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March 31, 2021


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 29 finches hidden in hair rollers in the baggage of a traveler who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport and was headed to New Jersey, officials said Tuesday.

(Thanks to Art Kraus)


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I thought everything was legal in New Jersey

Finch smuggling can be a lucrative enterprise, with birds netting hundreds of dollars.
Sounds like a flighty premise.


" 29 finches in hair rollers "

From the 29 Days of Christmas.

Red herring. They totally missed the flying squirrels he had in there.

We have a yard full of finches. They don't need to import any.

So THAT'S why they call a head of unruly hair a "bird nest"....

NMUA- You are probably right, but they landed in New York where everything is illegal. Should have flown into Newark airport!

Once the finches start to sing a lot of heads are gonna roll.

Nobody smuggling the blue tits?

...nor the blue-footed boobie?

Not quite enough fragile finches for a real pie. That requires four and twenty blackbirds which are larger,tougher, but don't sing sweetly.

"Sing a song of sixpence a bucket full of rye
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing
What a dandy dish fit for a king"

addendum: They had real tough blackbirds in those days, finches were just too feeble.

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