Canada’s New National Bird: The Grey Jay?

Photo credit: Tony Hisgett.

Photo credit: Tony Hisgett.

Lately I’ve been scouring the web for distracting and silly news stories.

One of the nicest ones I’ve come across so far was the semi-official announcement of Canada’s national bird.

The link above shares facts about grey jays as well as discusses why they were selected for this honour.

It also talks about the other species of birds that were being considered for this position.

I am not the kind of person who spends a great deal of time thinking about national symbols.

I’m not against having them. They simply don’t strike me as particularly interesting or important.

So I was surprised by how many people had strong feelings about this decision when I read what folks were saying about it on Twitter.

Some of them had some incredibly strong opinions both for and against this idea.

A few of them were genuinely offended.

grey-jay-2What really made me giggle, though, was the thought of asking grey jays themselves what they thought of becoming our national bird.

They’re birds!

They don’t care what humans call them.

In fact, they wouldn’t understand the conversation at all.

Yet people still argue over this.

I don’t know why this strikes me as so funny, but it does.

What are some of the offbeat news stories you’ve been amusing yourself with lately?

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