Amateur Hour : HOAX!

Last Tuesday was the library’s second Amateur Hour, which featured media prankster, Alan Abel. While Will helped Abel and Joshua Foer (co-curator of the series) set-up for the event, I was charged with taking tickets. At the height of ticketed patrons checking in, an elderly man dropped a flier next to me, mumbling, “I don’t care about the birds.” I was a bit confused, but went back to collecting tickets and chatting with library members. Shortly before the event began, I had a chance to read the flier:

Bird Watchers are Voyeurs!

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, 48 million people watch birds. A private research group, the Good Conduct Society, has discovered Bird Watchers are more sexually active than others.
The elderly find that Bird Watching is not strenuous. And this erotic experience can be enjoyed privately through binoculars.
‘Most disturbing,’ said the Society’s director Anaida Krok, ‘are the groups of Bird Watchers seeking vicarious sexual gratification in the woods. Shamelessly, they blatantly observe God’s defenseless creatures mating.’
LEAVE THE BIRDS ALONE!

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Abel explained that he and his wife pass out these fliers in Washington, D.C. from time to time. It’s an extension of his social commentary from the 1960s when he started the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals – an organization to clothe animals.

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Amateur Hour

Amateur Hour is the Institute Library’s lecture/discussion series that will be monthly starting this autumn.  Curators Jack Hitt & Joshua Foer kicked off the series with a  summer preview on June 13th.

Josh and Jack discussed Jack’s new book, Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, which chronicles his travels among the garages, dorm rooms, and kitchens of this generation’s self-motivated thinkers, and a peek inside the current doings of the American amateur.

The sold-out event was a HUGE success with many thanks to all involved, especially Jack Hitt & Josh Foer.