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Month: August 2015

Minutes of the flightless


I only know of one other documented human death by flightless bird. It was caused by a cassowary in 1926. 16-year-old Phillip McClean and his brother, aged 13, came across a cassowary on their property and decided to beat it senseless by striking it with clubs. The bird kicked the younger boy, who cried and ran home.  His older brother swung at the bird, missed, and fell to the ground. While he was down the cassowary kicked him in the neck, opening a 1.25 cm wound which punctured the carotid. The boy died of his injuries shortly afterwards.

It was always much much easier to beat the Dodo… Goddamnit, we always discuss the inevitable!

When the speed ratio of wing to plummet is humbled only by that of stupidity to circumstance, what other choice do you have?