Aug 29 2011

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Titillating titles

Someone had to know what they were doing, mixing “flash”, “tits”, and “sperm” all in one short title, “Flashier Great Tits Produce Stronger Sperm, Bird Study Shows“. I don’t care what the article said, I’m currently having palpitations and am having trouble focusing on my work.


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  1. 1
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    Lovely bird, beautiful plumage.

  2. 2
    Snowshoe the Canuck

    Nice bird, legs are good too.

    The link is NSFW (I’m a teacher at a school with a very narrow net-nanny program). It wouldn’t even let me view USGS sites for a while because of the possibilites of seeing dirty rocks.

  3. 3
    Glen Davidson

    That’s what silicone’s all about, I guess.

    Glen Davidson

  4. 4
    Carbon Based Life Form

    The plumage don’t enter into it.

    A great pair of tits

  5. 5
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao


    Your tits are nice – check out my boobies though.

  6. 6

    Everybody’s a smartass.

  7. 7

    Oooo, pretty teasel!

  8. 8

    Are all ornithologists (not so secretly) godless perverts? I might need to change my area of study…

  9. 9
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    Aw, boo… my bad pun got caught by the filter. It’ll be here in a little bit…

  10. 10

    Somebody light the wÒÓ† signal.

  11. 11

    Birds are awesome. That is all.

  12. 12

    Do I have a cloaca and where is it? It sounds fun!

  13. 13

    Posted in Organisms

    I see.
    At least, I think I see.

  14. 14

    SteveV says:
    I see.
    At least, I think I see.

    You do know SteveV that if you do that you’ll go blind.Just do it until you need glasses :-)

  15. 15
    Dhorvath, OM

    I love feeling fourteen.

  16. 16

    I have a bunch of photos of birds on my flickr account, all titled with the common name of the bird. They all have about 10 or 12 views (no one looks at my flickr account but me) except for the Great Tit, which has hundreds.

  17. 17

    How about that related story at the Nat Geo site?

    It says that great tits are found in gardens throughout most of Europe. And apparently great tits shift mating schedules due to warming. Very nice! I wonder if that also applies to boobies.


    Back to work.

  18. 18

    What’s that – can’t quite read…where’re my glasses…. ah that’s better..
    Huh, bloody Aussies

  19. 19
    Minnie The Finn, Fluffy Pink Bearer of Loose Morals

    Dhorvath: fourteen what?

    Kitteh ate one of those birds earlier this summer. Naughty pussy.

  20. 20
    IndyM, pikčiurna

    Here are my favorite tits.

  21. 21
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    @Minnie the Finn:

    “Feeling fourteen years old.” I would figure.

  22. 22
    cm's changeable moniker (quaint, if not charming)

    Anyone fancy a shag?

  23. 23
    Minnie The Finn, Fluffy Pink Bearer of Loose Morals


    now that would be the obvious explanation, but considering the tone of the thread (it’s all about nature!), I have a niggling feeling that something else might have been implied.

    Or, I just have a dirty mind. Whichever.

  24. 24

    Just don’t mistake Clark’s Nutcracker for one of these Great Tits. The moment you Whip Poor Will out, you realize there won’t be any swallows and start wishing they could all be California Gulls. And that never terns out well…

  25. 25
    Tom Clark

    Please tell me MG made this post.

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