Title text: You can apply special translucent films to your windows to help keep birds/Superman from accidentally flying into them.
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This comic is a logical comparison of observations to resolve the classic comic book trope of: "Look, up in the sky... It's a bird!... It's a plane!... It's Superman!" Taking the random citizens' declarations at face value -- a quite exaggerated position -- this comic aims to help such clueless folks identify the airborne object.
The observations compared range from the mundane to the bizarre.
- Some birds are capable of carrying a small human, but this happens extremely rarely (although hoax stories are often reported). Most planes are created specifically designed to carry human passengers, although many are cargo planes with humans only acting as crew, and autonomous drones without humans also exist. Superman, a comic book character created in 1933, is an alien with superpowers, including the power of unaided flight. He often carries other people with him, such as girlfriends or rescued victims of various villains.
- Birds evolved from dinosaurs, appearing as early as the Late Jurassic period, roughly 150 million years ago. The first successful flight of a powered heavier-than-air craft took place on December 17, 1903. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1, published on April 18, 1938.
- Birds kill several billion birds a year, often - but not always - eating them. There are no records of a bird successfully catching and eating either a plane or Superman.
- Mid-air sex involving planes is usually involving passengers (and potentially air crew), not the plane itself. However, this may be referring to in-flight refueling, or this incident where one plane landed atop another in mid-air: http://avstop.com/news/plantcity.html
- Some planes may be able to intentionally purge their septic tanks mid-flight, depending on the design of the waste interlocks, especially assuming the controls are inside the cockpit or cabin. As the TV show MythBusters has shown, a leaky septic disposal system can unintentionally lose liquid waste and cause a "blue ice" sighting on the ground.
- Many bird species prey on insects and similar-sized animals. Planes often fly into and kill insects (as well as birds), but this is unintentional and doesn't provide them with nutritional value. Superman is not known for eating insects, but Randall implies that he does sometimes, but only when he's bored.
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|Often flies in groups||✓||✓|
|Created in 20th century||✓||✓|
|Uses magnetic navigation||✓||✓|
|Enthusiast community obsesses over small coloration details||✓||✓||✓|
|Preyed on by cats||✓|
|Occasional mid-air sex||✓||✓||✓|
|Eaten during seasonal feasts||✓|
|Propelled by flapping||✓|
|Sometimes loses ability to fly, needs to sunbathe to regain it||✓||✓|
|Can take a punch||✓||✓|
|Mating behaviour often observed by a hidden David Attenborough||✓||Not that we know of|
|Capable of intentionally releasing poop mid-flight||✓||✓|
|Chases and eats bugs||✓||Only when bored|
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