Kinda makes me think we've got too few problems and too much money to be worried about sea gull crap. Did some politician get his boat crapped on more than once?
Who knows what sparks ideas like this.* Probably lawyers painting a nighmare scenario*of*people slipping on seagull crap and suing the [crap] out of a marina or the Port of Seattle or whatever.**You can imagine the headline...**"Seagull dropping causes Port crane operator fatality."*
I guess one way to look at it*is that no matter how kooky an idea like this*seems it provides employment to a bunch of people.
Here's another one that I just read about that could be beneficial up in your area maybe.* Anyone who's been reading the Seattle papers or watching the local news is probably aware of the increase in black bear encounters in many of the neighborhoods surrounding the city.* So far nobody's been hurt but King County Animal Control has gotten a grant (probably some of Obama's economic stimulus money) to conduct preliminary tests in conjunction with Bose of an audible warning device.* As I understand it, this system is an adaptation of the Bose iPod SoundDock but without the iPod.* Its curved*case has been modified to match the countour of a bear's neck in such a way as to not hinder the animal's movement at all.
A*sensor of some*sort is mounted on the collar holding the*SoundDock and it can detect*the presence of a house from some distance.** I think they said 100 yards but I don't remember.* Nor do*I know what the sensor is tuned into that distinguishes a house from something like a car.
In any event, if the bear wanders within the sensor's range of*the house, the SoundDock, which has a battery recharged by a*small solar wafer, turns on and begins to play "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits at maximum volume.* According to the blurb in the paper, this does two things.* It alerts anyone in the area that there's a bear present, and it scares the hell out of the bear which begins to run away from the sound.* Since the sound is coming from
the bear, it will continue to run until it moves beyond sensor range of the house*at which point*the SoundDock shuts off.
According to the article the prototype BearDock, as it's called, had been tested very successfully on a young male black bear that was trucked into a neighborhood*near Bose's headquarters in*Framingham, Mass and released.**A section of the neighborhood had been fenced off to prevent the bear from escaping the control area.
A larger test involving a number of wild black bears in the foothills of King County is planned for next*spring, which is when the bears are most likely to enter neighborhoods in search of food before the ripening of berries and other plants draws them back into the woods.
Who knows what will happen with this idea, but if you're mucking about in your yard and you suddenly hear "Money for Nothing" crank up, head for your front door.