Sunday, September 25, 2005

Quote of the day!

Wilbur and Orville Wright
From Wired Magazine:
How do you explain to the FAA that we had a rabbit strike at 1,800 feet?"


Among the Smithsonian's nooks and crannies is the Feather Identification Laboratory. [I am not making this up.] Tissue swabs from bird-plane collisions are sent to the lab for analysis. The scientists call this carnage "snarge." [Still not making this up.]

Forensic ornithology covers a wide swath. These guys just don't whoop it up - they need to know things like feather topooly and apply their keen insights to wildlife enforcement, archeology, and phylogenetic studies of birds. And of course, bird-aircraft strikes. A properly leveraged career could land you a gig on CSI.

The first recorded bird strike was by WIlbur Wright in 1905. We just have to take Orville's word for it. Which reminds me, if you thought their names were a little out of the mainstream, they had 2 other brothers - Lorin and Reuchlin. Their dad was a bishop in the United Brethern Church. Do what you will with that information.

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