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Video goodness: African gray parrot follows up a sneeze with a surprising rejoinder

July 28, 2010 | 10:35 pm

When we sneeze, and someone says "bless you," we now have a new rejoinder: "Meow."

Hey, not everything needs to make sense, you know? If there's one thing we've learned from our animal friends, it's that sometimes you need to do things just for the sheer enjoyment of them. Like meowing, even though you're a parrot and not a cat.

Besides, saying a simple "thank you" in response to "bless you" is so old-fashioned.

We laughed audibly when we first saw this video, and we felt it needed to be shared. If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with a seemingly random animal noise, right? Right.

In a world full of uniformity, we salute this noncomformist bird who refuses to allow himself to be -- erm -- pigeonholed.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: curtainsthecut via YouTube

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