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March 26, 2007: Don't Feed The Birds

A news story at the BBC site tells about Liverpool's newest attempt to deal with its pigeon problem:

"Ten robotic birds of prey are being brought into the city centre to scare off the pigeons and visitors are being warned not to give them food."

Warned not to feed the robotic birds of prey? (Visions dance through my head of tourists tossing them computer mice . . . of vendors selling little bags of nuts and bolts . . .) But sadly, no, it's just a poorly constructed sentence. The BBC is usually better with grammar than that. But it was a wonderful image anyway.
-- Steve Jackson

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