Podcast Episode #210: “Famous Monks with Bad Breath”

Famous Monks with Bad Breath, Porn Research, Icky Cutesy Research Review, Missing Pieces Research Review, Amorous Ostriches and Exposure at Sea, and The Plastic Pink Flamingo. In episode #210, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Jean Berko Gleason, Melissa Franklin, and Richard Baguley. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. This episode was also aided and perhaps abetted by […]

Podcast #12: Ostrich courtship of humans

Ostriches, sea monsters, and sex figure heavily in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. LISTEN on Play.it or iTunes (or DOWNLOAD it, and listen later). SUBSCRIBE on Play.it or iTunes, to get a new episode every week, free. [NEWS: Soon, the podcast will also be available on Spotify.] This week, Marc Abrahams tells about: Ostrich courtship of humans, and also sea serpent mistakes. (Charles Paxton / Bubier, N. E., C. G. M. Paxton, P. Bowers, and […]

Funny business, with (but without) ostriches

A new industry, launched with high hopes and fairly lavish funding, hit a wall. They called in scientists to try to understand what was going wrong. The scientists found something most unexpected. That, friends, is what led to publication of the study “Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain,” which in turn […]

‘Millionaire’ Query: Ostrich Bonk Preference

On the Italian edition of the show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, a contestant recently spent eight minutes wrestling with a question raised in an Ig Nobel Prize-winning study: Who do ostriches prefer as sex partners? Watch this taut dramatic incident: The study being discussed here garnered the 2002 Ig Nobel biology prize for […]