pop up after something like this.

    Yet, I have already seen dozens, perhaps hundreds, of examples showing just how UN-interested the conspiracy-nuts are about these accounts from people who actually had these dead birds in their backyards. What WE saw happen prior to the birds falling just isn’t exciting at all when compared to the theories built around aliens, chemtrails, government testing, & other super-bizarre “causes”. So when one of these “locals” post what events probably caused this (because they actually observed those events with their own 2 eyes), then those statments are either ignored, DE-explained, or even ridiculed. Besides, EVERYONE knows that the locals haven’t a clue about this highly technical stuff. Either that, or they are actually government “plants” designed to cover up investigations which are getting too close to the truth. Yeah, that’s what I am, although I didn’t know it until a couple days ago.

    But just for fun, I’m not going to add my account of what most likely caused this. (because I saw those events actually happen … remember?) One reason for that decision is it’s a waste of time. I’ve already tried it at least 3 times on articles such as this one. As explained above, the imaginaters weren’t interested in that mundane truth. It was just so BORING. Another reason is that it’s just plain FUN watching the Con-Theorists invent explanations.

    All I’ll say about what the residents of Beebe, Arkansas & surrounding areas saw in the several hours before the birds fell is that the truth has already been printed (although it may NOT be the “firework/electrical lines” explanation, but it MIGHT be related to that) And last part I’ll say about it is that what we saw has NOTHING to do with any of the wildly exaggerated, truly bizzare, & laughably fanciful fairy tales which many have taken the liberty of making up.

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  84. MG -  January 7, 2011 - 12:49 am

    radiation can cause birds drop dead from the sky. is there nuclear plant
    nearby?
    if the radiation is the cause of the dead birds all of you need to drink Lugol’s fluid
    to protect yourselves from thyroid cancer later in life.

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  85. Christopher R. -  January 6, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    The title is mistaken. It should be Apophenia and not Pareidolia.

    Even though Pareidolia is a type of Apophenia, Pareidolia is specific in that it involves the visual and auditory system. Like when people see faces in toast or in stains on walls, or when they hear voices when they play a record backwards.

    Apophenia in most cases is when someone thinks something is a portense or a sign. Like a a red moon.

    Im not nit-picking, just wanted to fix that.

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  86. trollmaster -  January 6, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    i think the animals r playing a prank on us. either that or they r protesting against global warm freezing. >: \

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  87. kelly -  January 6, 2011 - 10:53 pm

    i am only 12 and i said the last commet FYI and i think that the goverment is up 2 this and i feel really sorry for all the birds;)

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  88. kelly -  January 6, 2011 - 10:49 pm

    tell the lab workers 2 test the dead bird DNA and fine out want cause their death

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  89. Raquel Vital Romero -  January 6, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    For every cause there is an effect. It’s truly wonderful to see so many comments, that’s the beginning of awareness, evolution! Involvement is transformation every person every living being makes a difference. The cause for the animals dying is just one destruction. Our planet earth is losing life and is our consciousness to be awaken.

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  90. Pennclan -  January 6, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    You people have some good theories, bad theories, and some of you peoplle are just being completely ridiculous. I am only 14, and yet I’m being more reasonable than most of you. Ask yourself: What if the reason hundreds of birds are dying is because of gases escaping from faultlines? What if it’s the early sign of an earthquake?

    A perfectly logical reason that birds are dying. there. now stop worrying. it could just be some epidemic among birds. frieworks are kind or reasonable if you consider about 10 at max. but hundreds is ridiculous. the answer is right there in your face and you people are worrying about the end of the world? oh please! that’ll happen eventually, but not now. now stop freaking over the impossible.
    PEACE PEOPLE!

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  91. Cyberquill -  January 6, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    One doesn’t have to be a pareidoliac to make the connection between birds committing mass suicide and the impending Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.

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  92. u_dont_want_to_know -  January 6, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    i saw this b4 on the news lol and there were birds all over the roads, sidewalks, roof tops, and u name it and more then likely their there(these birds r pretty too :()

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  93. another person -  January 6, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    Write your email in response to my post if you are serious about knowing more information.

    I will start with…

    “The second event appears to have resulted from the collision with power lines.”

    Im an electrician as well as my father and his father. I know just about everything there is to know theoretically, and how it works. Electricity always takes the shortest, straightest path possible to the ground….its a freaking LAW OF NATURE!!!! Second, as long as you are not touching anything conductive, such as the wooden utility pole next to a power line, than the flow of current will not affect you…this is why you see birds all the time hanging out on power lines above you in the street. BECAUSE CURRENT DOESNT FLOW THROUGH THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I also love birds, and one of my hobbies is ornithology, and this is why i can debunk the first conclusion. 5,000 birds will never get shocked by the sound of fireworks all at once and fly into building with such force where its enough to kill them, but lets just say this was the cause…just for the sake of arguement!…why 5,000 of one race? there wasnt any random sparrows mixed in? what about the blood or feather markings on the building from these gruesome collisions? where are those? so not only do these Government explanations embarrass the people of the US to the world, its also a direct insult to our intelligence.

    I have better explanations that make perfect sense.

    ChemTrails – look it up on youtube, i see them consistently everyday in NJ. Chemtrails contain excessive amounts of aluminum barium and other unknown substances. Heavy metal poisoning?

    Testing new ray guns? – once again, youtube. That explains shock..lol

    Apocalypse? could be. The universe does exist, and if that crazy stuff exists, then you are in no liberty to say “Its just a conspiracy!”

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  94. mE aMuZeD! -  January 6, 2011 - 8:38 pm

    This is really weird, I mean such pretty birds died I mean this could have happed to ugly bird like crows or something but it happened to such pretty birds! But I mean this is still cool, I mean come on next thing we know this happenes to 1000 people and they run tests and stuff and find out its the same thing that caused the deaths! I mean this is scary/cool/sad/cool/weird! DUN DUN DUNNNNNN!!!!!!!! (:<

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  95. mo -  January 6, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    This year in that spot in Arkansas, there was a very large fireworks display set up near a known blackbird roost. Birds are fairly delicate and easy to panic. Ask anyone who’s worked in a pet store about budgies loose in a display room–if they don’t stress themselves out and die a little while later from that, they’ll bash their heads against the walls and die of, yes, blunt force trauma. That the birds left their roost in a panic is a perfectly rational explanation for what happened.

    Birds are not people. They won’t ‘notice’ what happened to the rest of the flock and logically stop; instinct tells them there’s safety in numbers, stay with the flock. Their survival skills don’t include stopping to think about what’s going on; they’re built to flap madly and get of Dodge. It matters not a bit that there are no tall buildings in that part of town, because a bird scared out of its roost at midnight and flying in a blind panic will slam into low-laying solid objects as easily as tall ones–they aren’t exactly watching where they’re going.

    Animals DO get hurt every 4th of July, but this sort of thing is less common because fireworks on a smaller scale are being set off for several days (by kids, usually) up to the big event. By the time people roll out the big stuff on the 4th, we’ve given them plenty of warning.

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  96. JC -  January 6, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    We are beings of questions. Yet, not all questions will have an answer. Logical or illogical. We strive fueled by mystery, curiosity, suspicion, theory, faith and quest. We hear about balls of light/fire (aka UFO’s), witnessed high in the sky on New Years Eve, from all over the world. What were they? We have knowledge of meteor’s, comets, dust, gasses, plummeting towards earth. Questions that lead us millions of years before us. What really did cause the demise of the dinosaurs? Will we ever truly know? Yet, here we are. Still searching. Now these birds. No answers. Just – mystery, suspicion, theory. Yet, is there not theories that dinosaurs evolved from…..wait for it…..birds? What were those spheres of light that came to us that night? Why did birds fall from the sky? Hmmm……questions, always and forever.

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  97. Geo -  January 6, 2011 - 8:08 pm

    What about the huge amount of insects not eaten anymore by those thousands of birds?

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  98. Conspiracy Online -  January 6, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    Its the aliens people. I saw them. I was smoking a…a cigar…and i looked up and a darned blackbird falls on me and i drop my…cigar…and it shatters on the ground. i look around, and suddenly im being pelted with blackbirds. i went in my house and looked up with my periscope and saw the aliens. the ufo. i think they must have picked up our tv channels cuz they had a pic of obama on them. then the aliens came down and broke the periscope. A few minutes later, the aliens are in my submarine house and i dont no wat to do. i grab my…cigar…and offer it to them. they left dancing and screaming. one was licking another one’s leg. They flew away and got hit by a firework and were instantly incinerated. i miss them already :’(

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  99. kao -  January 6, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    Blunt force trauma, falling out of the sky would cause force blunt trauma. Wow what an explantion. Just say we know and we are not going to tell you. But please do not think that everyone is an idiot. What ever you believe religion or not the event deserves investigating on a government level.

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  100. someone -  January 6, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    Power line? Did they just tell me hundreds of birds flew into power lines for no apparent reason on the same day? Its not like THEY were drunk on the holidays… I’m certain birds are smart enough to go “Hmm. The 50 birds ahead of me just died, each of them the moment they hit that spot. I think this means something important…. *dodges pole* I’m alive! Yay!

    Yeah I seriously believe in their survival instincts to the point they go “Hmm, a bird did this, died, the next bird did this, died, ok I’m not trying it myself.”

    Its clear enough. It shouldn’t cost hundreds… Can’t we just look at the dead birds to find out what killed them? I think if they got hit by something/electrocuted it would leave a clear mark on them…

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  101. Tammy D -  January 6, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    Okay, for Thomas on January 6, 2011 at 5:50 am who thinks there was no “autopsy” performed on the poor dead birds. It’s called a necropsy when a vet or pathologist examines a dead animal. It’s like an autopsy.

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  102. John -  January 6, 2011 - 7:19 pm

    I think this is a sign that we need to make a change to stop using explosive items to send to the sky because this a bad enough events of birds dying due to our actions that we can stop,we need to make a change before more of these species will die in our bloody hands.

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  103. Mike -  January 6, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    Maybe the birds died because they thought that the world would end in 2012, and they didn’t want to deal with it? lol.

    I think it might be because of how polluted the air is nowadays. The birds are the first to be affected because they go up into a higher elevation in the atmosphere and they may be the most sensitive ones who go up to that level as well.

    Don’t believe in the stories about the apocalypse or an alien invasion just yet.

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  104. yelitza -  January 6, 2011 - 6:51 pm

    I think the fireworks or the pollution cause this

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  105. Alex -  January 6, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    As anyone come up with the conclusion that the change in environment could have caused this, and no I don’t mean “Global warming”. The earth changes its climates every couple of centuries and wipes out the species that can’t survive. It’s like the ice age happening all over again.

    By the way, I don’t believe that we as humans can destroy the world. Earth has been around for millions of years. It thinks for itself, if it would have thought humans to be a problem the environment would have found a way to get rid of us. The earth isn’t as helpless as we think it is, and We’re not as powerful as we believe.

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  106. KEVIN FTG -  January 6, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    SEEMS LIKE MOST PEOPLE ARE IGNORANT ABOUT THESE REASONABLE POSSIBILITIES, WHILE CRITCAL EVENTS ARE ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD..

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  107. viicky B -  January 6, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    someone oughtta tell them boids–don’t drink and fly.

    Happy New Year y’all

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  108. emerald mily -  January 6, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    if u guys would search on yahoo news u would know that the reason birds are falling is because THE FIREWORKS…..READ MORE @ YAHOO NEWS XD

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  109. Marco A. Cruz -  January 6, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    Isn’t it easier to assume that the birds die because of POLLUTION?

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  110. Ungadada -  January 6, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    They had another theory where 1000 birds hit a jet at the same time. LOL

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  111. nana -  January 6, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    ,,,wuiii_im little bit dissapointed….’

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  112. googooo -  January 6, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Something is fishy i think it is some nuclear expirament the U.S.A government is doing but it might be ALOT of fireworks shot up and hit a flock but the end might be near God HELP US

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  113. Gogooo -  January 6, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    Idioy scientist UFO’s killing blackbirds wow but i must say dead blackbirds……..?

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  114. charles -  January 6, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Whatever happened to the birds and fish may be a mystery for now. There’s one thing I can promise you there is an explanation for these mysterious actions whether we know what the explaination is or not.. It IS NOT MAGIC or GODS.. those 2 things dont exist.

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  115. Linda -  January 6, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    Thomas who wrote on Jan 6th at 5:50am should write these columns instead and many more I say. There is a man with a brain and a proficient elegant way of communicating it! Thank you. I wish I could think and communicate so clearly at such wee hours of the morning.

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  116. danielmenedez -  January 6, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    omg poor birds i hope we can solve the problem fast

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  117. 2COOL 4SKOOL -  January 6, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    that is realy weird and that is pretty acary

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  118. potcallingkettleblack -  January 6, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    Rampaw:

    Did you consider proofing your OWN post before submitting it (since you’re critiquing the spelling and proofing finesse of the article’s author)?

    - “interprete”?
    - signs of the “apocalype”?
    - “religous” kooks?

    These are clear misspellings.

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  119. Fred -  January 6, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    If it were human beings dying would this explanation stand uncontested? Of course not. It’s not Aliens or secret government experiments. Something introduced into their environment caused their deaths whether by natural causes or man made.

    Though not indicated at all, an example might be an aircraft simply doing a quick dumping of fuel for an emergency landing into the flight path of the birds. This could cause a poisoning. Earthquake precursors have released large amounts of methane and carbon monoxide/dioxide that have devastated fish and wildlife. People have intentionally poisoned pigeons in parks because they detested them.

    Let’s wait and see what really killed them without the tin foil.

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  120. Dillinger -  January 6, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    LOL @Kevin

    wow I made a post and it didnt take Damn. truth is no one will ever know. im sure it has to do with something not supernatural, and even if the actual truth did come out there will be people who will not accept the truth.

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  121. bigballer -  January 6, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    wE NEED TO DO SOMTHING NOW

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  122. wow -  January 6, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    wow! thats soo strange and weird too but so aw some.i bet it was the fire works

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  123. bigballer -  January 6, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    We need to fire at the sky and is they hit something then……..IT IS ALL OVER

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  124. Mary -  January 6, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    It also cannot be an infection because it defies logic that all the birds would have died from the infection at the exact same time! The same would be true of cold weather or even power lines. All the birds hit the power lines together at once?

    I did hear somewhere…cannot recall now….that the birds were pulverized on the inside. Has anyone heard this?

    I also am sceptical of disinformation from the media by the government. There is just too much happening that doesn’t make sense that makes me question what we are being told. If you remember we were told that we were going to war in Iraq because Saddam had WMD’s. Remind me….what did that have to do with the 911 attack?

    I am also perplexed at tax cuts for the rich and entitlement cuts for the poor? is this logical? People who have more money than can spend in ten lifetimes get a bonus while people who are struggling to survive have to pay for the deficict? And btw…..who caused the deficit? Let the deficit causers take the pain.

    Why is President Obama continuing the Bush policies that got us into this mess in the first place?

    This is for the birds! Pun intended.

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  125. jazzieb -  January 6, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    i think that this is a sign that the world is ending in 2012 when i am a freshmen

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  126. bigballer -  January 6, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    Aleins are going to invade. They are going to destroy everything

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  127. bigballer -  January 6, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    wow that is so wierd! I think it is UFOs doing this

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  128. dee -  January 6, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    bunch of crap media succeeds. Can you explain then on the same day hundred of thousands of drum fish washing up a 20 mile stretch of the Arkansas River? Oh better yet August of 2010 hundreds of thousands of Menhaden fish washed up the eastern coastline from New Jersey all the way to MA? Confirmed reports states “Even the seagulls wouldn’t touch them”. Better yet how about Marylands Chesapeake Bay millions of dead fish specifically Adult and some juvinile spotted croackers. Hey did you hear about the birds falling in Sweden ? Ok didn’t have enough how about New Zealand dead snappers with their eyes gone or the crockers , sardines and catfish in Brazil on the Coromandel Pennisula. Maybe we should contact Dan Cristol Biology Professer and co founder of the institute for Intigrative Bird Behaviour Studies Maybe he has something to say because the United States Department of wildlife Reserves have nothing to say except under investigation and when Questioned who was doing the investigation I received no response Shall we Folks …. Seems like someone is doing more then just dancing or Fireworks… come on now…..

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  129. Lola -  January 6, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    I think its pretty obvious – its the Jamestown Birds! The birds know we’ve screwed up their world and they committed suicide en masse. The fish heard about it and they thought it was a good idea too.

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  130. Lilliana -  January 6, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    was there any blood or guts on the birds?

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  131. s -  January 6, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    chemtrails, ask military pilots wives and husbands
    look up

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  132. Polly -  January 6, 2011 - 4:16 pm

    It’s terrible that these birds had to die from such a selfish cause.

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  133. stan -  January 6, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    ITS STRANGE TO HEAR BIRDS FALLING FROM THE SKY AND GOVERNMENT WEAPONS IN THE SAME CONVERSATION.(THOMAS COMMENTS 1/6/11 AT 5:50am)THE MOST STRANGEST THING HOWEVER IS RELATING THIS CONVERSATION TO WHAT ISRAEL’S MEDIA HAVE BEEN REPORTING. HOLDINGS OF A BIRD BELIEVED TO BE USED STRATEGICALLY AS A MOSSAD SPY.THE BIRD IS A LARGE VULTURE BEING HELD IN SAUDI CUSTODY.IF OUR BIRDS ARE FALLING DUE TO SOME TOP SECRET GOVERNMENT WEAPON EXECUTRICES THEN GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! THANKFULLY, PERHAPS THE U.S. IS WORKING ON SOMETHING TO KEEP OUR FAMILY MEMBERS FROM BEING FOUND IN THE STREETS.

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  134. Han -  January 6, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    There is nothing to really fear. You know there are probably not aliens doing this or the government it is probably just humans doing something.Probably is the fireworks.

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  135. Curly -  January 6, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    But, alas, no one gave any thought to the poor birds’ parents, who grieved tremendously while the humans heartlessly debated the causes of the unfortunate deaths.

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  136. russ d'great -  January 6, 2011 - 4:03 pm

    obviously this incident is merely caused by what’s happening to our environment, we are not taking good care of our environment anymore, trees, mountains, seas.. this is really a sign we need to change cause birds are dying.. damn..

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  137. russ d'great -  January 6, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    @rampaw – dude, i can be your proof reader.. lols

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  138. Pi -  January 6, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    Just to point out that ‘eschatology’ is the serious study among serious theologians (or at least those who pass for theologians; literally the word means and should be used for those who ‘speak about God’ and not for academicians, but now I digress) of issues pertaining to ‘eschata’ or ‘end-of-times’ as opposed to ‘latter times’ which are taken to begin with Christ’s First Coming (two millennia ago). The various weird ‘esoteric’ mumbo-jumbo ‘prophecies’ about the end of the world are mostly the result of “Nostradamus’ prophecies” as interpreted of course by tabloids such as National Inquirer and the like.

    For a good example of what a study into eschatology should entail (even if one does not agree with the content) I strongly recommend the book “Homilies on the Book of Revelation” (Volume I only out for now) by archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaios, translated and adjusted by Constantine Zalalas (St. Nicodemos Publications, Bethlehem, PA 2009).

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  139. frankie -  January 6, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    Slow internet+verbal diarrhoea=oops.

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  140. frankie -  January 6, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    Pareidolia. Great word. Eschatology. Ditto.
    But the article itself could have been much better written, starting with the title (as Roxanne pointed out already).
    Proper referencing would be nice, too. Or at least the use of “it has been suggested”, “allegedly”, or “some of the explanations given include…” instead of mindlessly quoting fireworks and power lines as if they were long-established (experimentally proven?) explanations and everyone agreed no other causes were even plausible.
    As to the other causes… Well… Act of God? As you wish. But what does He have against blackbirds in particular? Why not the flying rats, pigeons? After all, fireworks are louder in cities, and there are more tall buildings into which to fly. UFOs? I’ve never seen one, or personally met anyone willing to admit they have. But I’ve never seen a bird get electrocuted by a power line either (well observed, dpc). Toxic fumes? Sonic blast? Virus?… Not to be flippant, but rather than all this (existential/environmental/hypochondriacal/paranoidal) angst, I’d like to ask an ornithologist. Anyone know one?

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  141. Marx Lenn Mendoza -  January 6, 2011 - 3:27 pm

    i will go to the explanation of Necropsy, actually i had a friend who had a bird pet, it was a maya bird, on a cage, it was new year, after all the firecrackers is done, the bird died. you see, animals senses are too sensitive than ours, we have to take good care of these wonderful creatures…i have two dogs and a cat, always gone wild during new year’s eve during the firecracker’s time, what i do is comfort them and place them in a dark room, full of pillows, with a mellow music, and from time to time checking them, talking to them and hugging them….

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  142. Hoshi -  January 6, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    ok for one thing, if you think aliens are comeing then you are wrong. Im not going agesnt if they’re are aliens (whichs theres a 50 percent chancer there are)im just saying its not very plausible. Birds mostly die of navigational srewups and tweaks. The most cause that would make sense is the suns strange activity lately. It also reminds me of the movie ‘The Core’. As for the article? birds wouldnt just be scared like that, the media is obviously lieing. (btw im not a scientist. just a person with a good vocab. and science education.)

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  143. Tom -  January 6, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    We each have an electromagnetic print, just as we have a finger, eye, sound print etc.
    HAARP technology are experimenting with the electromagnetic belt. Their aim is to use it to control the weather etc etc etc… (google it and see for yourself – there are also examples of it on Youtube.)

    Ech ‘type’ of living thing has a certain vibrational frequency, and each individual living thing has an added pattern of its own, similar to how we humans each have an individual finger or eye print.

    Using this technology they can tune into desired frequencies (or at least that is what they believe can be done). A lot of people aware of HAARP are afraid that certain species will be able to be illiminated – since we are all electromagnetic. (our energy – life force is).

    What a better time to do an experiment on a small scale with a certain species than NY Eve – so that fireworks can be blamed! How come birds don’t drop like this every year? How come it doesn’t happen everywhere there are fireworks? And if it was the noise – then how come birds don’t drop everywhere everytime there is a thunder storm (much louder than fireworks)? And how come 10,000 of the same type of fish died as well?

    I think it’s HAARP or something similar at work. Or it could be a natural malfunction starting to take effect relating to the electromagnetic system because we are moving into an alignment in Dec 2012 that last took place 26,000 years ago??? Strangely this coincides with the Mayan prophesies – whatever that all actually means – if anything at all?

    As for UFOs – we now know that living molocules came to Earth via meteorites etc. (The sperm of the universe origination from the great ejaculation of LIFE). We would be silly to think we are alone any more. And if we can progress to reaching other planets then so can others – especially those worlds born long before ours.

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  144. Affe -  January 6, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    Fireworks? Power lines? People have already mentioned that there aren’t random caches of dead birds after 4th of July. Cold weather? Then why aren’t there reports of dead birds in colder places than Arkansas? Buildings? Birds are smarter than that. I thought the government was going to be more creative than that.
    By the way, has anyone noticed the contrails getting bigger?

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  145. Elizabeth From AR -  January 6, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    Honestly we all KNOW it was’nt aliens. Fireworks and power lines are a more logical thing to concider. And im from Arkansas this big load of crap is in the newspapers in my little town of Dumas. I dont think that this is the “end” but everything has a scientific reason. One birds die all of the time, its just strange for so many to die at one time. Two disease is very common among birds

    ~Elizabeth From Arkansas :)

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  146. imjustsaying -  January 6, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    Rampaw, I let it slide, then you got a little “haughty taughty” so I had to call you out. It’s spelled apocolyp(s)e. (S is our friend) I agree, I am on a dictionary website so I too expect that there will be no typo’s. But you better believe when I am correcting someone else… I am going to be on point. As far as the article… I am a big conspiracy theorist & I think my intelligence was insulted. Fireworks??? It’s already been stated… We would have seen this elsewhere & previously. And how do you explain the fish in close proximity dying? I think we are killing our mother earth. It started around the Industrial Revolution & is getting worst. The more selfish we are the more our children suffer. :(

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  147. Mishhellee((: -  January 6, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    Oh Emm Geee! Thats Creepy :O

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  148. In Kansas City -  January 6, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    What if the birds had some type of sonic sound disturb their equalibrium — not fireworks, but perhaps a radio wave? Could have come from a scientific test or military test? With their sense of balance disturbed, they could crash into objects on the ground.

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  149. Sunflower -  January 6, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    Interesting…

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  150. TheCynic -  January 6, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Well, if this happened as a cause of fireworks/electrical lines causing damage and deaths to ONLY that specific species of blackbirds to die, why did no other species of bird die from the same events? Is there any data to say that ONLY those species of blackbird were the ONLY birds flying during those events, or that they are very much more susceptible to what occurred during those events? There is simply not enough evidence to fully support this folly.

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  151. Rufo -  January 6, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Its obvious the birds die because of the chemtrails they inhale for so long. The fish because of the fluoridated water.

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  152. FrodoSam -  January 6, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    Maybe God is trying to make us see how bad we all are…

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  153. FrodoSam -  January 6, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    I completely agree with you, sluggo.

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  154. Dan -  January 6, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    The end is coming, repent now and save your souls.

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  155. ec -  January 6, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    nice, sluggo

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  156. ec -  January 6, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    I don’t think there’s a reason for this.

    I think it was a tragic drop dead.

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  157. Butterscotch -  January 6, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Honestly, I haven’t seen anyone state it so I will….If these red winged black birds were found in different areas, not just at the edge of a tall building…then that most likely means it wasn’t tall buildings to blame. On another note, there were also (unsure of the exact number) either 100,000 or 500,000 drum fish washed up on shore…I forget where but why isn’t that recieving any media? I love devils advocate so, think about this, fireworks have never set birds off during the 4th of July (or at least no one hears about it) and the 4th of july in america is one of the most dangerous times of year becuase of all the explosives. This isn’t fireworks either.

    I like the person above who brought up the fact it could have been something to do with magnetic fields of the earth. I did a little digging a few years back…it’s been prooven that the biggest cities are in or very very near the strongest magnetic fields. Look it up people, the magnetic field changes alot of things…small towns are in or near weak magnetic fields…it has to do with the energy taking on alot of change. I know that might not have anything to do with these birds falling from the sky, but it does in a way.

    Mother nature is strange and there’s millions multiplied by millions of things that we have yet to discover about Earth and all her wonders. So, could this be from fireworks? Nope. Birds smacking into buildings? NOPE!

    Think of this as well, the govenerment know’s how stupid it’s people are…so if it WAS them, then using the New Year’s as a mask would be a great idea. I’m from Kansas and I’m ashamed of this country and how stupid it’s general public is. Wise up people. This is NOOOOT stupid fireworks or else we would have heard about it every 4th of july…definatly not buildings or power lines either.

    The only time a bird smashes into something is when he’s hurt or there is a bigger, uncontrollable force behind it like WIND….God gave birds the ability to fly, so he OBVIOUSLY gave them the smarts to do it too…it took us HOW many years to build a flying machine? I think you see my point. So untill you understand how flying, agility, and ability work together, you can’t assume some birds went kookoo for cocopuffs and ran into some buildings. Ever watch a finch fly through a chain link fence? They slip right through it…they know exaclty when to close their wings to go through, when to open them to keep flying or when to land on a piece of the chain link fence. Really…. Think bigger here retards.

    “Silly Americans”

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  158. kevin -  January 6, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Here’s a similar one: about ’73, AEC – Hanford, eastern Washington St., found a herd of sheep dead, just east of our Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Official cause of death: anthrax! Like, a precursor to “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind”. Well, 30-some years later, thru’ Freedom of Information Act, some reporter found the truth was: radiation poisoning killed those sheep!
    Of course, this was Nixon era, so I left my job at Hanford (ARCO) because I didn’t believe the gov’t explanation. So, there COULD be something else behind these birds dying.
    Of course, I ran over a sheep w/tractor, as a kid on the farm, and my Dad didn’t believe that “maybe it died of old-age” either!

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  159. THEY_ARE_COMING -  January 6, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    ITS NOT ANY OF THOSE REASONS NOT EVEN PAREDOLIA!!!! IT WAS THEM!!! THEY ARE COMINGS FER US AND U GOTS TO BE READY…..
    THEY ARE COMING PPL!!!!!!

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  160. Kevin -  January 6, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    It’s flashforward!!!!!!!!!

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  161. GS -  January 6, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    It’s no more reasonable to dismiss every event as meaningless (skepticism) than it is to assign meaning to all events (superstition).

    So-called “omens” are not supernatural in themselves and a scientific explanation of cause doesn’t dismiss their importance. An omen or portent is merely a noteworthy event which draws one’s attention. It’s up to the individual to discover what is being pointed at and its determine meaning, if any.

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  162. Rebecca Gorodetzky -  January 6, 2011 - 11:29 am

    I have to admit, I’d be more than worried if I saw dead birds everywhere like this. I hope they learn what caused it, but I’m also more than positive that no one will. We’ll just wonder about it and keep the theories. The answers given here seem to be very good, though… There are a lot of people worrying that it’s another “sign.” With the large earthquakes, floods, storms, &c., many Christians are thinking the end of the world is coming!

    And guys, this is a site where you learn about the English language and interesting words and etymologies. We don’t usually see typos, and all of them were small and forgivable because they don’t happen often, and we could still understand the meaning. For this time, be forgiving. I think this article was attention grabbing and very well written, as well as entertaining and intelligent, like most of the articles provided here have been in the past. :) I’m not saying there shouldn’t be typos, but you don’t know what could have been going on at the time this was written. If it becomes a habit, then we can worry about it if we want, but I’m very sure it won’t.

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  163. Christian -  January 6, 2011 - 11:10 am

    I don’t believe it was shock from fireworks… Do we ever hear of ANY animals dying during the fourth of the July???? NO YOU STUPID DUCKS!!!!!!!!!

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  164. Just Wonderin' -  January 6, 2011 - 11:02 am

    So, if the fireworks theory is true, then why aren’t we all cleaning up dead birds the day after every 4th of July?

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  165. Ayisha -  January 6, 2011 - 10:51 am

    I don’t know if people actually realize this, but “the end” could very well be caused not by any “ooga booga” force, not that I don’t believe in God, I do I just am also a believer in Science, but “the end” could be brought about by our stupidity and carelessness and I’m sorry to say, if we don’t wise up and care enough about each other and the other creatures around us to put this mess in revers, maybe we deserve to be extinct. As for these unfortunate birds, I think maybe the fireworks were conducted too early, before they find their ‘bed’ in the trees, and they got scared when flying around trying to dodge these firey explosions in the sky, this would frighten even the most hardened of us, on account of resembling a war zone if we were as tiny as birds and happened to be in mid air. As for the power ‘lines’ maybe it was actually the poles they flew into although I think the stupid fireworks is was did them in. It reminds me of this documentary where I heard about how in South America, or Brazil, I forget now, that they’ve toned down the lights in their skyscrapers because too many exotic birds were found dead after flying into the windows at night. Sad, and they did do something about it, so fireworks lovers can too, cut down the amount of fireworks, hold the displays in places that don’t have too many trees and don’t conduct them too early. Nice and simple.

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  166. shannon -  January 6, 2011 - 10:46 am

    very interesting all thsi is, but all is also very hard to believe..Life is to short to always be worrying when u will die. Just enjoy the time we have.

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  167. Jamie Lynn -  January 6, 2011 - 10:37 am

    I think the explanations they give in this article are bogus. Its awfully strange that over hundreds of birds hit the same power line ? what are the odds. usually half of the birds should have noticed that the first half the flock encountered the power line and flown a different direction. I really think that not all these birds would do this. Survival skills would have kicked in and they would have flown in a different direction to avoid the danger. and as for Arkansas really ? fireworks ? its more like a nerve gas or some other type of test gases. I don’t think that this is an “accident” their lying about something.

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  168. poopsie -  January 6, 2011 - 10:31 am

    I’m reminded of the movie “Wag the Dog”, with Dustin Hoffman and Robert de Niro. Where they were Hollywood producers who would were tasked with winning the election for this one guy. And they took the country to war with Canada, not really, just in the media.

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  169. Jack -  January 6, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Do birds fly?

    Also was there not mention of dead fish?

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  170. wave walker -  January 6, 2011 - 10:10 am

    Rampaw

    “Dude”…get somebody (preferably other than yourself!) to “interprete” the meanings of your statements ;) Better yet, just employ a spell checker.

    Has anybody considered that the cause may have actually been an experimental type of EMP device? It wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility.

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  171. alee -  January 6, 2011 - 9:26 am

    seriously, this is such bull.. trauma? how dumb do they think we are….

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  172. Sharon -  January 6, 2011 - 9:24 am

    Interesting article. Thank you.
    PS-Come on, “Sluggo”, do you really think you are enticing the rest of us to your religion with that comment?

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  173. Essentiallyclueless -  January 6, 2011 - 9:07 am

    Smirking sanity pits itself against the earnestly mad. Odds fish. Strange birds. This is so much funnier than directed comedy. Why would I ever want to live anywhere but here?

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  174. John -  January 6, 2011 - 8:52 am

    Fireworks?? There are several occasions of fireworks each year in this country, notably July 4th and New Years’ Eve. Has this kind of thing ever happened before and been attributable to fireworks? I haven’t heard of such a case.

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  175. WhosTheyToSay -  January 6, 2011 - 8:48 am

    HAARP HAARP HAARP HAARP HAARP HAARP HAARP HAARP HAARP
    (google it, find out the truth)

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  176. shiho's charm -  January 6, 2011 - 8:47 am

    i understand about the fire works yes but ( sighs ) did we need to bring in the hole U.F.O’s ? i mean come on …. and this is not the end i’m sure of it .. if you would like to know “when” or “what” to look for then go to “www.watchtower.org “

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  177. John D -  January 6, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Blunt force trauma people. That’s what killed the birds, and the fish suffered from blunt force trauma as well. Now think, what would cause blunt force trauma? Well could be a blunt force? Ya think?
    What can act as blunt force trauma besides being hit with a solid object?
    How about sound? Like a sonic boom or maybe a weapon where sound is used. Remember there were people complaining of loud explosions just prior to the birds falling from the sky.

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  178. @Appie -  January 6, 2011 - 8:46 am

    You people don’t be Bussy this, leave them Alone just hear it and don’t go deep to understand.!(-_-).

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  179. Daniel -  January 6, 2011 - 8:24 am

    The exact same thing happened in Sweden where many birds died the day after new years. Scientists believe that the extremely cold and harsh winter this year, combined with the fireworks lead to the mass dying of some species of birds. Namely Jackdaws who sleep together in colonies. When they are suddenly their sleep is interrupted and they had to move around a lot, not being able to rest, they where consuming more energy than they could afford which lead to them dying in such big numbers. Conspiracy theorists can be such imbecills!

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  180. Jim Satnan -  January 6, 2011 - 7:49 am

    Also at that time 100,000 were found dead, and the three events are unrelated? I have no answer but find it far too coincidental. Given what is taking place in our government and in the world, it is easier to accept conspiracy theories.

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  181. Brittany -  January 6, 2011 - 7:48 am

    Neat posting!

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  182. Sara -  January 6, 2011 - 7:47 am

    This just means that some factory or power plant in Arkansas let a cloud of shit into the air and they have dumbass experts writing up articles like this to fool people. That way factories/power plants don’t have to pay for damages done on the people. Louisiana birds dying also doesn’t surprise me at all since the Mississippi river is lined up with 150 oil refineries. Those have been poisoning the environment for over 40 years.

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  183. Saul Rivera -  January 6, 2011 - 7:46 am

    I think its a virus of some kind that only affects this species of birds

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  184. Roxanne -  January 6, 2011 - 7:38 am

    Nice – who knew pareidolia was a word? But, contrary to your headline, the birds are not in themselves an example of eschatology. As you say, the way they are interpreted is eschatological; the birds themselves are not.
    Calling the birds an example of eschatology is like saying that the customs and habits of a group of people are an example of anthropology, when in fact it’s the study of those habits and customs that is anthropology.

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  185. Dolores -  January 6, 2011 - 7:34 am

    Fireworks maim and kill birds every year. Between that, the human injuries, and the substantial number of fires, I’m shocked fireworks are not banned from more areas. Some traditions should cease.

    The levees break in New Orleans killing over a thousand people; a BP well causes a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico killing thousands of animals, especially in the Louisiana area; and now hundreds of birds have died simultaneously in Louisiana because they collided with the power lines. All of this happened in the course of five to six years. Is there a word for extremely bad fortune? Or maybe every one of those tragedies could have been avoided if the proper safety precautions were in place. Maybe it wasn’t extremely bad fortune after all, but human-made fortune.

    Maybe the massive deaths will help people take notice of the extreme problems with some human-made creations and their effects on wildlife, the planet, and even on themselves. Then again, people tend to have short memories.

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  186. Bry Loudon -  January 6, 2011 - 7:33 am

    Well it is mysterious but what if the air is so polluted that birds are dying because they cant breath! Except we cant see it because we see what we want to see! And i am only 13 years old and i have come to this conclusion with the help of friends.

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  187. dpc -  January 6, 2011 - 7:31 am

    I can’t accept “collision with powerlines” as a valid explanation for the second set of deaths. A single powerline is not a hazard to birds because they do not complete a circuit when they touch it (you see birds sitting on wires all of the time.) If a bird touches two lines at the same time, or one line and something else that is grounded, they will complete a circuit and be electrocuted. Powerlines are spaced far enough apart to prevent such situations, although larger birds such as geese may make fatal contact by flying between the wires. Just falling to the ground in proximity to powerlines does not explain it adequately. For birds as small as red-wing blackbirds to meet their end via powerlines, it could only happen if the birds were found along a run of wires that were far too close together (the fault of the power company), or if the birds were found clustered around the pole(s) where they touched a line and something else that was grounded.

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  188. Vonda -  January 6, 2011 - 7:09 am

    Does anyone know, did this happen only to red-winged blackbirds (in both locations)?

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  189. Saf -  January 6, 2011 - 6:55 am

    I live in Arkansas. There are no tall buildings in Beebe. The official story is that “fireworks” scared the birds to such an extent that they were frenetically flying around at very low altitude in excess of 25mph, crashing into houses, cars, basketball goals, et cetera.

    Nobody in the residential area where the birds were found reported hearing any of the 5000+ birds crash into their houses, nor did they see any of this happening (because they were all deafened and blinded by the “fireworks,” undoubtedly).

    I’m not implying that any kind of intentional deception is going on here, but I really don’t think they researchers involved have any clue what actually happened. I think it’s safe to say that if fireworks caused birds to go into berserker, suicidal frenzies, we’d have known about it by now.

    The only solid conclusion that came from the necropsies was that the birds died from blunt force trauma, and were disease-free. Anything else you hear is just a theory.

    ~Saf

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  190. emily -  January 6, 2011 - 6:54 am

    I saw a dead black bird on the sidewalk in boston on Jan. 3. It was very strange, seems as he’d fallen from the sky. To come across this story seems uncanny….

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  191. Nathan Hunter -  January 6, 2011 - 6:45 am

    So government…when will you test a secret weopon? Becuase I want to be right one of these times.

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  192. FL-UNSKKKK -  January 6, 2011 - 6:36 am

    The media wants you to think it was fireworks…what was it really? And powerlines? Seriously? It’s more than fireworks “scaring” the birds. The liberal media will come up with anything to hide things from citizens.

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  193. ANORMALGUY -  January 6, 2011 - 6:33 am

    IT WAS THEM THERE ALIENS WITH THERE SHOOTING AND THER FLYIN AND THERE UBDUCTIN AND SUCH
    I WOULD BET MY BOTTOM DOLLAR IT WAS THEM COMMYS

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  194. Leah -  January 6, 2011 - 6:28 am

    The birds died from “blunt trauma.” The 2 explanations given are ridiculous, ie; “flying into power lines, frightened by fireworks”??? Please. If that were the case why didn’t it happen worldwide whereever fireworks were displayed? And, power lines, nonesense–again, why didn’t
    they fly into powerlines everywhere??? Something confused their natural navigational instincts. What–a change in the earth’s magnetic field in those locations? If so, what caused the change—the “particle accelerator”? Or, the sun’s present unusual events? The answer is in asking for, and finding, THE CAUSE

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  195. Michael -  January 6, 2011 - 6:21 am

    I would strongly question the necropsy results, unless I knew who did them and why and instead place the blame on individuals or entire communities where the birds rested prior to their unseemly demise. Cause – poison. Reason – to still a raucous and to some, disturbing flock of avian navigators.

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  196. tints mary -  January 6, 2011 - 6:12 am

    weird happenings indeed.Sure is the end.

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  197. sluggo -  January 6, 2011 - 6:09 am

    Are you a good person? quick test. Ever lied, stolen used Gods name as a cuss word? Jesus said if you look with lust you commit adultery in your heart. Will you be guilty on Judgement day? If your guitly God sees you as a lier, thief, blasphemer and adulter at heart. Bible says you WILL go to Hell if guilty, Hell is a bad place of darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth. There is hope, 2000 years ago God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross and rose from the dead, He lived a perfect sinless life and died for you, bc God loves you. Please repent, (turn from sin) and God will grant everlasting life to all those to trust Christ as Lord (Master of your life) and Savior. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.

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  198. Rampaw -  January 6, 2011 - 5:59 am

    I need a proof reader. Obviously I meant “religious kooks,” not “religous.”

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  199. kris martin -  January 6, 2011 - 5:55 am

    are you kidding me? This is the BEST that highly educated professionals can come up with?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  200. Thomas -  January 6, 2011 - 5:50 am

    I found the article interesting and the word play delightful. But no mention of an autopsy being performed on the birds in the article.

    Neither names nor no agencies were noted of performing such actions. The door of assumption was left open to the reader.

    If we can trust the government with directing the U.S. economy, and everyone knows the present shape that it is in, with all credit to such conditions being distributed evenly between the two primary political parties presently in play; then who is to say that the U.S. EPA is earning their dough?

    Was there a harmful chemical release into the atmosphere that disrupted the creature’s ability to navigate? As stated previously; The barn door of assumption was left WIDE open for the public to assume that everyone involved were doing their jobs in accordance to their duties and responsibilities to the general public.

    The article had the smell of flying fish to me.

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  201. Arun -  January 6, 2011 - 5:49 am

    To play the devil’s advocate a bit – if these were some kind of ‘omen’ as some folks claim them to be, what exactly would we expect to see as their causes for death instead?

    I think pareidolia works in reverse too, where our ability to put together a pattern/narrative is essentially limited by one’s experience, imagination, knowledge. We might not believe in things like ‘omens’, but we still have a set idea of how one ‘should’ work if it ever did happen, as if we have it down to a science.

    Anyways, fun stuff :)

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  202. Scott -  January 6, 2011 - 5:43 am

    Relax. It’s not the end of the world. Die-offs such as these are actually quite common. There are various causes (bacterial blooms, infections, severe weather and environmental changes, contamination, trauma…). Usually these small die-offs don’t get much press beyond the local newspaper. However, it’s to be expected that these incidents will start getting a lot more national air time as the media tries to cash in on the latest “end-times” paranoia. Eschatology and religion are man-made superstitions.

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  203. Rampaw -  January 6, 2011 - 5:40 am

    Dude, get someone to proof read your articles. The residents of Beebe “found,” not “fond” dead birds. Also, “could this be a coincidence, and if so, what was the cause?” Don’t you mean, “and if not”?

    By the way, religious leaders did not interprete these events as signs of the apocalype; religous kooks might have. There is a difference.

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  204. indie -  January 6, 2011 - 5:35 am

    Conspiracy theories, aliens & secret government projects sound so much more plausible than either of the explanations given in this article. I believe the word for that is bullshit. Look it up, so u can have an actual increased vocabulary that might be used in an actual conversation.

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  205. AMY-LOU -  January 6, 2011 - 5:35 am

    well to me i think the birds are just dying from shock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  206. Fahima Mahjabin -  January 6, 2011 - 5:14 am

    yes that is the mysterious event at the first of the year…..

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  207. Dr. Flumbleshlorp -  January 6, 2011 - 4:34 am

    Loving these esoteric words, Dictionary.com!

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  208. Kaye -  January 6, 2011 - 3:45 am

    Typo: “fond”. That word should be “found”. Dictionary.com has its days.

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  209. Lauren -  January 6, 2011 - 3:35 am

    Wow, that is weird and amazing at the same time.

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  210. toodles -  January 6, 2011 - 3:16 am

    I am concerned that these animals died due to our influence on the environment, like the oil disasters, killing of animal habitats because of deforestation, water pollution killing off scores of fish, etc.etc.etc

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