Tuesday, December 2, 2014

precipitation induced by avian vocalization

A single sheet of eight and a half by eleven inch standard Xerox copy paper is imprinted with the black and white image of a waterfowl and stapled at its corners to a telephone pole covered in flyers.  Underneath the image are the typewritten words.

If this bird hisses or quacks more than normal, it is said that rain is on the way.  If the bird lays any dun-colored eggs it should be destroyed, along with the eggs.

At the bottom of the page are the additional typewritten words

Have you seen this bird?  Tell us.  Call the Bird Hotline: 1(800)621-1091.

This notification appears within a rectangular image in jpeg format produced using a digital camera and posted in an internet blog.  It is displayed below the words "Tuesday, December 2, 2014" and the title "precipitation induced by avian vocalization." The latter alludes to the text of the notice, and casts satirical aspersion upon the dubious claim that increased frequency of vocalization may be utilized as a means of meteorological forecasting as it pertains to a particular unspecified species of amphibious bird.  However, it rhetorically distorts the literal meaning by use of the word "induced" which improperly suggests a cause and effect relationship that is not explicitly postulated to exist.

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