Nice coverage in Conservation Magazine

27 11 2012

From my favourite mink farmer: “Male or female?”

25 11 2012

Is it Male or Female? You might not have known this, but a lot of non-living objects are actually either male or female. Here are some examples…

They are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.

These are female, because once turned off, it takes a while to warm them up again.

Tires are male, because they go bald easily and are often over inflated.

Also a male object, because to get them to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under their butt.

These are female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.

Female, because they’re constantly being looked at and frequently getting hit on.

Definitely male, because they always use the same old lines for picking up people.

An hourglass is female because, over time, all the weight shifts to the bottom.

Male, because in the last 5000 years, they’ve hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.

Female. Ha! You probably thought it would be male, but consider this: It easily gives a man pleasure, he’d be lost without it, and while he doesn’t always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying…

Congratulations to Mike!

23 11 2012

Mike Walker and his team-mates won the graduates’ prize at the Welfare Judging Competition held in Guelph at the weekend (, and Mike came third of all the graduates involved (there ere about 18 from across Canada and the US), missing second place by whisker to Lena Levison. Left to right are the team – Michelle, Mike, Lena and Judy – with Guelph’s very own Ian Duncan who set all the scenarios to be judged. Here is a nice AVMA piece on the competition too.

Congratulations to Mike!

Becky on CBC’s Ontario Morning

22 11 2012

Becky on Ontario Morning (she’s about 35 minutes in)!


When monkeys get paid unequally…

22 11 2012

Brilliant find from Maria (from a Frans de Waal TED talk)


The stats paper was unusually hard to read this week

22 11 2012

Becky has set us Newman et al. 1997 this week. … (I find it heavy going: an embarassing admission since it’s written by my husband. Sylvie was not helping…)

Marc Bekoff covers our work in Psychology Today

21 11 2012

You can always count on Marc for some good rabble-rousing!