Dirty Jobs

Season 2 Episode 13

Avian Vomitologist

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 10, 2006 on Discovery Channel
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Episode Summary

Mike first travels to Colorado to help out at a marble quarry. He then goes to California to collect owl vomit which is sold to school children for research projects. Finally, Mike travels to Texas to palpate cows, a process used to figure out if a cow is pregnant. He also gets a little too familiar with a bull.moreless

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  • One of the most interesting episode titles I've come across from this great series. 'Avian Vomitologist' is a good show, although I was slightly disappointed when I found out that they'd only find owl pellets in reference to the episode title.moreless

    The first section - about the Colorado rock quarry - was great. Moving those huge slabs of marble takes skill. I was really impressed to see the rope saw they hooked up cut the marble. And Mike climbing up those steps at the end was classic.

    I was a little disappointed at the next section. Expecting a truly disgusting job ('Avian Vomitologist'), I was let down to see that all they did was collect owl pellets. I've done that on my own and wasn't really that impressed. The process was interesting, but the payoff wasn't.

    The last section about checking for pregnant cows was great though. A good episode ender. Really gross, but I did learn a great deal about checking for pregnancy in bovines. I've seen the anal thing, as well as the artificial insemination, but this was interesting. As well as the 'electrojac' machine for bull #99. A necessity, but funny nonetheless. Manual stimulation of the bull prostate through electicity is an interesting process.

    Overall, a completely entertaining episode, but not their best. Keep them rolling.moreless

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Mike: I saw that owl pellets are a lot like candy or cereal, there's a surprise in every package.

    • Mike: Normally when I notice my arm is coated with feces and blood, I take a pause. But when I'm palpating cows, well, that's just a natural part of the process.

    • (referring to the Electrojac cattle stimulator)
      Steve (cattle manager): That's big daddy.
      Mike: What the hell? It looks like a spaceship.
      Steve: Yeah, that's what it's gonna feel like for that bull.
      Mike: Oh dear, it's like a tackle box from Amsterdam.

    • (referring to the Electrojac cattle stimulator)
      Steve (cattle manager): These can be manual stimulation or you can set it on automatic stimulation.
      Mike: Well what does uh, number 99 here prefer?
      Steve: Were probably gonna give him a little manual.
      Mike: Were gonna give him a little manual.
      Steve: Oh yes.

    • (referring to the Electrojac cattle stimulator)
      Steve (cattle manager): We can turn it over to manual and then we just move this dial back and forth.
      Mike: Oh. When you say manually, you mean from there?
      Steve: From here, yes. Thank god huh?
      Mike: There was a serious miscommunication between us there Steve.

    • Mike: We got the sperm but not the erection?
      Steve (cattle manager): We got the sperm but not the erection.

    • Mike: It's almost like the cow doesn't like my arm inside her rectum.

    • Mike: (after having an owl fly at him) No, it won't hurt me, but who's going to clean up my underpants?

    • Mike: So when I see beautiful sculptures of marble, it's really dead fish.

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