Sunday, January 15, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
There are actual flamingos at The Flamingo on the Las Vegas strip and they do what flamingos do, as photographed by Jon. The answer to why flamingos engage in this mysterious behavior was published only last year by researchers at St. Joe's in Philadelphia. Little did they know they could have conducted their study in Vegas.
Zoo Biol. 2010 May-Jun;29(3):365-74.
Why do flamingos stand on one leg?
Department of Psychology, Saint Joseph's University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
A series of observational studies of captive Caribbean flamingos Phoenicopterus ruber were conducted to determine why flamingos rest on one leg. While frequently asked by the general public, this basic question has remained unanswered by the scientific community. Here we suggest that the latency of flamingos to initiate forward locomotion following resting on one leg is significantly longer than following resting on two, discounting the possibility that unipedal resting reduces muscle fatigue or enhances predatory escape. Additionally, we demonstrate that flamingos do not display lateral preferences at the individual or group levels when resting on one leg, with each bird dividing its resting time across both legs. We show that while flamingos prefer resting on one leg to two regardless of location, the percentage of birds resting on one leg is significantly higher among birds standing in the water than among those on land. Finally, we demonstrate a negative relationship between temperature and the percentage of observed birds resting on one leg, such that resting on one leg decreases as temperature rises. Results strongly suggest that unipedal resting aids flamingos in thermoregulation.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Maybe, although the blog tried to stop the experiment before it began. Last Sunday the visiting Diana and Maurice concocted a manly mushroom out of meat (pork and beef) - a meatshroom from the online show called Man Cooking. A very bemused Nate looked on as Diana carved, but it was absolutely delicious, and we all took a second helping.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Here the blog is not speaking metaphorically about the Republican primaries, but rather about the Nevada State Park of that name that it visited as a day trip from Vegas.
Reading the information sign at the park reminded the blog of its favorite quotation from Representative Barney Frank: “Tax cuts are fun, but I never saw a tax cut put out a fire. I never saw a tax cut make a bridge” Barney Frank, MSNBC, August 1, 2011
Frank could have added, "I never saw a tax cut initiate park development."