365 Days of Shakespeare

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22. What? You are kidding me.

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It’s all Shakespeare’s fault if your plane crashes.

Okay, I might have jumped to conclusions a little. He’s kind of inadvertently responsible for some people being fans of him in a weird way that prompts them to bring birds he mentioned in his plays to America – birds that crowd the skies and cause difficulties to airplane travel. I am speaking, of course, of the starling.

The starling is mentioned briefly in Henry IV (I don’t remember which part and I’m too lazy to look it up at the moment, so just trust me on this one), and a group of avid bird…fans, I guess…decided to bring 100 starlings over to America in the 1980’s. Their goal is to bring every bird Shakespeare ever mentioned to America. Which would be fine if starlings didn’t breed so insanely fast/much, causing the skies to blacken with their offspring and make it dangerous for airplanes.

They are considered a nuisance and the U.S. has resorted to poisoning them (which, okay, I understand because it’s an issue of public safety, but that is just not cool in general. I’m not in favor of poisoning anything as a rule. Except roaches. But they are pure evil, so it’s different) as a means of controlling their population. How out-of-control is it? Well, considering only 100 brought over in the 80’s have now begotten over 200 million as of September of this year, I’d say those little birdies are having a wildly good time in their nests.

For more information on this issue, check out the article I found. And remember, if you are ever on a plane and it is going down, it’s probably Shakespeare’s fault.

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Written by Caroline Mincks

October 22, 2009 at 11:42 PM

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