Arkansas's New Year's rain of 5,000 dead birds followed by a smattering of dead fish and even more birds in Louisiana sparked some dramatic reactions. Suggested explanations on Twitter have ranged from pollution to the apocalypse.
The New York Times' Brian Stelter wonders if film studios have taken movie promotions to a new level.
Regarding the bird die-offs: have we ruled out "viral promotion for an apocalyptic movie" yet?
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour President Larry Hubich predicts a more realistic cause of the animals' deaths.
Do ya think there's a chance this is environmental i.e. pollution? Birds fall from sky again, this time in Louisiana http://goo.gl/Q8w2r
TV host Howie Mandel knows exactly what brought the dead birds down.
Why dead birds fell from sky: confirmed: dead birds can't fly
Patrick Gavin concedes that things could be worse.
On the plus side, falling birds are probably better than falling frogs http://youtu.be/6sWJuQD0cL8
Daniel Hicks wants some answers.
Atlantic Editor Scott Stossel thinks aliens might be to blame.
More birds dropping from the sky? Isn't this how the aliens usually give advance warning of an attack? http://bit.ly/hLTLdi
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