English subtitles for clip: File:Kees Moeliker, How a dead duck changed my life.webm

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this is the Natural History Museum in
Rotterdam the Netherlands for our work

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as a curator an ordinary day at work can
pass without much excitement but on June
5th 1995 a loud bang against the window

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changed my life and end the death of a
duck when I hit his bang I looked out of

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the window and I saw this this was the
duck it died because of the collision

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with the class but next to it was a live
duck and please pay attention both are

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of the male sex then this happened the
live duck mounted the dead duck and

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started to copulate well I'm a biologist
I'm an ornithologist I said to myself

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this is something wrong and what one is
live one is dead that must be

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necrophilia and remember both are of the
male sex homosexual necrophilia so I sat
down took my notes took pictures and I

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could do so for about 75 minutes then I
got hungry I wanted to go home

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but before I did that I really had to
collect the duck for the collection of

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the museum and of course I checked the
sex of the dead duck and here's a rare
slide of a duck's penis so it was indeed

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of the male sex so what do you do when
you see something new to science you

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publish it well it took me about six
years to decide to do that because I

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couldn't explain this behavior I could
tell the story in a bar at the birthday

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party at the coffee machine but I
couldn't share it with my peers in the

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end I did it the first case of
homosexual necrophilia and the mallard

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duck

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so here's the situation again a is my
office from where I heard the bang B is
where the duck hits the glass C is from

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where I watched it about six people read
my paper but then I got a message from

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mark Abrams from Harvard University
telling me you've won a prize you've won

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the egg Nobel Prize I said the egg Nobel
Prize shouldn't these messages come from
Stockholm no it came from Cambridge

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Massachusetts and the ignoble prizes
they holler achievements that first make

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people laugh and then make them think
and the goal is to make more people

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interested in science so I said yes
that's a nice prize so I went to the
ceremony and the ceremony is very

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special because real Nobel laureates and
you see about 12 Nobel laureates here

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give the prizes to the egg Nobel Prize
winners and you get 60 seconds to say

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something and here's the duck there you
go okay winning this ignoble price

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changed my life people started sending
me all kinds of duck related things

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I have a I have a huge collection but
more importantly I became a kind of

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specialist in remarkable animal behavior
and if somewhere on this planet a bird

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or mammal behaves badly I know of it
first there are the mistakes this is the

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this is a moose trying to mate with a
bronze statue of a bison this is this is

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a Minnesota 2004 this this is in the
Netherlands last year at April a frog

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trying to copulate with a goldfish and
now we know this is serious science this

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is the first-ever victim of homosexual
necrophilia in a ground squirrel the

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specimen was collected in 1959 it still
kept in the Bell Museum and Minnesota
here are barn swallows a roadkill in

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Hong Kong 2004 turkeys in whisk
Wisconsin and if you if you take a look

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at the other pictures you see the the
the famous turkeys of the experiments

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they did in the 50s in the US which
concluded that turkeys copulate with

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almost everything including a detached
head but look here what's wrong with

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this picture the position these are
these are cane toads in Australia by the

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way and these came in just a month ago
from the Netherlands take a good look
you see the position of the female is

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lying on its back and the missionary
position is not done in birds

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besides the duck was dead for two days
so there when there was my theory I

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thought well death has to be sudden and
in the capillary capillary copulatory

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position to have necrophilia possible I
don't know where this went well to end

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this now a more serious matter you're
all invited to join me at

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June 5th 5 to 6 for dead duck day we do
it every year we congregate at the

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Natural History Museum in Rotterdam to
to remember the bird that hit the window

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and to discuss new ways to prevent birds
from colliding with glass because that

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is one of the major causes of death in
birds worldwide when that's over we go
to a local Chinese restaurant

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we have a six-course duck dinner I hope
to see you next year on June 5th thank you