An “early bord special” has nothing to do with eating an “early bird,” but there’s a joke:
“There was an early bird special at the diner, so I ordered Archaeopteryx.”
The joke was cited on reddit on April 26, 2016. An “early bird special” joke based on the proverb “the early bird gets the worm” was cited on Twitter on June 5, 2011.
Archaeopteryx (/ˌɑːrkiːˈɒptərᵻks/), sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel ("original bird” or “first bird"), is a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that is transitional between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. The name derives from the ancient Greek ἀρχαῖος (archaīos) meaning “ancient”, and πτέρυξ (ptéryx), meaning “feather” or “wing”. Between the late nineteenth century and the early twenty-first century, Archaeopteryx had been generally accepted by palaeontologists and popular reference books as the oldest known bird (member of the group Avialae).
Tulsa: “I ordered the early bird special—and it was just a bowl of worms! Then I thought, what the hell did I expect?”
10:41 PM - 5 Jun 2011
There was an early bird special at the diner
submitted April 26, 2016 by Cheesestone
So I ordered Archaeopteryx.