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Since it was a bird strike that brought down US Airways Flight 1549, I wanted to talk briefly about snarge. When a bird and an airplane collide, the plane often wins (although sometimes they both lose), and the bird goo left behind on the aircraft is called snarge.

Snarge. What a perfect word. What a wonderful, rolls-off-your-tongue, conveys-its-meaning-through-sound-alone word. Snarge. It just sounds like bird goo, doesn’t it?

At the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, a team of scientists receives about 4,000 snarge samples each year. They work to identify the, uh, goo, which lets them know the types of birds most prone to ending life in liquid form inside a jet engine. This helps aviation safety engineers to know what measures to take to prevent damage to the planes and injury or loss of life to both birds and humans.

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  1. Tom D.

    Hmmm, anyone want a snarge pot pie?

  2. Kiani

    Oh yea, we see that at UPS sometimes. Once we even saw snarge on the nose of the aircraft. UPS is very proud of the fact they have never had a downed plane.

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