If I were a bird, I'd sing a song
And fly about the whole day long
And when the night comes, go to rest,
Up in my cozy little nest.
by Jackie Silberg
First, New Year's Eve fireworks were blamed in central Arkansas for making thousands of blackbirds confused, crashing into homes,
cars and each other. Then 300 miles to the south in Louisiana, power lines likely killed about 450 birds, littering a highway near Baton Rouge.
On Wednesday, Kentucky wildlife officials said several hundred grackles, red wing blackbirds, robins and starlings were found dead
last week in the western part of the state. To add to the mystery, 50-100 jackdaws, a bird species in the crow family, fell dead in central Sweden.
Veterinarian refuses to speculate on cause of death but is investigating.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports updated 1/5/2011 5:37:31 PM ET
... A chair is a stable, raised surface used to sit on, commonly for use by one person.
For many centuries and indeed for thousands of years it was an article of state and dignity rather than an article of ordinary use.
"The chair" is still extensively used as the emblem of authority in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom and Canada,
and in many other settings. Committees, boards of directors, and academic departments all have a 'chairman'.
Endowed professorships are referred to as chairs. It was not, in fact, until the 16th century that it became common anywhere.
In Europe, it was owing in great measure to the Renaissance that the chair ceased to be a privilege of state, and became a standard item of furniture for anyone who could afford to buy it. Once the idea of privilege faded the chair speedily came into general use. We find almost at once that the chair began to change every few years to reflect the fashions of the hour. The 20th century saw an increasing use of technology in chair construction with such things as all-metal folding chairs, metal-legged chairs, the Slumber Chair, moulded plastic chairs and ergonomic chairs. The recliner became a popular form, at least in part due to radio and television, and later a two-part.
The modern movement of the 1960s produced new forms of chairs: the butterfly chair, bean bags, and the egg-shaped pod chair.
Technological advances led to molded plywood and wood laminate chairs, as well as chairs made of leather or polymers.
Mechanical technology incorporated into the chair enabled adjustable chairs, especially for office use...
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It is now forbidden to not smile in the face of adversity; to stop fighting for those who you love; to abandon it all because of your fears; or to give up in making your own dreams come true.
It is now forbidden to pretend we don’t need understanding each other; to place less value in the lives of others; to ignore each of us has a unique path to joy… It is now forbidden to give up on happiness, to abandon optimism, to quit improving ourselves; to believe the world will be a better place without you.