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What Magpies Swoop

By RiotPost - 21 October 2009 39

In an effort to stop cyclists wearing the silly cable ties on their helmets which have become all the rage for the last 3 years some members of the CSIRO have done an exhaustive study on what magpies will swoop.

But the law says you still have to wear a helmet.

What’s Your opinion?


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What Magpies Swoop
p1 11:18 am 21 Oct 09

HILARIOUS!!!

Our tax dollars hard at work right there.

Actually, I think CSIRO made a profit last year. I know they made a lot of money from licencing their patent on WLAN technology.

astrojax 11:11 am 21 Oct 09

alternately, walk/cycle with a dog – the maggies swoop my hound when we walk and she seems almost entirely oblivious to them. (which also implies riding while wearing a dog suit might also be the trick..?)

TheObserver 10:35 am 21 Oct 09

I have a couple of fake fluro eyes stuck on my helmet. I refuse to ride around looking like my head has been in sexual congress with an echidna

smilesr 10:30 am 21 Oct 09

Hahaha! Great research!

I’ve found the best deterrent is to have a big red dog (like a ridgeback) with you. The birds totally ignore you and terrorise the dog instead (who has great fun in trying to nip them as they swoop).

Hells_Bells74 9:42 am 21 Oct 09

HappyDaisy – I’m sure as Hell they kept the boogey man away though! 😉

HappyDaisy 9:30 am 21 Oct 09

“I made comment to her that those cable ties were my laugh of the year! Ridiculous to look at lol (although I did of course sympathise with their reasoning).”

No more ridiculous than the painted eyes on the back of the bright yellow helmets from the 90’s. They sure as sure didn’t work.

NoAddedMSG 9:28 am 21 Oct 09

That is fantastic. Although, I always thought that the point of the cable ties wasn’t to deter the magpie, rather they were to prevent the magpie from getting quite so close to your head.

AngryHenry 8:59 am 21 Oct 09

HILARIOUS!!!

Our tax dollars hard at work right there.

toriness 8:56 am 21 Oct 09

brilliant!

Ceej1973 8:52 am 21 Oct 09

Facinating. So try the experiment with a merkin attached!

johnboy 8:13 am 21 Oct 09

Well isn’t that just gold?

songcarver 8:08 am 21 Oct 09

I quite like the look of the cable ties. Might catch on worldwide.

Hells_Bells74 8:05 am 21 Oct 09

Lol.. Good job and most brave!

A friend in facebook was complaining the other day about being attacked by a magpie until her head bled (she was walking I think). So I still wouldn’t trust no helmets as your only defence. I still find a good ole staring match with them has always kept my head safe, I’m not sure how but I doubt I would be able to on a bicycle anyway.

I made comment to her that those cable ties were my laugh of the year! Ridiculous to look at lol (although I did of course sympathise with their reasoning).

Joe Canberran 8:03 am 21 Oct 09

That was awesome! 😀

che 8:02 am 21 Oct 09

so helmets are obviously a government conspiracy

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