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Thread #52030   Message #800856
Posted By: Amos
11-Oct-02 - 12:31 AM
Thread Name: Song Challenge! - Part 90
Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE! - Part 90
I knew our naughty intuitions were grounded in "hard" science. Winess the following from the current online edition of the New Scientist:

Strange but true tales from the world of science 
First published in New Scientist print edition,
2002 Ig Nobel Prizes
FEEDBACK'S favourite prizes - the Ig Nobels - were handed out last week at Harvard University. Sponsored by the humourous magazine the Annals of Improbable Research, the prizes honour achievements that "cannot or should not be reproduced". This year's crop was a rich one.

Research on a rather different type of interspecies behaviour earned Norma Bubier, Charles Paxton, Phil Bowers, and Charles Deeming the Ig Nobel in Biology. Four years ago they published a seminal paper in British Poultry Science: "Courtship behaviour of ostriches toward humans under farming conditions in Britain" (vol 39, p 477). They discovered that ostriches hand-reared by farm workers tended to identify with humans rather than with other birds. This had consequences during the mating season that didn't help produce more ostriches.