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    • They used birds on drilling rigs to see if there was h2 comeing up. If the bird dies you run upwind fast.
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    • This is such an obscure fucking joke
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    • Like if you not big gey
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    • Canary in a coal mine. Miners used to carry them in cages bc they would die from dangerous gases before the humans did. For those who don’t get it uwu
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    • damn dark
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    • At first I thought the bird was stealing the air from their lungs and then realized that was dumb and they're dying from carbon monoxide poisoning and except it wouldn't really look like that.
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    • LEMME EXPLAIN: In mineshafts, miners used to use canaries to see if there was poisonous gases ahead, so if it died they would know. The joke is that it held its breath so the miners didn’t know and there and now suffering
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    • Its a canary and they were used in coal mines to detect a toxic gas. And as such will chirp as the slighest sense of toxic gas. This canary is just a sadistic mother fucker
      VexKun 19d
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    • How the fuck did enough people know this to get it featured?
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    • LMFAO birds were used as carbon monoxide detectors in mines so workers were safe, if the bird died, gtfo
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    • Canaries were once used in mines to tell if there was any toxic gases, such as methane. If the bird passed out, the miners knew there was gas. This bird held its breath, making the miners think it was safe to breathe
      SOD_KZX 19d
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    • For those who don't get it: Back in the days before portable carbon monoxide detectors canaries where carried into mines because they had an extremely sensitive respiratory system. If the canary died you knew to GTFO fast.
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    • Canary’s can detect certain poisonous gases. They freak out when they detect it.
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    • This Is the origin of canary in the coal mine if the bird died the miners new their was toxic gas in the mine
      TG1302 19d
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    • Canary in a coal mine
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    • When AP environmental science actually helps you with something
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    • I understand cause goblin slayer
      thesdc 19d
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    • Well if the bird held his breath he’d make no noise. That’d be an indicator to leave
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    • Kudo 19d
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    • Miners would keep canaries near them underground, in case they opened a gas pocket. If it was carbon monoxide, the bird would die and they'd know to gtfo
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    • xD what a dumbass way to explain “they used birds” fucking Canaries dipshit and not if they died but if they started to freak out so you’d know the air is ‘poisonous’
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    • A moment of silence for all the birds lost in the mines.
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    • They used to send canaries down mine shafts to see if there is carbon monoxide
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    • I get it because I listened to my tour guide at the Chicago science and industry museum.
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    • I thought this was a bird box reference, where the bird remains quiet to fuck over the humans
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    • This is an advanced meme
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    • It's not that obscure. It's the canary in the coal mine. Everyone has heard of it
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    • In the military, when you’re in a toxic air environment. And it finally clears. The least essential person has to take their mask of to test the air. This person in regulation is called the “canary”
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    • It’s funny because this is a canary which is supposed to chirp at the sign of poison gas
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    • Lot of coal mines in the 30s used canarys as an early warning system to carbon monoxide poisoning because the lil fuckers never stopped chirping up untill they died
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    • A canary in a coal mine
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    • Yeah, usually its H2S (dihydrogen sulfide). Send a bird in and if its chirping your working.
      Gumjob 19d
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    • In the old days to detect poisonous gas while mining, birds would be used because they would die way before a human, alerting them of the gas. This bird held his breath and everyone died......
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    • I thought coal mine canaries were common knowledge. Hunger games etc
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    • I was like "what does it mean?" Then i went "OOOOHHHHHHH"
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    • I love all these ppl saying its not obscure when the only reason they know it was bc of what tc said
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    • Actually the birds pass out and they used this method because they used torches and lanterns, which is way before they had drilling rigs
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    • Canary in a coalmine
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    • For people who don’t understand: in coal mines and drilling rigs, people would bring canaries. As canaries cannot take nearly as much toxins as humans, if a parakeet died due to coal residue or toxic gases, then that alerted the miners or drillers to get the fuck away from that mine ASAP
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    • The old canary in a coal mine, they used to let the bird out and if they didn’t return, then the mine was filled with noxious gas
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    • Hydrogen sulfide is a hell of a drug.
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    • Canarys can sense poisonous gas and will start singing alerting the miners to run
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    • Call me my number is 911
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    • Canary in the coal mine
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    • Every like is one day without masturbating
      z3k3 19d
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    • A reference so obscure even Lt. Columbo couldn't figure it out
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    • All those poor birds. At least this one got justice
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    • All the comments are people explaining it or talking about how it’s not well known but I thought most people knew that
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    • A canary in a coal mine
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    • If you're confused just Google "Canary's in mines"
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    • That’s some bullshit cuz if they heard the bird stop chirping then they’d know something’s wrong, even if it didn’t die
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    • Haha this comic is clever
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    • Miners used canaries to find gas pockets in the mine, if carbon monoxide was present, the bird dropped dead and they’d know not to go in there
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    • How tf were you supposed to know what this means if you've never been told. This feature is extremely niche.
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    • Canary in a coal mine diamonds
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    • I understood this comic because of goblin slayer
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    • I thought this was a Bird Box joke
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    • I actually get it
      alexmig 18d
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    • They also use Birds when they would be mining because of gases come up and kill the bird first and that's how you know to get the hell out of there
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    • Anyone else remember that Fosters imaginary friends game? Well I remember a mission where you gotta go dig a tunnel into a theater and we borrows someone’s canary for the gas reason, and they put a gas mask on the bird. Even as a child I knew that the birds safty was gonna kill the rest of them.
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    • The used toads more often because there more sensitive
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    • Me
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    • Everyone asks canary but they never ask can he?
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    • Canary the coal mine
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    • How can H2 be bad if it's in our water?
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    • John, john the canary's dead, John where are you, I cant see anything
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    • I don’t get it
      iEyoo 19d
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    • I learned about this from goblin Slayer.
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    • Back in the day they used parakeets in mining shafts to detect harmful gases and when they died you would know to get the hell out of there.
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    • They used birds in mines too. If the bird dies, you get the fuck out immediately.
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    • Canary in a coalmine
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    • For those who don’t get it. Miners used to bring a type of bird into the mines with them that was sensitive to a certain gas and would pass out and die. If this happened the miners knew to get out
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    • I dont get it
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    • Miners would have birds inside the caves they were going into and would know if it was dangerous if the bird died
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    • Thats kinda fucked though
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    • People in the comments havent heard of the canary in the coal mine.
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    • Yep, sometime back then they used birds to see if there was a dangerous gas called carbon monoxide that would kill miners mining. Since the birds are smaller it would kill them faster and bc they didn’t have the technology to see the gas and the gas had no smell or taste, the birds were easily used.
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    • But its the lack of chirping that tells em its bad
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    • Can someone please explain
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    • It's a good thing I watched goblin slayer. I wouldn't have gotten the joke.
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    • Haha canary in a mine shaft
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    • Me after watch goblin slayer
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    • The old canary in the mine analogy
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    • Is this osha?
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    • Very few will actually get this haha
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    • The only reason i understand this joke is because i read the second hunger games book
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    • Canary in a coal mine
      DerWolf 19d
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    • Canary in the coalmine
      liquiid 19d
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