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Intimate Knowledge of the Ostrich Whisperer?

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

In this video, a person called “the Ostrich Whisperer” appears to display an intimate knowledge of how ostriches behave towards humans:


One can wonder many things about the Ostrich Whisperer’s knowledge.

One can wonder how it compares with the knowledge reported in the study “Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches (Struthio camelus) Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain,” Norma E. Bubier, Charles G.M. Paxton, P. Bowers, D.C. Deeming, British Poultry Science, vol. 39, no. 4, September 1998, pp. 477-481.

Knowledgable readers of this blog know that that study’s authors were awarded the 2002 Ig Nobel Prize in biology.

(By the way, there seems to be more than one person who is called “the ostrich whisperer”.)





An Ig Nobel exercise from Madame Van Isterdael

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Madame Van Isterdael educates you, in this language-learning video which she calls, enchantingly, “2euro méthodo CE the IG Nobel Prizes“:


Dead Duck Day 2020 kinda sorta postponed till 2022

Friday, June 4th, 2021

The 25th Dead Duck Day, on June 5th, which was postponed from 2020 until 2021, will be more or less postponed till 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So be on the lookout for the special (postponed) 25th anniversary edition in 2022.

This year, like last year, Dead Duck Day will have only two participants – me and the stuffed duck, accompanied by a bottle of beer, just as on the very first Dead Duck Day celebration, 26 years ago.

Kees Moeliker

Of course everybody is free and invited to have private Dead Duck Day celebrations, anywhere in the world, to commemorate the dramatic death of the duck — and the tragedy of billions of other birds that die from colliding with glass buildings.

Here is a photo from a previous #DeadDuckDay, with a massive public gathering at Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam, the site of the historic collision (photo by Maarten Laupman):

Nonetheless, a Joyous Day, This June 5, 2021

The good—not just good, but excellent—news is that June 5, 2021 is the day when the museum will be re-opening to the public, after a long closure because of the pandemic.

The number of visitors will be strictly limited because of Covid precautions. To go inside the museum on re-opening day, you can (and if you want to get in, you must!) book tickets in advance, online. And when you are there, pay your own personal homage to the carcass of the victim duck, which now resides permanently inside the museum with which it had that fatal, fateful, historic crash 26 years ago.

Ig Nobel Duck
The mallard duck that is a vital part of Dead Duck Day became known to science as the first (documented) ‘victim’ of homosexual necrophilia in that species, and earned its discoverer, Kees Moeliker, the 2003 Ig Nobel Biology Prize.

A languid music video tribute to Ig Nobel Prize winners

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Topster made this languid music video tribute to some of the Ig Nobel Prize winners:

Ig Nobel Prize-winning Tamagotchi returns in yet another new form

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“Not for nothing in 1997, the creators of the Tamagotchi were winners of the Ig Nobel Prize in Economics: Akihiro Yokoi, of the Wiz Company, of Chiba (Japan), and Aki Maita, of the Bandai Company (Tokyo), father and mother of the Tamagochi, “for turning millions of work hours into lost time taking care of virtual pets.”

So says Forbes Mexico, in a report with the headline and subheadline:

Retro mode: favorite virtual pet returns as gadget for the pandemic
The brand new version of the Tamagotchi virtual pet is in pre-sale and in addition to a camera it brings a variety of functionalities to interact.

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