notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Plot For Karate Kid Part 5?


I don't know how this story slipped through the cracks here at the Muck, but better late than never...

On Feb. 2, the Associated Press reported that New Zealand has hired 40 karate experts to protect vintage cars from roguish Kea parrots:

Around 40 members of a local karate club have been enlisted to protect around 140 classic cars due to visit an alpine village near Mt. Cook on New Zealand's South Island...

The karate experts will protect the cars from Keas, sharp-beaked native parrots which have been known to damage vehicles in their search for shiny items, NZPA said.

Funny enough, but here's my favorite part:
...bird lovers needn't be concerned that the karate experts would use martial arts moves on the parrots, which are a protected species. Their job would simply be to scare the birds away

So, let's get this straight. First of all, some genius thought that karate would be the best way to fend off a bunch of flying parrots. And then a bigger genius said, "Great idea, only let's not let anyone actually use karate."

I'm thinking it would be worth the airfare just to see this. Imagine 40 karate experts, all walking around in their traditional Gi, doing jump kicks and flailing madly as parrots swoop down to attack a 1929 Packard. Hi-fucking-ya!

So will it work? Not likely:
Local wildlife ranger Ray Bellringer said the karate masters were unlikely to deter the Keas.

"They will fly around and laugh," he said.

The best method to prevent Keas from damaging vehicles was to squirt them with water pistols, he added.