Everyone's talking about the thousands of fish and fowl that are turning up dead in two small towns in Arkansas.
Like a scene out of Hitchcock's classic movie 'The Birds,' 5,000 dead birds literally dropped out of the sky just before midnight on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas.
Was it a sign of Biblical proportions?
As news of the strange occurrences swept around the world, experts floated theories as to what they believe may have killed the birds:
"There were multiple thunderstorms that night and for several days that week," said Dr. George Badley, state veterinarian for the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. "Red-winged blackbirds fly in large groups and if they got pulled into a thunderstorm, likely lightning struck them. That would be my best guess." 1
Others say fireworks could be the culprit.
But Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Game and Fish Commission, told Reuters that he had yet to see any sign of injury on birds that were collected.
That's not all: there's the 100,000 dead fish that floated to the surface of the Arkansas River near a town called Ozark last week.
Certainly such a massive fish kill couldn't be the result of hail or fireworks. And even if it was -- as some experts call it, "a stress event," how weird is it that the birds and fish all died in the same geographical area?
This might be a good time to get right with God...
Teena Marie's autopsy was completed yesterday, but Los Angeles County Coroner Ed Winter says her cause of death remains unclear.
According to the Atlanta Journal, investigators say the 54-year-old R&B singer's autopsy results revealed no signs of trauma. This conflicts with rumors that Marie suffered several fractured ribs from a fall during a seizure she had weeks before she died.
Marie's daughter, Alia Rose, found her mother's body in their Pasadena home one day after they celebrated Rose's 19th birthday.
There were reports that Marie died in her sleep after suffering a grand mal seizure. But there are people who experience seizures every day and they don't die.
Also unclear is why Marie had seizures in the first place. Did she have epilepsy or were the seizures drug induced?
Winter said no illegal drugs were found in the family's home where Marie died on December 26. But police removed a bottle of Valium from the scene. Valium is often prescribed for people with anxiety, panic attacks and to control seizures.
Marie reportedly stopped taking the drug due to its serious side effects, which include drowsiness, fatigue and constipation.
Teena Marie's planned concert appearance on New Year's Day at the Fox Theater in Atlanta will instead be a tribute to honor her career. Scheduled performers include MAZE and Frankie Beverly, along with Johnny Gill and Stephanie Mills.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Fox Theater box office. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.