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August 27, 2010 7:07 AM   Subscribe

Unwise: Hungover Owls. (SLTumblr)
posted by CheeseLouise (61 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
I don't think this is an owl.

I think the blog title was enough for the joke. The tag lines get tiresom quick. But there was owls, so it was a win. Not enough owls though.

The problem with projects like this is they look awesome on paper, but after a month you're thinking, "Fuck, I have to come up with another owl picture to put up." Then you don't and it becomes that project you mean to get back to someday when you have more time.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:14 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


I love owls. Seriously. They just have the most ridiculous bird faces in the entire world, and I adore them.

Have you seen Transformer owl? One owl. Three versions.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:15 AM on August 27, 2010 [22 favorites]


Much like Engrish.com in the old days, the captions make it for me. Hilarious.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:16 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


Too much hoo-tch?
posted by chavenet at 7:16 AM on August 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


I love owls, owls are deeply and profoundly awesome, but this is just another "other people's funny pictures with no link or attribution" blog.

Also what cjorgensen said.
posted by Gator at 7:17 AM on August 27, 2010


“Look, I’m sorry for blowing up earlier. It’s just…I can feel tequila…in my face.”
posted by nosila at 7:18 AM on August 27, 2010 [5 favorites]


I've been waiting for an excuse to drag this link out onto MeFi: Owls Being Cute. I think #17 is the same owl/not-owl cjorgensen links to.
posted by griphus at 7:22 AM on August 27, 2010 [4 favorites]


I don't think this is an owl.

Billy the eagle owl says you wouldn't look much like an owl either if you had to spend all of Sunday morning under the shower to wash away the pain and shame of six vodka-Guinness depth charges at Bob the Kestrel's stag.
posted by permafrost at 7:26 AM on August 27, 2010 [4 favorites]


They're not drunk; just tired after counting how many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:30 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


Faint of Butt: "I love owls. Seriously. They just have the most ridiculous bird faces in the entire world, and I adore them."

Until you see one in attack mode.

Aaaaaauuuuugh! Talons!
posted by bwg at 7:34 AM on August 27, 2010 [19 favorites]


LOL: "You uh…you need me to move my car?"
posted by swift at 7:37 AM on August 27, 2010


Adorable! Not so much if you're a mouse. But I'm not, so AWWWWWWW!
posted by jontyjago at 7:41 AM on August 27, 2010


bwg: that was freaking amazing
posted by exhilaration at 7:42 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


The owls are not what they seem.
posted by Babblesort at 7:46 AM on August 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


They're not drunk; just tired after counting how many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

Like it's really that tough to count to three.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:50 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


Was anyone else a little disappointed that it wasn't actual hung-over owls? Like video of one that got a hold of some fermented fruit and was staggering around with one wing sort of half flapping as it looked around balefully with giant bloodshot eyes?

I'd love to see that in real life, because not only would it be hilarious, it would increase my odds on getting close enough to hug one.
posted by quin at 7:53 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


These are just some striaght up awesome pictures of owls. This one I have named Secret Agent Owl. This one's name is Angry Pants Owl. I think we would get along pretty well. This one is named Shit Did I Just Get Mouse Guts All Over Myself Owl. In conclusion I would be friends with all these owls.
posted by edbles at 8:00 AM on August 27, 2010 [8 favorites]


I have been the third owl from the left on this couch. It sucks.
posted by The Bellman at 8:01 AM on August 27, 2010


I feel like that storybook owl with the squirrels every single day. I'm not hungover, just really tired.
posted by sonika at 8:05 AM on August 27, 2010


Here's some owls.
posted by HuronBob at 8:05 AM on August 27, 2010


Hungover Owls! Probably coming soon to a bookstore near you!
posted by kcds at 8:12 AM on August 27, 2010


There's a little Saw-Whet owl that hand out in my yard at night. He like to leave decapitated mouse corpses below my air conditioner. He'd fit right in with these guys.
posted by Tenuki at 8:15 AM on August 27, 2010


Why don't I hate this? I love this. I am so conflicted.
posted by Splunge at 8:26 AM on August 27, 2010


This one's name is Angry Pants Owl.

Owls do not wear pants. They do not want to wear pants. Please do not try and lure owls into a pants-wearing lifestyle.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:27 AM on August 27, 2010 [4 favorites]


Yo guys, I heard if you eat an owl pellet from a hungover owl you get sooooo fucked up!

Who's gonna try first?!
posted by defenestration at 8:27 AM on August 27, 2010


Among my favorite owls is the burrowing owl, in part because they look like they are not wearing pants, and in part because of the Dead Milkmen song.
posted by rtha at 8:28 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's like someone had a list of "funny" captions and then randomly assigned them to cool photos of owls without even looking to see if the captions made sense with the photos. This is either very poorly executed or I'm really missing something.

All of the other owl links are great though. Keep them coming!
posted by MsVader at 8:30 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Let's take some pictures and make fun of nocturnal birds who can't help squinting in the broad daylight! ...On the other hand, a few of these are funny.
posted by aught at 8:38 AM on August 27, 2010


MsVader - I agree completely. The main link is weak, but the links in this thread are great. Thanks all.
posted by jeff-o-matic at 8:40 AM on August 27, 2010


Here's some owls.

When I was in the movie theater seeing this preview my friends we're all, "More fucking CGI?" and I was all "OWLS On an Adventure?!"
posted by edbles at 8:42 AM on August 27, 2010


It's been a long time since I laughed that hard. Great post.
posted by uraniumwilly at 8:47 AM on August 27, 2010


I have named this owl X WING fighter jet owl. This owl is AHHH Occupied! Occupied! Owl.This one is Hey How You Doin’ Owl.
posted by edbles at 8:47 AM on August 27, 2010


favorite
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 8:50 AM on August 27, 2010


Was anyone else a little disappointed that it wasn't actual hung-over owls?
I will admit to this, yes. I was expecting owl faceplants, owls holding dead mice to their foreheads to sooth their throbbing owl heads, owls worshipping at their owl toilets, etc.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:53 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


One night I happened to glance up at my neighbor's roof. There I saw a silhouette, and my mind said "cat". I took a couple steps and stopped.

Cat? There is no cat on that roof, dumb ass. I looked again. It was amazing how my perception was trying to insist it was a cat. Ears were right, size was right, and it was cat-like to be hanging out up there...except wait, cat's don't climb antennas. It was a huge owl of unknown type.

I ran in to get the camera, doubting I could get a meaningful shot at night, anyway. Maybe I had to stop to change lenses, I don't know. But when I returned, the owl was gone. But ever after, I kept an eye out on that roof, and sure enough, I did see the owl again.

How often do you get to see owls in the wild? I count 3 times, in 53 years. One of those times was at night, and I jumped out of my skin. Another time was mysterious and glorious, it was a Great Snow Owl, truly gigantic, in broad daylight, in winter. (I have no idea why it was where it was). This third time, in South Africa.
posted by Goofyy at 8:53 AM on August 27, 2010 [4 favorites]


OK, that was the funniest thing I've seen in a while.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:13 AM on August 27, 2010


About 10 years ago three young Barn Owls spent a few weeks sleeping in my trees after they had fledged. I almost forgot I captured them on video. I need to find that tape again so I can make a better transfer.
posted by Tenuki at 9:14 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


Owls are way beyond awesome, and the captions put a nice spin on some of those pics even if the poor nocturnal creatures were just naturally squinting at the daylight.

I had an experience like Goofyy's, only the owl in question was a huge great horned one, it was winter, and I was checking the temperature (5 degrees Fahrenheit) on the back deck at something like 4:30 a.m. I flicked on the floodlights so I could see the thermometer, and there it was... six feet away, with those eyes. I felt like I should tell somebody right away or at least jump up and down yelling, but by the time I'd processed what I was seeing, it put out its huge wings and simply lifted itself into the frigid air, leaving only footprints on the snowy railing.

Now the only time I see them is in rehabs. So beautiful, so deadly, so prone to accidents.
posted by kinnakeet at 9:29 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've raised a few owls. My sister, the biology teacher, was the go-to person for anyone that found what they thought was an "abandoned baby animal" (and, they were usually wrong, but the damage was done when they removed it from where-ever it was).

We raised a great horned owl from about four inches tall, it lived in a box in the living room and, as it got bigger, it would hop up to the edge of the box and watch tv for hours. We also raised a saw-whet owl, that was the cutest bird ever!

I've spent hours taking owl pellets apart trying to reassemble whatever mouse it ate last!
posted by HuronBob at 9:30 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


What Gator said. Also I'm pretty sure one of those pics is a frogmouth, not an owl. Still cute though.

What is it about Tumblr that seems to have taken the concept of unattributed photos to a whole new level?
posted by statolith at 9:41 AM on August 27, 2010


Now the only time I see them is in rehabs. So beautiful, so deadly, so prone to accidents.

Wow, what does this mean?
posted by angrycat at 9:42 AM on August 27, 2010


> I've spent hours taking owl pellets apart trying to reassemble whatever mouse it ate last!

The last time I did that, it became obvious very quickly that the owl's last meal had been a skunk. Whew!

Owls I Have Seen in the Wild, and Boy Was it Great:

Burrowing owls
Barn owls
Great Horned owls
Snowy owls
Spotted owls (well, one, but it was sitting on a branch 10 feet off a trail and it stayed there all day so I feel like I got to see a whole lot of spotted owl!)
Great Gray owl - only a glimpse, in Yosemite, but utterly magical
posted by rtha at 9:47 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Owls are assholes
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:47 AM on August 27, 2010


Oh! I forgot Short-eared owl! Sorry, shorty!
posted by rtha at 9:48 AM on August 27, 2010


angrycat: "Now the only time I see them is in rehabs. So beautiful, so deadly, so prone to accidents.

Wow, what does this mean?"


Owls tend to crash into glass panes so hard that they sometimes leave imprints with the dust from their wings and bodies...
posted by PontifexPrimus at 10:35 AM on August 27, 2010


I fucking love the internet. In a related (kinda self-linky) note, barn owls giggle when they're happy.

I nearly died of the cute.
posted by Space Kitty at 10:48 AM on August 27, 2010


Should be called Sleepy Owls.
posted by davidmsc at 11:01 AM on August 27, 2010


quick but boring story for you...

I'm a country lad. My wife's was brought up in a town. For months, her father would try and get me to go out and watch the foxes that lived under their shed, and could never understand why I politely declined.

The first time they came to our new house one of the fence posts turned round, and stared at them, taking to the air when they were about 30 feet away - a beautiful barn owl enjoying the very last of the pre-twilight sun.

The deer standing on our driveway was just rubbing salt into the wound.
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 11:26 AM on August 27, 2010


Really, once you have the basic concept, it's pretty much a matter of rote--holy shit, it's DAVID BOWIE
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:39 PM on August 27, 2010


"Among my favorite owls is ... "

Was wondering (hoping) that RTHA wouldn't take too long to get in on this.

And, I got about five owls in, and the phrase "Oh yeah, my freshman year at a state-funded liberal arts college ... " swum up into my partial consciousness.
posted by Relay at 12:51 PM on August 27, 2010


David Bowie Owl makes me a little sad. I saw a screech owl that looked like that because a semi had smacked the shit out of him and given him dame bramage.
posted by edbles at 12:54 PM on August 27, 2010


I'm not feeling anything...
posted by homunculus at 1:06 PM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


1) Years ago I was out for an early morning bike ride, maybe around 6am; it was just before dawn - light enough to see, but just barely. I was on a bit of road through an undeveloped area. It was very quiet and peaceful as I pedaled along. Then out of nowhere this huge (it seemed at the moment) shape came whipping across the road about 10 or 15 feet in front of me at eye-level. I just had time to register it was an owl before it disappeared in the trees and underbrush on the other side of the road. It was a substantial size - afterward I guesstimated a 5-foot wingspan - but not once did I hear the slightest whisper of sound during its passing. It was like a large dark ghost had gone by. I spent the next few minutes (after my heart stopped hammering) thinking, "Cool!"

2) For a while I lived way out in the country, up in the Appalachian mountains of western NC. I was out on my front porch one night after dark, just enjoying the warm spring evening, when I heard a Screech Owl off in the woods somewhere. I'd learned to imitate the warbling whistle, so I returned the call. It answered back. I called again. It answered again, sounding closer this time. This went on for a minute or two, the owl slowly getting closer and closer. Finally it sounded like it was in one of the trees right on the edge of the clearing where my house was. I called again; it must have figured out my scam because I heard a short affronted squawk, then nothing. I went back inside, chuckling quietly even though I was sorry I'd dashed the poor thing's no-doubt amorous hopes for an owl-y liaison.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:11 PM on August 27, 2010


love. every. drunk owl.
best of the web indeed.
posted by liza at 6:31 PM on August 27, 2010


Greg_Ace, I was expecting to hear a tale about you and a neighbor mutually recounting amazing "I-called-to-an-owl-and-it-replied!" stories.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 6:34 PM on August 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


Great horned owl. I have hugged one!

When I was a kid I lived in a house on a hill that went down to a bog, had a bunch of willow trees. Our back porch looked out over the bog and I noticed one spring that there was a giant nest in one of the trees. I kept looking with binocs to see if there were birds there. I had a field guide and decided what I was seeing was an owl. I told my dad. He said it was just an abandoned crows nest. I insisted I was seeing an owl. So one day we went out in the back yard, him telling me he would show me I was full of it. He cupped his hands and clapped. Out of that nest unfolded the biggest bird I had ever seen, at least a five foot wing span. I was right!! So we began a daily vigil on the nest. Every day I would come home from school and check out the nest. We decided that there must be eggs, we finally saw two downy heads. It was wonderful. Then came the wind storm. I got home from school and the trees were waving. My 9 year old heart was beside myself with concern. What would happen to my owls? Sure enough a gust came up and we watched as one of the white blobs tumbled from the nest into the bog below. I freaked out and my dad grabbed a towel and ran down to scoop the babe from the water. It was downy, lovely, a baby for sure, and the size of a basket ball. It complained at first, screeching in our living room, but after a while just watched us with giant yellow eyes.

Luckily for this owlet the county animal control had a bird specialist who came and raised it in a minimal contact environment. It grew up and was released, tagged and tracked, and lived to raise owlets too. This is a cherished memory for me.

Owls rule.
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 8:46 PM on August 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


these owls look just like I felt this morning
I love this
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 8:54 PM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Owls do not wear pants. They do not want to wear pants. Please do not try and lure owls into a pants-wearing lifestyle.

Pants? Owls LOVE pants, especially barn owls.

owlpants admiration hour
young owlpantaloons
total proof of the existence of owlpants

also, phineas q. screechbeak's amazing prosthetic rat-butt Victorian moustache

stills from the Starr Ranch owl family

I have had the privilege to find many burrowing owls in the wild. They are my favourite creature of all. They don't get drunk often, but you can be certain that they are fierce and vigilant, and they are curious and clever, and that they like to hang out eating big bugs and preening each other. They call all their children Chuck, just for convenience.

Once, I was standing on a snowy dirt road in the middle of the frozen north, and I saw an eclipse and a great horned owl at the same time. AWESOME.
posted by Sallyfur at 9:10 PM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


Warning. Box may contain owl

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posted by Bluecoat93 at 10:01 PM on August 27, 2010 [5 favorites]


This is great.
posted by OwlBoy at 6:32 AM on August 28, 2010


Emperor SnooKloze: Greg_Ace, I was expecting to hear a tale about you and a neighbor mutually recounting amazing "I-called-to-an-owl-and-it-replied!" stories.

Ah. Well, I didn't have any neighbors...that I knew of....
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:27 AM on August 28, 2010


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