Yes, the birds are real, although a parody movement claims that they are not. Now a government agency, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, is leaping 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 Times, his story claimed that the birds are drones created by the government to spy on his citizens, although McIndoe says he’s done with the joke. “It is a way of laughing at insanity instead of letting yourself be overcome by it,” he told the newspaper.
Not everyone has heard of the claim “Birds aren’t real,” but apparently someone from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has, because on Wednesday, that organization’s account tweeted: “The birds are real.”
The tweet was a huge hit with readers – more than 35,000 people have liked it at the time of writing.
The commission then offered a series of images of two birds having a long conversation, oddly enough, about a potluck. It seems like one bird wants to be the host, but doesn’t feel like it can top the other bird’s awesome potlucks. In the end, the birds decide to come together and organize a joint event. Again, this actually happened on the Twitter account of a US government agency.
Turns out the thread was meant to promote something, not shared meals or actual birds, 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 unexpectedly explodes, sets something on fire, breaks dangerously or does something really dangerous.”
Maybe the birds mentioning slow cookers are meant to remind people of the (spoiler!) Death of the slow cooker in 2018 on the TV show This Is Us? Because if any product should have been reported on a dangerous goods website, that was it.
Regardless, people seemed to approve of a government agency getting out of the boring and flying free like a bird.
“This was weird … and I approve of it 100%,” wrote one person.
Another said, “This is by far the most efficient and effective use of my tax dollars. Thank you all.”