The Barn Owl Conundrum is defined exactly as follows, and any alterations to the rules stated herein constitutes immediate disqualification and subsequent removal from all future contest participation and/or submissions:
How manyfullylive American Eastern Barn Owls can reasonably be fit into a mid-nineteenth century artisanal, northern Finnish, lower flatlands region, 16 x 8 inch (40 x 20 cm) standard hinged, well-fixtured breadbox using no more lubricant than half a container of slightly warmed, vigorously whipped Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Even Tone Body Cream, while accruing total feather losses no more thansixteenContours,sixDowns,twelve Semiplumes,fourteenBristles, and the unthinkably, unimaginably lowfour Filoplumes?
Now Rocket Johnson Junior
Seen here in a mugshot
and his best friend, The Good Doctor Rico Codwall, were rather determined to work out this particular intrigue themselves one lazy Summer afternoon late last August, right before the Perseids finally showed themselves in the dark marklekark northern skies of the New Mexican plateaus, hovering right above their pale little rust-colored two-story pressed-adobe bungalow named Glendon Salisbury that they'd recently acquired on deep discount from a highly motivated desert inn-keep named Feets McGooey
Last known photo of Feets
who'd finally broken free, moved out t0 Kentucky to fulfill his lifelong Farrier ambitions despite a debilitating hay-fever allergy and a general disdain for anything remotely quadrupedal, as evidenced by his long-standing MySpace®page, "Die Die All Ye Dining Room Tables Die Die Death To You All And The Same Fate Shall Apply To All Those Who Dare Manufacturer These Vile Four Legged Atrocities and God Bless America."
Westward view out Glendon Salisbury's front porch
Of course, Rocket Johnson Junior being a rather resourceful, somewhat notoriously shady fellow hailing from the rougher parts of Queensland, felt it entirely necessary, despite having absolutely no real necessity whatsoever, that in order to properly solveTheBarn Owl Conundrumthat all Owl-breadbox related Vaseline® supplies be illegally sourced and imported with the utmost efficiency across state lines using his network of underground petroleum jelly Coyotes, whose extensive expertise in smuggling discount bath product contraband was rivaled by none.
An intense Rocket Johnson Junior contemplates The Traveling Salesman Problem
However, the real meat going into solving thisimmenselyimportant problem was optimistically carried out and valiantly attempted by the ever jovial Good Doctor Rico Codwall
Here he is joyfully performing experiments in his laboratory
a highly distractible, yet undeniably gifted man, particularly at solving such obtuse endeavors like fitting some not yet determined quantity of typically nocturnal Tytonidae into rather small spaces for reasons completely unclear to anyone in particular, and if anything at all unflattering could ever be mentioned about The Good Doctor Rico Codwall, it'd be his tendency towards getting lost in parking lots, indoor malls, and casual dining restaurant chains, particularly while attempting to navigate his way back from frequent restroom visits due to an unattended food sensitivity situation repeatedly ignored to the great dismay of a very many molded porcelain water sculptures throughout town.
Microscopic evidence of The Good Doctor Rico Codwall's rather disrupted and disturbed micro biome
TheBarn Owl Conundrumfirst showed up on The Good Doctor Rico Codwall's plate several years back, while thumbing through an advertising pamphlet found on the bathroom floor of a Jiffy Lube® owned and operated by his dear friend, and fellow IBS brother-in-arms, Louis Lexingfield
Lewis Lexingfield chatting in the manager's office of Jiffy Lube®
whom he first met exchanging Sensitive Skin Wet Ones® in the lavatory of the local Chili's® after a particularly messy incident whose particulars will be presently spared in the reader's best interests.
Instead here's a photo of the Little Good Doctor Rico Codwall with his parents
The precise origins ofTheBarn Owl Conundrumare highly contested and much speculation surrounds the whole undertaking, although The Good Doctor Rico Codwall's focus remained firmly on the acquisition of a reasonable quantity offullylive American Eastern Barn Owls to cover---at minimum---the expected value ofTheBarn Owl Conundrum'ssolution space plus two standard deviations, and so taking into account these initial conditions, The Good Doctor Rico Codwall concluded that no more than 23 medium-sized American Eastern Barn Owls good and sufficient for the endeavor at hand, which he promptly ordered from Amazon Prime.
The Good Doctor blows up his breadbox
Rather unfortunately, a roving band of PETA activists, having hacked intoThe Barn Owl Conundrum'sofficial contestant mailing list, illegally intercepted and subsequently destroyed all en route American Eastern Barn Owl packages, causing The Good Doctor Rico Codwall to narrowly missThe Barn Owl Conundrum'shard deadline, further emphasizing The Good Doctor Rico Codwall's regrettable tendency to procrastinate in direct proportion to relative importance.
Seen here, Rocket Johnson Junior and The Good Doctor Rico Codwall in happier times
One month later, while Rocket Johnson Junior and The Good Doctor Rico Codwall were out back of Glendon Salisbury fashioning single legs out of Piñon pine in order to repair the furniture that Feets McGooey had left behind in a state of tripodal retardation, a letter arrived, declaring thatThe Barn Owl Conundrum'sfinal submission datehad been extended two months time due to "... recent and widespread Owl-related terrorist activities," and as further stated within the transmittance, "... that nationwide American Eastern Barn Owl populations have been nearly eradicated by animal advocacy organizations looking to prevent 'any opportunities for such future misuses of these majestic, beautiful creatures,' thereby leaving the presently elected decision-making body ofThe Barn Owl Conundrumcommittee no choice but to unprecedentedly allow substitutions with theWesternversion of the American Barn Owl."
Here we see The Good Doctor Rico Codwall wishing he'd not earlier blown up his mid-nineteenth century artisanal, northern Finnish, lower flatlands region, 16 x 8 inch (40 x 20 cm) standard hinged, well-fixtured breadbox