I'm as big a fan of biotech against disease as the next guy, but I get this nervous twitch in my eye when they talk about using genetically modified chickens to fight the bird flu . ANTI MONKEY BUTT POWDER ! We're going to be using Roombas to find snipers now? Well, not exactly. Due to bird flu, the Croatian government has quarantined the late Marshal Tito's parrot . Sometimes life just presents us with this great condensed symbols we don't need to improve. We have beautiful desert wildflowers in California; they're surprising to see in what people think is a wasteland. Feral Flowers is a wonderful site about the weird habits of these plants and their periodic appearance and disappearance.