entering Wonderland again
|Nothing's worse than having pesky serpents stealing things from your nest. Describe a creative way to prevent such pests from invading your private property. (<500 words)
From the files of Philomenia Pigeon, first cousin once removed to Wile E. Coyote of Roadrunner fame:
Problem: Serpents invading nests.
Solution #1: “Keep Out” signs posted on all access points.
Result: Ineffective. Serpents refuse to read any word that doesn't begin with the letter S.
Solution #2: Fence. Barbed wire. Land mines.
Result: Ineffective: Serpents reached nest without coming in contact with any of the traps due to their skinny size. In a related but unfortunate incident, Mother-in law's funeral will be on the following Saturday at 4 pm, precisely. She shouldn't have landed there.
Solution #3: Reinforce nest with iron and cement. Resulting bunker should be impervious to serpents.
Result: Inconclusive. Serpents unable to enter. Family also unable to enter. Or exit. Finally resorted to a jackhammer to rescue eggs.
Solution #4: Sonic barrage. Speakers placed on ground around nest playing a constant repeat of Wagner's ring cycle.
Result: Successful with caveats. Serpents unable to successfully navigate area and withdrew. However, family unable to live with the noise. Experiment aborted. Serpents returned.
Solution #5: Relocation to Ireland. Famous for lack of serpents.
Result: Guess who we found slithering out of our luggage . . .
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