Reality and Sanity

July 1, 2007

A Mind Sorely In Need of a Critical Thinking Lesson

Filed under: Stupid People Tricks — Paul @ 8:11 am

Sometimes, all you can ask is, “What the hell was he thinking?”

The headline of this story shows how far some minds are off the road: Man Beats Peacock He Says Was Vampire.

No, I’m not making this up.

NEW YORK (AP) – A peacock that roamed into a fast-food restaurant parking lot was attacked by man who vilified the bird as a vampire, animal-control authorities said.

Beaten so fiercely that most of his tail feathers fell out, the bird was euthanized, said Richard Gentles, a spokesman for the city’s Center for Animal Care and Control.

“It’s just unbelievable that someone would do something to a poor, defenseless animal and do it in such a cruel fashion,” he said.

The peacock, a male several years old, wandered into a Staten Island Burger King parking lot and perched on a car hood Thursday morning. Charmed employees had been feeding him bread when the man appeared.

He seized the iridescent bird by the neck, hurled it to the ground and started kicking and stomping the creature, said worker Felicia Finnegan, 19.

“He was going crazy,” she said.

Asked what he was doing, she said, the attacker explained, “‘I’m killing a vampire!'”

Is there an iota of logic here?

If the peacock really was a vampire (which it wasn’t) how about using the traditional defenses: a cross, garlic, wooden stake through the heart? If the peacock really was a vampire, would it assume human form and beat his ass to a pulp? The story doesn’t mention another factor that could be in play, like, say this happened in broad daylight?

“He was going crazy,” she said.

There was no ‘going’ about it. He is crazy.

I hope the cops do find that guy, not only to face the consequences of his actions, but to get his delusional ass off the street before he hurts himself, anyone else or anything else.


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