Is That A Corskscrew In Your Pocket,
Or Are You Just Glad To See Me?

We will return to weightier matters as soon as time permits, but meanwhile:

You may think you know plenty about duck phalluses, but you have nothing on one Dr. Patricia Brennan, who has made the study of the anatine willy her life’s work. Most male birds, in fact, are entirely ajohnsonal, but ducks buck this trend with a most unusual and creative arrangement: not only is theirs a long, spiraling affair, but they lose it in the fall and grow a new one in the spring. The female has a correspondingly remarkable structure, of opposite phase, and the whole business seems to be the result of an interesting evolutionary struggle. Learn more here.

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3 Comments

  1. MikeZ says

    You wrote this rather than cover the passing of Tom Poston?

    – M

    Posted May 2, 2007 at 8:29 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Mike,

    That’s huge news, of course, but I hadn’t heard about it. I did consider a piece about Tommy Newsom, however. I was a huge fan.

    The sad fact is that I had no opportunity for writing anything at all yesterday until it was already quite late, and I was so worn out that I was reluctant to attempt anything too serious.

    Posted May 2, 2007 at 10:08 am | Permalink
  3. MikeZ says

    Well, I was surprised you didn’t cover that too. :-)

    – M

    Posted May 2, 2007 at 3:31 pm | Permalink