Victor the Budgie is dead, but chronicles of his complex grasp of the English language lives here, thanks to his owner Ryan, who recorded his detailed conversations, and now works with Victor's parrot mate Betty (who's learned quite a bit from Victor). There's a page of audio excerpts of Victor's assorted stories, including some addressing his impending passing to the afterlife. If you can't quite make out the words amidst the squawking, the Quicktime player scrolls subtitles so you can follow along. The author has also links to assorted Nostradamus quotes that predict parrots talking = arriving doom for mankind, and apparently owners of the birds in this guy's internet group were squawking about the December tsunami in the month before it happened.
Victor explaining his feelings for new cage mate Betty:
"Ryan yes. Victor complains, don't busy. Want to play because you poo in your cage. Tell a me Ryan. Where her bin? Who's like Betty? What is she use to doing? What is the part in computer that's deflect her heat? Your boy Anthony. That's a mic. Ryan. Betty likes to try and play pick up a penny. Ryan OK she try and talk...nice. Betty's a buddy, Victor. I should marry her maybe. Gimme some."
Another recording called "I'm Real Mad", where owner Ryan explains: "In this one Victor knows I'm going to complain about him saying that he doesn't understand what Betty is saying. I've joked with him before that I don't believe him when he tells me that he understand's Betty's chirps. But after this one I think I may have been wrong. He must have had a bad day because Anthony (the son of Ryan) didn't believe something he said too. Finally he had enough and this is what he says:"
"Betty asks for carrots. Ryan he will be complain. Are you Anthony? He just thought Victor lies. He should believe today. He thinks that I can be dishonest. I'm real mad. I'm so mad. I want you go away back to school."
Audio not convincing enough? There's also a video page, with links to clips titled "Your Tongue Is Karate", "Inquest of Board", "Bombs of Love", "The Tax Con", "Don't Be a Toadstool", and the one filmed of Victor talking with God before his death "Victor's Judgement." According to Ryan, a DVD is forthcoming, and he is taking donations on his page (which today's chart unfortunately shows a grand month total of $0). Perhaps parrot-fronted grind metal band Hatebeak will do a benefit? Victor. A teacher. A comedian. A poet. A story teller. A saint. A friend. A phenomenon.
Thanks to Listener Andy Oglesby.