Prize-winning Duck Biologist Quacks at Rotterdam Ban on Feeding Bread to Ducks

The city of Rotterdam plans to prohibit people from feeding bread to ducks. The news organization NRC reports, on April 7, 2022, about the pushback on that, especially from the city’s most eminent duck biologist. Here is a machine translation (into English) of that report: Doubts in Rotterdam about the usefulness of the ban on […]

Another incident with lead in ducks

Heavy-leaded ducks were seized by the US Customs and Border Protection agency, an action the agency announced in a May 12, 2020 press release: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Savannah Seaport seized 5,000 stuffed toy ducks after it was determined that they contained excessive amounts of lead. The press release includes […]

Dead Duck Day 2017, in pictures

The 22nd edition of Dead Duck Day, honoring the mallard duck that became known to science as the first (documented) ‘victim’ of homosexual necrophilia in that species, on June 5th, 2017 attracted 85 spectators, a record number since 1996. Right outside the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, the ceremony included (1) the first posthumous public […]

A look back at the 20th Dead Duck Day

It took some time to write-up the things that happened at the 20th edition of Dead Duck Day — commemorating the first scientifically documented case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. Here it is, laced with photographs: On June 5th, 2015, the 20th Dead Duck Day attracted a crowd of about 50 people. They gathered at […]

The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera

The Ig Nobel Tour of Europe will kick off Friday, March 14th at Imperial College London. That night’s show will include the world premiere of “The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera” by composer Daniel Gillingwater. My now classic 2003 Ig Nobel Prize winning paper (with about the same title as the opera) has made some people […]