Celebrate the 19th Dead Duck Day, on June 5th 2014

Thursday June 5th, 2014 is Dead Duck Day, arriving exactly one year after last year’s Dead Duck Day. At exactly 17:55 h 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, Kees Moeliker, the 2003 Ig Nobel Biology Prize. […]

Ig Nobel Night in Groningen, The Netherlands

The ‘Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap’ (Saturday, May 24, 2014) in Groningen, the Netherlands, will host an official Ig Nobel Night — with talks by four Ig Nobel Prize winners, and also a 24/7 Lecture competition. In four 20-minute sessions, Kees Moeliker (European Bureau Chief of the Annals of Improbable Research) will briefly tell about the history […]

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 […]

New book: The Butt Crack of the Tick

The duck guy has a new book — about the butt crack of the tick. After witnessing ‘the first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard (duck)‘ and winning an Ig Nobel Prize for his publication documenting that remarkable behavior, Kees Moeliker developed a keen eye for animal oddities. He published most of his subsequent […]

Celebrate Dead Duck Day

Sunday, June 5th, is Dead Duck Day. The short, open-air ceremony is open free to the public, including ducks. Please come and commemorate the sudden and dramatic death of the mallard duck that entered the scientific literature as the first ever recorded victim of homosexual necrophila in this species, and discuss (new) ways to prevent […]