Thu Apr 10, 2014, 02:52 AM
MrScorpio (62,559 posts)
The Sure Signs of Spring...
The first seen Brødkjeksfugl in North America for 2014
With the arrival of Spring comes the arrival of returning birds to North America. One such avian species is the rarely seen Brødkjeksfugl, or the commonly called, "Biscuit Bird." First observed in 1876, by the famed Norwegian-American birding enthusiast and founder of the North American Birding Association (NMBA), Asbjørn Ambjørnsen of Owatonna, Minnesota.
The Brødkjeksfugl is recognized by its distinct lack of feathers, as it consists entirely of sourdough bread. This rare bird is the only known animal to employ the power of flight through the use of a lighter than air yeast and flour combination and a special form of aeration. The birds migrate from their winter breeding (or breading) grounds in the jungles of Guyana in late March/early April. Usually returning to North America without much fanfare. it's suspected that they have adjusted their migratory patterns to take advantage of the diversion provided by the combination of the opening of the Major League Baseball season and the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament.
Every year, the NMBA conducts a contest, called the Asbjørny Prize, where organization members vie to become the first to spot and photograph a newly migrated Brødkjeksfugl in North America during that season. The honor of winning the 2014 Asbjørny went to Myron J. Asmodel of East Liverpool, Ohio. His prize for spotting the first Brødkjeksfugl, just outside of Leesburg, Virginia, was an all expense paid vacation for two to Kumaka, Guyana, near the reputed breeding grounds of the rare bird.
Although seasoned and amateur birding enthusiasts would never think to feed any bird that they're observing, the NMBA issues a strongly worded advisory annually to never feed migrating Brødkjeksfugls whenever they're encountered. In 1975, an infamous incident in Oshkosh, Wisconsin occurred, when flocks of cannibalistic Brødkjeksfugls swarmed several bakeries in the city, attacking pastry chefs and commercial bakery workers, in a frantic search to consume freshly baked goods. It was strongly suspected that the swarm and attacks occurred as a reaction to being fed bread crumbs by unsuspecting, yet well meaning elderly people in nearby parks.
The bread crumbs, supposedly caused a form of avian rabies solely in the Brødkjeksfugls, which resulted in a massive culling of infected flocks and the loss of over 100,000 loaves of white, wheat and rye bread. The inability to make sandwiches in that part of the state, unfortunately impacted the local economy detrimentally, as sales of cheese, lunch meats, hotdogs, peanut butter, jelly and brots plummeted during that year.
The one bright spot in the aftermath of the Great Brødkjeksfugl Swarm of 1975, was the introduction of imported flour tortillas, sent to the area in bulk for the first time from Texas, California and Mexico, to compensate for the loss of bread until local production could be resumed.
This saw to an increased popularity in wraps and burritos, spawning a whole new movement towards Southwest-inspired cuisine in several Northern states. The dawn of a new era and a Tex-Mex taste explosion, the size and scope of which, has never been repeated since.
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