Friday June 5th, 2015 is the 20th edition of 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 (me) the 2003 Ig Nobel Biology Prize.
Dead Duck Day also commemorates the billions of other birds that die(d) from colliding with glass buildings, and challenges people to find solutions to this global problem.
Please join the free, short open-air ceremony next to the new wing of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam (the Netherlands), right below the new Dead Duck Memorial Plaque— the very spot where that duck (now museum specimen NMR 9989-00232) met his dramatic end.
This is what will happen:
- The introduction of the new Dead Duck Day logo and the ‘Dead Duck Day fashion line’, designed by Mark Prinsen.
- A tribute to the recently deceased Robert W. Dickerman (1926), the biologist who discovered homosexual necrophilia in ground squirrels in 1959, and gave necrophilia a good name.
The reading of the special ‘Dead Duck Day Message’, send in by Anil Aggrawal, professor of forensic medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, and foremost expert on human necrophilia.
- Menno Schilthuizen reads appropriate (duck) parts from his new book ‘Nature’s nether regions’.
- The announcement of the performance of ‘The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera’ at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in Londen, 8/9 August 2015.
- A six-course duck dinner, after the ceremony.
The traditional six-course (dead) duck dinner at the famous Tai Wu Restaurant is also open to the public (at your own expense). Reserve you seat by e-mailing to: info [at] hetnatuurhistorisch.nl
More on the history of Dead Duck Day on the official Dead Duck Day website: www.deadduckday.com. Informatie in het Nederlands: hier.
Wednesday June 5th it is Dead Duck Day again. At exactly 17:55h we will honor the mallard duck that became known to science as the first (documented) ‘victim’ of homosexual necrophilia in that species. Please join for this short open-air ceremony next to the new wing of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam (the Netherlands) where the duck (now museum specimen NMR 9989-00232) has met his dramatic end.
Here is what we plan to do during the 18th Dead Duck Day:
- Commemorating the life and death of NMR 9989-00232, and [new!] announcing exiting news about the duck specimen.
- [new!] Reveal (1) a ‘plaque’ that marks the spot where the duck hit the building and died on June 5th 1995, and (2) expose a bilingual sign that tells what happened right after the duck had died.
- Communicate recent observations of / publications on remarkable animal behavior, relating to the duck.
Dr Bondar will send in the DDD-Message.
- Read the special Dead Duck Day Message, this year written by dr Carin Anne Bondar.
- Discuss ways to prevent birds from colliding with glass (buildings).
- After all this, everybody is invited to the traditional six-course duck dinner at the famous Tai Wu Restaurant.
Dead Duck Day is open to the public and free of charge. The ceremony is in the open air on the lawn next to the north wing of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam in the Museumpark (address: Westzeedijk 345, 3015 AA Rotterdam). We start at exactly 17:55h. Kees Moeliker will do most of the talking, in Dutch and in English (almost simultaneously). Usually, at about 18:25h we walk to the restaurant for the six-course duck dinner. Arrival at the Tai Wu restaurant (address: Mauritsweg 24-26, 3012 JR Rotterdam) at about 18:45h. If you want to join the dinner, please make your own reservations (telephone +31 10 4330818; code Dead Duck Day 死鸭日]. Dinner and beverages are at your own expense. [We still try to find a sponsor].
Here is the announcement of Dead Duck Day om the TED blog.
Dead Duck Day is organised by the European Bureau of Improbable Research and the Natural History Museum Rotterdam.