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But, but, but, but... [Feb. 19th, 2014|05:15 pm]
I'm hiding here on LJ. I can't go back to Facebook until I know it's buried so far in my feed, I'd have to use a shovel to find it.

Someone on Facebook posted a picture of a "snowy owl" hanging out in their yard. It's not even a friend of mine, but a friend of mine was tagged on the post and she commented, more than once, so it keeps rocketing to the top.

And all day long, I've been waiting, waiting, hoping, hoping, oh, please, oh, please, for the love of fried mice on multigrain Triscuits, someone tell these people that it's not a snowy owl, it's a Barred Owl. And the only thing they have in common, besides being owls, and carnivores, is that they are frequently seen in daylight. A BARRED Owl. Because it's pale beige with brown...BARS.

As opposed to a Snowy Owl which is SNOW colored, or White, with dark scalloping and FLUFFY feet. I know, I know. None of you care. That's okay. I just had to get it out there into the ether before either my head exploded, or I responded to a complete stranger's post, sounding like a know-it-all.

I like reserve the latter for my actual friends. Aren't YOU lucky?

[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2014-02-20 01:11 am (UTC)
this is one of the 5,310 reasons I am not a Facebook user ... because faced with the same situation, I would channel Dan Akroyd from the days when Saturday Night Live was good, and begin a retort with a classic "Jane, you ignorant slut ...." before posting not only the explanation of the creature in question but links to wildlife sites for their edification ... which means my "wall" would be regularly defaced by people who think I suck for publicly pointing out their stupidity

I applaud your restraint ... because I know, deep down, similar thoughts percolated in the recesses of your mind ... but with a better internal filter, you played nicely instead ... and even bumped nice up a step by refusing to give in to eviscerating a moron who is a stranger to you

rock on

now, if you wanted to start an argument within them while being able to step back and observe, you could ask which Harry Potter character had a Snowy Owl ...

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[User Picture]From: sestree
2014-02-20 06:38 am (UTC)
hehe ok I'm hardly an expert but I probably would have caught that one. It must make your brain want to go all splody or something.

I love owls. I don't hear them around here though - odd. We didn't have that many trees in KS but I had hawks and owls both.

No squirrels though. :)
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