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Cops in Mexico City who pulled over a 49-year-old driver for drink-driving were left in no doubt of the poor chap's state when his pet parakeet sang like a canary. Guillermo "N" was stopped last week at a alcohol checkpoint, cops said, but before he could even get out of the car, a voice from inside trumpeted "Está borracho, …


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  1. AndrueC Silver badge

    My budgie could say 'Ploppy Bottom'. That might have landed me in even more trouble.

  2. tony2heads

    feathered friends

    what's that Captain Flint; who's a pirate?

  3. T. F. M. Reader Silver badge

    My parakeet has flown away

    If anyone politically correct ever finds it please note that I do not share its views at all.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Responsible for my friends divorce.

    "Oh John, oh john f@k me.. F@k me"

    My friends name was Paul

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      How does a parakeet pronounce @...

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      2. Swarthy Silver badge

        "How does a parakeet pronounce @..."

        I'm guessing it has a 'uc' sound coming from the parakeet.

  5. jake Silver badge

    Odd timing.

    Last night, after showering in my third story (second floor to you Brits) bathroom, I heard "hello" from outside the open window. Naturally, I jumped ... about a foot.

    I looked out the window, and spotted a parrot in the Oak tree that makes curtains unimportant ... It was early dusk, so I can't be certain, but I think it was an African Grey.

    I replied "hello, pretty bird" ... I like birds :-)

    It leaned over & gave my nakedness a birdy left eyeballing, exclaimed "oh shit!", and bailed.

    Quite surreal.

    1. Peter Simpson 1

      Re: Odd timing.

      ...I think it was an African Grey.

      You can tell by the lovely plumage.

      1. Nya

        Re: Odd timing.

        Kind of surprised Mr "N" didn't make it an ex- parakeet in the cell :P

    2. Eponymous Cowherd

      Re: Odd timing.

      I'm glad you liked my photo recon parrot.

      I'll be posting the pictures shortly.

    3. Scroticus Canis

      Re: Odd timing.

      Well at least it didn't fly away laughing at your naked state! Would you have posted if it did?

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Odd timing.

      Once upon a midnight dreary,

      As I showered weak and weary,

      On a third floor loft my deary,


      Quoth the parrot "Oh shit!"

    5. Felix Krull

      Re: Odd timing.

      You can't be too careful with African Greys. Could've been a ZOMBIE PARROT!

  6. Blofeld's Cat Silver badge


    When I was a kid the local pet shop had a parrot just inside the entrance. People would walk up to it and say things like "Pretty Polly". The bird would listen for a while and then cock its head to one side saying:

    "Bugger off! Birds can't talk."

  7. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

    One Parakeet Fajita coming up

    It might be best for that bird to disguise itself

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

      Uh ... skirt steak doesn't come from parakeets, Michael H.F. Wilkinson.

      1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

        Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

        If you can make Fajitas de Pollo you can make Fajitas de Periquito. Bit fiddly to get all the bones out, unless of course you like your Fajitas de Periquito to be crunchy.

        1. jake Silver badge

          Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

          Fajitas are made with beef skirt steak, by definition.

          Marketards to the contrary, that's just reality.

          But follow your bliss. I'm sure it works for you, consumer.

          1. Professor Clifton Shallot

            Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

            Top work! This sort of pedantism is certain to win the commentards round.

            1. Dave Watts

              Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up




              (IT syntax for the 'but is it IT brigade')

              1. Professor Clifton Shallot

                Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

                I stand by my "pedantism" pedantism.

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

            Try a more up to date definition


          3. Bloakey1

            Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

            "Fajitas are made with beef skirt steak, by definition."


            I prefer beef curtains.

          4. NumptyScrub

            Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

            quote: "Fajitas are made with beef skirt steak, by definition.

            Marketards to the contrary, that's just reality."

            A quick search for "define fajita" has 5 for 5 of the top results stating fajitas are made with marinated and grilled strips of meat, "especially beef and chicken".

            If the correct spelling of colour, neighbour and flavour round your way no longer use the "u", then I'm sure you can appreciate that language changes according to common usage? ;)

          5. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

            Beef skirt steak? Why does that sound like something that Lady Gaga would wear?

          6. Vincent Ballard

            Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

            Curiously, neither the DRAE nor the Diccionario breve de mexicanismos has a definition of fajita.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

          It's been done - remember Monty Python's crunchy frog chocolate?

    2. Captain DaFt

      Re: One Parakeet Fajita coming up

      Well, if he can round up 11 more, Parakeet pie!

      (The Gourmand's -AKA- Redneck rule: 'If it's alive, somebody has a recipe for it!')

  8. Troy Peterson

    My Uncle's parrot doesn't talk.... but he _Loves_ producing random sounds in the middle of the night to get everyone out of bed.... He does a very convincing doorbell, smoke alarm, and microwave oven beeper...

    I'm not sure what happened, but he doesn't have that bird anymore.....

    1. Billa Bong

      Maybe the last microwave beeper and smoke alarm were real...

      Too soon?

    2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      We used to have a car alarm songbird where I lived. Obviously one too many had gone off, so he'd learnt to imitate them. Suddenly the dawn chorus isn't quite so romantic, when one of them is beeping and wailing.

      1. Mephistro

        @ I ain't Spartacus

        Back then there was a parrot in my neighbourhood who specialized in making extremely loud wolf whistles. The way hot chicks would look up -probably expecting to see a scaffolding full of construction workers- was quite entertaining.

  9. Chris Hawkins

    That bird better watch it or he'll be an "ex-papagayo"!

    He'll get done by whichever Mexican gang or cartel now believes it owns the rights to the following famous mariachi song.....

    "...Está borracho, está borracho", in Spanish, sounds to me suspiciously close to "..La Cucaracha, la Cucaracha...."

    <exits>..rapidly through tunnel under the border to safer climes(?)....</exits>

  10. Arkasha


    How the heck did you get from "El Torito" and "slaughterhouse"to "bluebottle"? Slaughterhouse is "matadero" or, more specifically in Mexico "rastro". Bluebottle is "moscarda", "moscón", or the more literal "mosca azul" (or even "aciano" if you're talking about the flower.)

    Also, Mexico, being entirely in the Northern Hemisphere, is in North America and definitely not South America. It's southern most point is about 14° north of the equator. My wife gets very, very annoyed being called a South American.

    Sources: I lived in Mexico, learnt Spanish in Mexico, and have a Mexican wife.

    1. Andy Christ

      Re: Bluebottle?

      I think the author meant that the meaning ascribed to El Torito as "bluebottle" is common to South America rather than Mexico. Have no idea whether that is so.

    2. Bloakey1

      Re: Bluebottle?

      Perhaps there are lots of blue bottles due to the amount of rotten meat on display and for sale.

      Or perhaps it is a 'little bull' sheet <sic> or how you say, caca do torito ¿

    3. Vincent Ballard

      Re: Bluebottle?

      In the Southern Cone, torito appears to mean a rhinoceros beetle, but apart from the geographical separation it's not clear how that could be confused with a fly. In Mexico, according to both the DRAE and the Diccionario breve de mexicanismos, it means both a question which is hard to answer without appearing to be in favour of whatever the person asking it wants you to appear to be in favour of, or a certain alcoholic drink. The latter seems quite plausible as the name for a drunk tank.

      1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

        Re: Re: Bluebottle?

        Yes, the drink connection seems plausible. Good job.

  11. Semtex451

    Last laugh?

    "Owner has last laugh after dragging winged pal to jail too"

    Is the bird not accustomed to confinement?

    Its not safe in the showers?

    1. Semtex451

      Re: Last laugh?

      Me thinks the last laugh doth belong to the Byrd

  12. RobHib

    What to do with a meddlesome parrot?

    Methinks, that parrot will prematurely end up like a well known Norwegian Blue.

    Perhaps it's time to patent a non-removable bird muzzle car attachment.

  13. cortland

    Flipping bird?

    Yes, surely it's "budgerigar"?

  14. Baskitcaise


    Title says all.

    Apologies and credit to T.P.

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