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Atheist LOLParrot Sez…

Just when I thought I had the LOLParrot market cornered, someone at I Can Has Cheezburger posts this awesome (and atheist) budgie giving the Great Big Kitteh in the Sky the proverbial smackdown (or wing-down?). Happiness chirp goes to Jake, who sent me this!

Check it out under the fold.
(thanks for the heads up on the budgie!)



  1. #1 Dan
    January 11, 2008

    Shouldn’t it be “peck down?”

    Hmm… That’s a toughie.

    Still, it’s nice to see people breaking out of the constrictive fetters of feline faith worship.

  2. #2 Shelley Batts
    January 11, 2008

    Shouldn’t it be “peck down?” \

    Yes, a peck-down or beak-down would hurt far more than a wing-down. 🙂 Good call.

  3. #3 Ken Shabby
    January 11, 2008

    Thank you. My first smile of the day.

  4. #4 Brian English
    January 11, 2008

    Parakeet? That’s a Budgie.

  5. #5 Sarah
    January 11, 2008

    Hmm my budgie is also an atheist, my parrotlet is a pantheist.

  6. #6 Milo Johnson
    January 11, 2008

    It looks like ceiling cat fell through the lampshade.

  7. #7 garth
    January 11, 2008

    plenty of fun stuff here:

    my para…budgies would be interested in this news…

  8. #9 The Stone
    January 11, 2008

    Thats frick’n Brill!


  9. #10 ceiling cat's keeper
    January 11, 2008

    Ceiling cat installed the eco-friendly light bulb/swirly-thingy and hit the road/sky to go haunt other ceilings.

  10. #11 Kimpatsu
    January 11, 2008

    My bird died and went to heaven, and now we don’t hear a chirp from him.

  11. #12 ansuzmannaz
    January 11, 2008

    Your parrot is wrong. There is no God, but there is a Ceiling Cat!

    How do I know? The same way every empty chair has an invisible cat!

  12. #13 Paula Helm Murray
    January 11, 2008

    That’s too funny. or “Why I always kept my budgies off the lampshades.”

    And garth, one of the common names for that lizard is “Jesus Christ Lizard.” Don’t know if it’s just because it IS running on the water surface or because the first person who saw it went, “Jesus Christ, that lizard is running on top of the water!”

  13. #14 Anon
    January 11, 2008

    So, wait…

    This being Plague Week ™, is this a clue that the real cause of Teh Plagez is psittachosis?

  14. #15 DDeden
    January 12, 2008

    Wow great blog, just found it. I’m really keen on human bio evo, trying to figure the senses including hearing, how they developed, why ours differ from other primates, diving equalization, etc.

    three cheers/chirps!

  15. #16 Engineer-Poet
    January 12, 2008

    But there is a Windowsill Cat!  It’s on my windowsill right now, having abandoned her previous avatar as Shedding Black Fur On Mostly White Sofa And Demanding Attention Cat.

    Seriously, that bird looks like it’s going to nibble just a bit too far one day and receive a big surprise, then wonder where the perch went.

  16. #17 Felicia Gilljam
    January 12, 2008

    Parakeet? That’s a Budgie.

    Budgies are parakeets. Although since parakeet isn’t a scientific term, simply being a descriptor for any small or medium-sized parrot, I’m surprised Shelley would use it. Surely a scientific-minded bird-fan would prefer more precise terminology? 😉

    Very cute picture. I miss my budgies (all of whom were atheists, I’m ure). 🙁

  17. #18 Nomen Nescio
    January 12, 2008

    “parakeet” is even woozier a term than that; the usual definition is “any slender, long-tailed, zygodactylous, hookbilled bird”. (zygodactylous means two claws forward, two back, for non-bird heads.) i think you could technically call macaws parakeets, although i haven’t seen it done very often.

    it’s tricky to tell from the LOLphoto, but i guess the atheist budgie is female; they’re the gnawers, out of nesting instinct. (adult budgies are sexed by the color of the cere, which is the bit where the nostrils are. juvenile budgies can’t easily be sexed.)

  18. #19 Ole Blue
    January 12, 2008

    Funny…Santa is still alive and well howeever.

  19. #20 Rich Stage
    January 12, 2008

    My ‘tiels* have some thoughts on all this
    They say, “Wait, God doesn’t exist?”
    And then they both say
    (while the cat is away)
    “Feed me or we’ll bite off your wrist.”

    I wonder if they’d feel the same
    (or would I just be changing the game)
    Would they call me a sinner,
    if, when the cat needed dinner
    I’d forgotten to secure their cage?

    God’s where you want him to be.
    In a book, in the air, on TV.
    One thing I don’t get:
    Am I God to my pets?
    I hope not; that thought terrifies me.

    *Cockatiels, for all you non-avian types.

  20. #21 Tziporah
    January 22, 2008

    Every parrot I have known believes itself to be THE god!

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