We get so much stuff in the mail here at work - ranging from tasty Edible Arrangements to hand-written dissertations about diabetes to piles and piles of diabetes-related media publications. (Sometimes there are sussies, which are the very best bits of mail.)
We've also received Omaha Steaks, which I had never heard of before my last job. "No gifts" policy? Pffft. Food has no boundaries, it seems. And along with these steaks, there was a package of conversation starters (this one was Set 3) with little chatty prompts written on it. Relatively general stuff, like "Where is the most beautiful place you have every been?" (My answer: St. John) and "If you were in total solitude for one year, how you would spend your time?" (My answer: alone)
But among these somewhat generic questions was one I didn't see coming. One that gave me a pause and then made me burst out laughing. This treasure of a query was buried last in the bunch:
"What would be different about the world if there were no birds?"
Oh, I couldn't stop giggling for some reason. No birds? The silliest answers kept leaping to mind. My car would have no bird crap on it. Carrier voles would replace carrier pigeons. Sesame Street would have been graced with a big, yellow aardvark. Hitchcock would have been taunted by sea lions? This question made my imagination run rampant, and sent me into a fit of giggles every time I pictured a bunch of bears sitting on telephone wires, teetering awkwardly and growling at passerbys.
So to you, my dear Faithful Readers, I pose this question. What would be different about the world if there were no birds?