Rice in rice fields are not dried. Look at the source. In one study 3 out
of 5 people prefer Pepsi. In another, 3 out of 5 people prefer Coke. In
another, 3 out of 5 prefer Dr Pepper. The first was funded by Pepsi. The
second, Coke. The third, Dr Pepper. Carefully study the source of the
"expert" or study. The information presented is of dubious reliability.
And that's not always true. My ex ripped one once in an Ames (K-Mart type
store) and it rattled the bottles on the shelf. Of course, I immediately
disowned her and bolted elsewhere.
This should have been a sign that things would not go well in the future
On Sat, 25 Jul 2009 20:16:11 -0500, Michael Dobony
Never found a study on exploding birds, but Cornell University (lab of
"If birds eat uncooked rice, can it swell up in their throats and
stomachs and kill them?"
"Lots of birds eat uncooked rice in the wild. Bobolinks, sometimes
called rice birds, are a good example. While rice is okay for birds,
many wedding parties now throw bird seed instead."
Even bird watchers debunk these myths.
"You should not throw rice at the bride and groom at weddings because
birds eat it and it swells up in their stomach and kills them.
Sometimes the myth goes that it causes them to explode."
"Not true. If it were, there would be exploding bird stories all over
the national press every June. Think about it. Lots of birds feast in
rice fields every year, irritating rice farmers to distraction. If
eating rice caused birds to explode, most rice fields would look like
a popcorn machine in the harvest season, with little puffs and
explosions providing constant entertainment. Quite a vision, and one
that the press would never miss."
"And there is no difference between rice in fields and rice in bags
from the supermarket. Birds have no trouble digesting rice, or any
other "expanding" vegetable. I am all in favor of throwing birdseed at
weddings, which is what proponents of this myth urge as a solution. I
like the symbolism of throwing birdseed. But rice is fine, too."
Essentially, those comments support Snopes, ime.
Rice? The stuff commonly available to birds in any state where rice is
readily available? That rice? It is a common food that has no effect on
birds. If so, the EPA in its infinite wisdom would have shut down all rice
farming in the world.
Rice? What have you been smoking? Do yo have any left?
I think this is an outgrowth of the urban legend or whatever that
lead to weddings using soap bubbles instead of rice throwing because it
allegedly expanded in the birds causing them to explode. I know that
after our wedding we had a bunch of problems with starlings blowing up..
but that was probably more related to my sociopathic best man and his
affinity for M-80s (grin). The Snopes stuff on this is at
Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought
of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.
On Sun, 26 Jul 2009 10:11:52 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
This is true. Prison officer heard a noise in the cell block clothes
drier. He went to investigate and found that a Cuban prisoners was
tumbling a pigeon in the dryer (cooking). I can imagine it sounded
like tennis shoes tumbling around.
The Frenchastans and Quackastanes like pigeon.
Yeah. Have lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of dead pigeons laying
around. And then someone calls the law. Then the law calls the feds. You
want to get hooked up with EPA and State Wildlife?
I didn't think so.
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