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Saturday, January 8, 2011


Since I write in the realm of urban fantasy—which is to say, fantasy in a contemporary setting—I typically don't agree with the saying ‘fact is stranger than fiction.’ I mean, if we look at some popular books on the market today, it would be this writers opinion that secret schools for wizards, sparkling vampires, and cult filled cities hidden in tunnels deep underground, are far stranger than anything I’ve seen in the news lately ... well, that WAS my opinion until the other day when I caught this article.

Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town.


Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the birds showed physical trauma, and she speculated that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail."

The commission said that New Year's Eve revelers shooting off fireworks in the area could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

One thousand birds? Can you imagine how that would look? Perhaps you're going outside to collect your morning paper. Maybe you’re still in your housecoat, a glass of orange juice in hand. It takes a moment to register, but as you pan your gaze around your yard and into the adjoining areas of your neighborhood, you see ... Bird carcasses. What would you be thinking in that moment?

I’ll tell you what I’d be thinking: Two things. First, time to stop drinking the water in Arkansas. And second, *cue creepy music* AFLOCKALYPSE. No, I can’t take credit for that term. I read it HERE where other similar events are discussed.

So – the way I see it you can act one of two ways. Either you believe the scientists and researchers who insist these types of events are now, and have always been extremely common. Or, you take my advice—the advice of a self proclaimed professional liar—and find a place you can dig a hole for your underground bomb shelter, stock it with supplies, and get ready. Today birds and fish, tomorrow................

(See how I trailed off there? That was me alluding to the fact that something bad just happened to me. So bad I couldn't even finish my sentence. Of course nothing so bad that I wasn’t able to add a series of ellipses, or bad enough that I couldn’t log into my blog and paste this into a new post. I’m sure you’re terrified!)

Have any of you seen articles like this? Or similar ones that make you think fact really is stranger than fiction? Hit the comment tab - let's here em.


Alisha Souillet said...

Though I have nothing good to say about William Shatner, I did whatch a TV show tonight that reminded me of this blog post.
It's called Weird or What? The episode talked about feet, left and right, severed from the body washing up on shore but no one knows where they came from.
Could you image the person walking down the beach, and coming across foot, after foot? Now would that be called a Afootcalypse?

Steven Whibley said...

I don't know if I'm more shocked by that story or the fact that William Shatner has yet another TV show :) I'll have to check it out. Oh, and I think "Afootcalypse" is a term you can claim as your own. In fact, I'd trademark it if I were you. I have a feeling it's going to catch on.

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