Monday, July 23, 2012
Of seagulls, poop and protests
The Feral Irishman (WARNING: site not always safe for work) today put up a fun video about some teenage pranksters feeding laxatives to a flock of seagulls at the beach. The resulting rain of detritus had people scurrying for cover.
It made me smile, but it also reminded me of an incident that reportedly happened in Britain during the so-called 'Winter of Discontent' of industrial unrest during 1978-79. The truck drivers strike (part of the unrest) shut down many factories, forcing their employees to be idled whether they wanted to work or not, because the factories couldn't get raw materials in or ship their finished products out.
I was told that at one factory, producing bars of chocolate for Nestlé, the disgruntled workers took matters into their own hands. They allegedly organized a 'solidarity demonstration of support' for the drivers who were picketing the entrance to the factory, preventing trucks from entering or leaving. As part of the 'demonstration', they presented the pickets with extra-large bars of Nestlé chocolate, free of charge. Needless to say, the delighted drivers ate most of the bars at once.
Unfortunately for the drivers, the workers had laced those particular bars with concentrated phenolphthalein - an extremely strong laxative . . . Apparently the pickets were squatting and groaning for days! The factory henceforth got deliveries and made shipments on schedule, with no further trouble at all.