Thursday, July 17, 2008

Improbable Ornithological Research

Short clips from a hilarious lecture about “the duck and its lover” can viewed at intervals 0:10-0:43 and 2:40-3:40 on this video:

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this bit of oddball, John. You might have known already that an ornithologist, Robert Dickerman, published on similar "research" involving squirrels back in 1960 (see Journal of Mammalogy vol. 41, pg. 403-404). He called it "Davian behavior," as in the limerick about Dave and a cave ... and the money he saved. Perhaps not improbably for the Internet these days, there is even a Wikipedia entry about it here.

July 17, 2008 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this bit of oddball, John. You might have known already that an ornithologist, Robert Dickerman, published on similar "research" involving squirrels back in 1960 (see Journal of Mammalogy vol. 41, pg. 403-404). He called it "Davian behavior," as in the limerick about Dave and a cave ... and the money he saved. Perhaps not improbably for the Internet these days, there is even a Wikipedia entry about it here.

July 17, 2008 4:08 PM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

Thank you, anonymous, for sharing this great bit of information about necrophilia. I was not aware that Dickerman had coined the term "Davian behavior" based on a ribald limerick, and I somehow missed Lehner's paper on "avian davian behavior." So, thanks again.

July 18, 2008 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Dagny said...

That guy is hilarious. I wonder if he does parties.


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July 18, 2008 9:22 PM  

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