Too Many Wings?

A surprising message in the news has caught my attention today. Plane had to land because of bird strike.

Now: Bird strike? That’s when birds fly into a plane, right? – Oh, wait! No, it’s the other way around. A plane flies into a bird swarm. Of course! Why in all the world would birds hit a plane?

And that moment, I’m afraid, my twisted brain played jokes on me, and I started to laugh.

‘Why would birds hit a plane?’

On a dare?

Imagine the following scene:
• “Hey there… want to join us?”
• “Yeah, okay.”
• “Cool… see that Airbus over there?”
• “Uhm… yes?”
• “Once through the turbine and you’re in.”

 

Picture courtesy of http://www.google.com

 

Or what about suicide birds? Of course, it made me laugh too; but after all, we don’t know what birds are thinking.
“I don’t want to live anymore… I hate it to be a bird… I suffer from vertigo!”

 

Picture courtesy of http://www.google.com

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I had to learn that indeed bird strike is a sincere problem and can in fact damage an airplane.
Seriously, I have been naïve about it. I just thought: “Hey… that’s an airplane, what can a bird do there? Scratch the windshield?”
I was told: “What do you think happens, if up there, 30,000 feet above the ground that little scratch through pressure and speed causes the windshield to break and fly off?”
I thought: “What? – Hmmm. What would happen, if the windshield of a plane actually does fly off?”
And to be honest, my joking brain, of course, thought about the pilot’s announcement: “Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s your captain speaking with some amazing news: We are now flying a convertible.”
My-oh-my… I know I’m bad.

 

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But honestly: I wish someone could explain to me what bird strike does to an airplane – in particular, a big airplane. I’m almost sure we aren’t talking about a flock of sparrows. How big do the birds have to be to become a danger to an airplane? How many birds would be in a swarm in such a case? If someone knows about it, please, let me know. Thank you.

 

Monday Funnies…

Wow – I’m posting the Monday Funnies on a Monday! Once again, after all that time I got it right. I’m so proud of myself.
Thanks for sharing the smiles, Story Reading Ape!!

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My Thanks to Tina Frisco for sending these:

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Flowers that look like something else…

Thanks, Story Reading Ape for these amazing pictures!!

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My thanks to the Vermont Varmint for sending me these:

Hooker’s Lips (PsychotriaElata)

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Dancing Girls (ImpatiensBequaertii)

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Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrysbbomyblifora)

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Swaddled Babies (AnguloaUniflora)

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Parrot Flower (ImpatiensPsittacina)

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Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

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An orchid that looks remarkably like a
tiger

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Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)

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And his friends…

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Angel Orchid (HabenariaGrandiflorifo rmis)

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Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (PeristeriaElata)

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White Egret Orchid (HabenariaRadiata)

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The DarthVader (AristolochiaSalvad orensis)

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An Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina

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Monkey Face Orchid (DraculaSimia)

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Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

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What a wonderful world!

“May God grant you always…

A sunbeam to warm you,

A moonbeam to charm you,

A sheltering Angel, so nothing can harm you,

Laughter to cheer you,

Faithful friends near you.

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…the day it rained money… and we couldn’t laugh…

Seumas Gallacher provided us with a wonderful and funny memory. Thanks for the giggle, Master Gallacher!! We appreciate you let us have a peek into your past.

Seumas Gallacher

…I s’pose yeez would’ve had to be there… but I’ve been giggling away all morning at the memory of it… come with me, back more than 50 years… picture the young Master Gallacher, newly minted apprentice at the redoubtable Clydesdale & North of Scotland Bank Limited, Govan Cross Branch in Docklands Govan in Glasgow… the freshest Trainee Master of the Financial Universe... the personnel in the branch were great guys… the Manager, Mister George Galloway, the epitome of the pin-striped Scottish Banker, defender of his clients’ pennies and bawbees… bowler hat and constantly furled umbrella as much a part of his uniform as his distinguished manner of addressing staff and customers alike… his number two, nominally adorned with the title, the Bank Accountant,MisterWilliam (call me Bill) Melvin, was a man with the detachable banker’s daily stiff white collar on his immaculately white shirts and…

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