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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Why The Geese Died

Goose-a-mo's! Or Goosingtons. Whichever you prefer.

Sometimes I'm wrong, and sometimes I'm right. I was wrong about Chocolate Lucky Charms, but I was right about the dead Canada Geese that I wrote about two weeks ago. Pesticides did not kill the 14 Canada Geese and ducks that died so tragically that weekend.

The "experts" suspected the birds had eaten grass soaked in pesticides. I am not an expert, but I knew this was practically impossible. Why? Because I use a thing called logic.

First of all, what are the odds that the 14 Canada Geese and ducks happened across some tasty grass which had, just minutes earlier, been sprayed with pesticides? I'm going to be extremely conservative here and say it's 1 in 1,000 - assuming that, out of about half a million people in the surrounding area, a mere 1,000 of them sprayed pesticides on their properties that day.

Now, what are the chances that those same 14 Canada Geese and ducks who ate the above-mentioned deathgrass flew to the exact same location and then began dying? Let's say that's also 1 in 1,000.

And finally, what are the chances that I could get a guest-spot on Lost?

Okay, seriously now. What are the odds that both of these events happened? No, it's not 1 in 2,000. It's actually 1 in 1,000,000. Yes, one in one million. Here's how you do it (according to Jodster, who only got a 52 in grade 11 math). You take 1,000 and multiply it by 1,000 to get the correct, combined odds.

One in a million? Yup. Now check this out: The odds of you being struck by lightning in your lifetime are 1 in 5,000. Yes, you read that correctly. If you don't believe me, check it out here. The odds of fataly slipping in the shower are 1 in 2,232. The odds of getting Hemmorhoids? 25 to 1. Odds of having your identity stolen? 1 in 200.

So much for the experts.

Tests were conducted on the dead birds last week, proving my correctness. The tests were done at the University of Guelph by Dr. Doug Campbell. The tests ruled out pesticides as well as many viruses. There was no conclusive result, however, it is strongly believed that Botulism, specifically type C, killed the Canada Geese and the ducks. Botulism is caused by bacteria which produces a nerve toxin that paralyses muscles, which explains why the Geese could not keep their heads above the water.

Humans are unaffected by type C botulism. But sadly, adorable little fluffy guys like this gosling are, and there's nothing we can do about it.


Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Awww, that is so sad. They're so darn cute! :)

And no "Lost" guest-spot? What a bummer.....;)

12:33:00 PM

Blogger patti_cake said...

Awww that is sad. You should SO be on Lost!

12:57:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

i think the odds of getting hemmorhoids increases drastically if you are a woman who has just given birth....like, 25 (being human) x 25 (woman) x 10,000 (give birth) so it's like 6,250,000 to one. hmmm. (okay, i love math)

Okay, back to the geese and ducks. What caused the bacteria botulism in those particular grasses and what can be done about it?

11:58:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

BTW, our gasoline is now $3 a gallon (midgrade).

11:59:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

The bacteria that causes Botulism is found in the dirt. It also comes from decomposing life: Either the dead body of a fish, or another bird. Maggots spread the bacteria which thrives in these decomposing bodies. I'm not sure what the birds could have eaten in order to injest the bacteria.

Gas here is still about $1 a litre. It still costs us about $40 to $50 to fill a regular car's tank.

11:40:00 AM

Blogger Ham said...

Shitty. It's all I can say. Poor geese.

4:31:00 PM

Blogger Chana said...

ah logic, i have heard of such a thing. i have read it has almost magical possibilities.

thank you for the follow up. the poor little feather friends.

10:57:00 PM


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