Avian Cartography

If you were the proud owner of five thousand ducks, what better thing could you do than train them to walk around in a flock that looks just like a map of Wales?

     

Well done, Farmer Hong of Taizhou in China’s Zhejiang province. You are an example for avian cartographers across the world to both envy and seek to emulate.

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4 comments:

Alwyn ap Huw said...

Where is Sir Fôn?

Dewi Harries said...

Where on earth did you find that?

MH said...

Just click the picture for the link, Dewi.

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As for the omission of Ynys Môn, it's a fairly long story but I've finally managed to piece it all together, Alwyn.

Weetabix ran a campaign to wipe the island off the map only a couple of years ago. It might have been excused as a simple mistake at the time, but we now know that Weetabix was set to be sold to a shadowy state-owned Chinese company.

If we think about it for a minute, the most implausible thing about the picture is not that the ducks have been trained to flock together in the shape of a map of Wales, but that the Chinese authorities would allow it to happen in the middle of a busy Chinese city.

It's all part of a plan conceived by none other than the UK government, who are becoming increasingly desperate to get someone ... anyone ... to build a new nuclear power station on Ynys Môn. China is one of the few countries to have enough money to waste on a project that could never be commercially viable, but they're afraid of the negative publicity that would arise if the island were wiped off the map following a nuclear accident.

So this is an exercise in mass propaganda that is likely to be repeated in every sizeable Chinese city (and beamed around the world in pictures like these) over the next few years, in order to convince people that Ynys Môn never existed in the first place. Then if the worst happens, and Ynys Môn is obliterated from the face of the planet, the Chinese will not lose face.

Anonymous said...

Bravo, MH!

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