India. It’s a fucked up country. Nice people, but boy do they do some wacky things. They dance weird (though, it’s kinda pretty and fun). They make weird food (looks yucky, but taste yummy). They have have a weird relationship with cows (To be fair, millions of Americans worship the woman on The View. It’s sorta the same thing). They have weird marital practices (longest ceremonies…EVER). And, will someone explain to me why the last name of every Hindu I’ve met is Patel (that’s really fucking confusing)? Suffice to say, there is some cooky shit going on over there.
More to the point, today in wacky news stories, the popularity of Harry Potter in India has caused a rise in owl thiefery.
Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has blamed fans of Harry Potter for the demise of wild owls in the country as children seek to emulate the boy wizard by taking the birds as pets.
The hit books and films, which are popular in India, feature a snowy owl called Hedwig who is a feathered sidekick for the Potter character and used to deliver mail.
“Following Harry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls,” Ramesh said Wednesday, according to comments reported by the BBC.
Researchers found that a growing number of owls were being trapped, traded or killed in black magic rituals. [AFP via AV Club]
OK people of India, lay off the owls or you’ll end up in Slytherin for sure!