more lit: penguin pooh

May 4, 2006 at 6:59 pm | | crazy figure contest, literature

OK, when it rains it pours. I have another literature post.


This is a real article in Polar Biology. And it reports upon what the title promises. I mean, just look at this figure:


You can’t beat that. Nor can you make it up. Thanks to Ilya for this and the swimming paper. You know, I bet this research is sticky, too…


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  1. My money is this gem winds up with an Ignobel award. I like the fact that they used the stone texture for the ground in their diagram.

    Comment by kendall — May 5, 2006 #

  2. I’m particularly fond of the penguin’s feet…oh, and the fact that thaey spelled “defaecation” like thaey might in aencient Rome, and “pooh” like the bear, not so much like the act of excreting turds (spelled “poo”).

    Comment by jordan — May 6, 2006 #

  3. Rubbish! These graphs don’t even have error bars. How is anyone supposed to take this data seriously?

    Comment by Jeremiah — May 8, 2006 #

  4. and they didn’t even control for types of food eaten – i mean i’d like to think there’d be a significant difference if the penguin was chowing down on a crunch wrap supreme vs. a ceasar salad. am i wrong, people?

    Comment by andrew's dad — May 8, 2006 #

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