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Comparing ‘The Leadership Hubris Epidemic’ and Frontotemporal Dementia

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

What comparisons might be drawn, if any, between the grotesquely exaggerated, often self-destructive personality traits caused by damage to frontal brain regions and the behaviour of prominent characters in the world of business and politics who are suffering from ‘The Hubris Syndrome’?

Details are provided in Chapter 1 of the 2107 book ‘The Leadership Hubris Epidemic’ [£87.50, Palgrave Books] in which professor Peter Garrard (at St. George’s, University of London) writes that the effects of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) can be compared with those suffering from Hubris Syndrome (HS) – and who exhibit (amongst other things) :

“Excessive confidence in their own judgment and contempt for the advice or criticism of others” and

“[…] loss of contact with reality; often associated with progressive isolation.”

See: Frontotemporal Dementia: A Clue to the Biological Basis of Hubris Syndrome?

For: a recent example of the multi-billion dollar grief which ‘The Leadership Hubris Epidemic’ can inflict, see: ‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’ – Carillion slammed by MPs (The Guardian, 16 May 2018)

Also: don’t miss The Daedalus Trust which has been drawing attention such things since 2011.

Note: At the time of writing, some extracts of chapter 1 were available here :


“Fake dog testicles made this man a millionaire”

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Ig Nobel Prize winner Gregg A. Miller and his doggone—well, dogpartiallygone—invention, Neuticles, are profiled by CNBC, with the headline “Fake dog testicles made this man a millionaire“:

The 2005 Ig Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to Gregg A. Miller of Oak Grove, Missouri, for inventing Neuticles—artificial replacement testicles for dogs, available in three sizes, and three degrees of firmness.

Since that time, Miller has expanded the range of sizes, firmnesses, and body parts.

Miller’s work is documented in US Patent #5868140, and in the book Going Going NUTS!, by Gregg A. Miller, PublishAmerica, 2004, ISBN 1413753167.


Stool Philanthropy, Announced in Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Medical student Breanna McSweeney presented data from the study “Potential Motivators and Deterrents for Stool Donors: A Multicenter Study,” on June 5 at a Digestive Disease Week gathering at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

McSweeney then wrote about her presentation, on the Everyday Health blog:

Stool Donation: What Would Make You Consider It?

… Of the 802 respondents to the questionnaire, the majority of people who became donors did so because of altruism (greater than 75 percent). Other potential motivating factors were learning how stool donations could help others, having a positive attitude about fecal transplants, and potentially receiving economic compensation….

(Thanks to Tony Tweedale for bringing this to our attention.)

STILL MORE INFO: Dead Duck Day, June 5th, honoring homosexual necrophilia in the mallard

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 is the 23rd edition of Dead Duck Day, arriving precisely one year after last year’s Dead Duck Day. At exactly 17:55 h [Rotterdam time] we will honor the mallard duck that became known to science as the first (documented) ‘victim’ of homosexual necrophilia in that species, and earned its discoverer the 2003 Ig Nobel Biology Prize.

We presented some info about this yesterday. Here are further details.

Dead Duck Day also commemorates the billions of other birds that die from colliding with glass buildings, and challenges people to find solutions to this global problem.

Please join the free, short open-air ceremony next to the new wing of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam (the Netherlands), right below the new Dead Duck Memorial Plaque — the very spot where that duck (now museum specimen NMR 9989-00232) met his dramatic end.

This is what will happen:

  • The traditional Ten Seconds of Silence.
  • Review of this year’s necrophilia news, with (1) applause for Harshil Patel, Pranav Vaghashiya, and Shantilal K. Tank for publishing their paper ‘Necrophiliac Behavior in the Common Asian Toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus (Schneider 1799) in Western India‘ and (2) the first public appearance of dead duck specimen NMR 9989-05220 a new victim of heterosexual necrophilia in the mallard.
  • The official announcement of ‘Der Entenmann‘ – the long-awaited German edition of ‘De eendenman‘ [The Duck Guy].
  • The reading of the special ‘Dead Duck Day Message’. This years message, a dead duck story, send in by Eva Menasse, author of amongst others the novel ‘Tiere für Fortgeschrittene‘ [Animals for the Advanced] will be read by Kim Zieschang.
  • Presentation of an addition to the Dead Duck Day Fashion Line, designed by Mark Prinsen.
  • A six-course duck dinner, after the ceremony. The traditional six-course (dead) duck dinner at the famous Tai Wu Restaurant is also open to the public (at your own expense). Reserve your seat by e-mailing to: info [at]

UPDATE (June 9, 2018): A few days after Dead Duck Day, the museum director had a fluid dynamics adventure with the police, in connection with a nature television shoot.

A look back at the Penises of the Animal Kingdom poster

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Colin Dickey, writing in Topic magazine, explores the history of the Ig Nobel Prize-winning poster “Penises of the Animal Kingdom” and its creator, Jim Knowlton. Dickey’s report bears the headline “The Penis Poster That Rubbed People the Wrong Way“:

“… Knowlton had been a graduate student at Columbia University, working on a PhD in particle physics, when he first concocted the idea for the poster. A colleague’s comment about how snakes have two penises, he later recalled, got him “thinking about penis trivia,” which soon “moved into the further realm of comparing.” He was 24 years old when he began selling the poster in 1985; after he completed his master’s, his academic funding was cut off. He moved out to Indiana, he later told a reporter, to continue selling his poster and start a rock band. The poster business was a one-man operation, and by then, Knowlton estimated, he was selling about 5,000 copies a year.

“In 1992, the poster’s notoriety earned it an Ig Nobel Prize—a set of parodic counterparts to the Nobel Prizes that are awarded each year by Marc Abrahams, editor of the science-humor magazine the Annals of Improbable Research. “The prizes are not intended to say that anything is bad or good,” Abrahams says. Instead, the sole criterion is: “Does it make people laugh and then think?” Few laureates have made work that has fit these criteria as well as Knowlton’s poster does….”