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Bicyclists: Beware of killer magpies! 
3rd-Sep-2010 09:42 am
Victor bicycle ad - purple background
Apparently magpies are a big problem for Australian bicyclists, due to their habit of attacking cyclists as they ride by. People have died as the result of Australian magpie attacks. Various homebrewed solutions to repel the birds have been created, but as this video shows, magpies are persistent:

3rd-Sep-2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
North American crows do this too, though I've yet to hear of them actually causing or contributing to an injury.

Facilities puts up "Caution: Dive-Bombing Crows" signs around my campus during fledgling season. The crows can get quite aggressive.
3rd-Sep-2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I kept expecting them to try a muted surface, not something shiny. Perhaps a furry or hairy helmet. I bet that would work!
3rd-Sep-2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I bet a signal whip coiled handily @ the belt might be of use in getting the birds toi fuck directly off.
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