The birds are real, a US government agency wants to assure you

Ohio Wildlife Division

A parody movement claims birds aren’t real. Now a government agency, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, is stepping in to defend its feathered friends.

Background: 23-year-old Peter McIndoe created the ‘Birds Aren’t Real’ movement in 2017 as a parody of conspiracy theories, according to the New York TimesHis script claimed the birds were drones created by the government to spy on its citizens, though McIndoe says he’s done with the joke now. “It’s a way of laughing at the madness rather than being overwhelmed by it,” he told the newspaper.

Not everyone has heard of the “Birds aren’t real” claim, but apparently someone from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission did, because on Wednesday that organization’s account tweeted: “Birds are real”.

The tweet flew high with readers – over 35,000 people liked it at the time of writing.

Then the commission came up with a number of images of two birds having a long conversation – oddly enough, about a potluck. It looks like one bird wants to be the host, but doesn’t think it can top the other bird’s impressive potlucks. In the end, the birds decide to come together and have a joint event. Again, this actually happened on a US government agency’s Twitter account.

Turns out the thread was meant to promote something – not potlucks or birds being real, but a government website, SaferProducts.gov, where consumers can report unsafe items. The account encouraged people to use the site “if a product you own explodes unexpectedly, lights something on fire, breaks dangerously, or does something dangerous, really.”

Maybe the birds mentioning slow cookers are meant to remind people of the (spoiler!) slow cooker death in 2018 on the television show This Is Us? Because if a product should have been reported on a dangerous goods website, that was it.

Either way, people seemed to approve of a government agency getting out of trouble and flying free like a bird.

“That was weird…and I approve of it 100%,” one person wrote.

Another said, “This is by far the most efficient and effective use of my tax dollars. Thank you to all of you.