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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Aug 24 02:16 AM

Aug 24, 2009: Birdbrains

Birdbrains, two of them.

On the left we have Sony Dong, who was arrested in March after coming in from Vietnam, caught with them strapped under his pants at Los Angeles International Airport.

And on the right, a 23-year-old Australian returning from a trip to the Middle East was caught with two live pigeons in his pants, according to customs officials. They said the man could be charged with wildlife smuggling, an offense punishable by 10 years in prison.

Vietnam to L.A.? Middle East to Australia? Those aren't commuter hops, they both take long hours, it's a wonder the birds were alive.
I don't know about Dong, but the Aussie could get 10 years, probably won't, but how many years is worth the risk?
How much money could either of them make on those birds, to make it worth the risk?


ZenGum  Monday Aug 24 02:53 AM

I've heard that a breeding pair of sulphur crested cockatoos can bring $10,000 in the right market. Here, farmers consider them pests. Even plain old galahs can fetch $1,500.

The term "budgie smugglers", well, that is somewhat different.

capnhowdy  Monday Aug 24 08:16 AM

What a couple of MAROONS! [Bugs Bunny]

Spexxvet  Monday Aug 24 09:25 AM

I'm smuggling a bird in my pants right now. High five [/The Todd]

newtimer  Monday Aug 24 09:59 AM

If I were going to tape birds to my calves, I wouldn't wear black shoes.

sweetwater  Monday Aug 24 10:13 AM

Maybe they thought the birds could be useful should the aircraft lose power?

Shawnee123  Monday Aug 24 11:34 AM

Wouldn't the birds be, like, squawkin' and stuff?

SteveDallas  Monday Aug 24 12:57 PM

Budgie smuggler

monster  Monday Aug 24 01:53 PM

And here was me thinking you must've had the same image of the day inspiration I did.

Bird Brains part 2 Worthing Birdman: BBC story and pics

mechanically-unaided flight off Worthing pier into the sea.

monster  Monday Aug 24 01:57 PM

Budgie Smuggling sounds like another euphemism for a male camel toe.

WillieO  Monday Aug 24 04:53 PM

With those hairy legs, you'd think he was a wookie.

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