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Men just want to get ahead (no this isn’t dirty)

07 Feb

Two experiments; same results

Experiment#1: What’s the least part of a female turkey that is sufficient to arouse a male turkey? (by Carbaugh, Schein and Hale 1962)

Experiment #2: “[what’s] the lower limit to how awful a person could be before men would stop messaging her on an online dating site?” (by Alli Reed, 2014)

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Carbaugh et al. added their research, done at Penn State University, to a surprisingly large amount of previous work analyzing the extent to which a number of birds responded socially and sexually to minimal stimulations. In one paper (Lorenz, 1937), demonstrated that parakeets would respond to a small celluloid ball mimicking the head of another bird. Wood-Gush showed that a stuffed bird in a crouched position was sufficient to excite a young male chicken (1957).

So, naturally, the Carbaugh, et al had to see what parts of the whole, when severed and mounted, would make a male turkey ‘hot’?

Three things stand out to me from this paper:

  1. The images the researchers drew to represent different parts of the birds being used.

Image2. This photo of a turkey sizing up a potential mate

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Ooooo la la

3. That it really only takes a head on a stick

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In a very similar experiment, Alli Reed, writing on Cracked.com, created the worst, most obnoxious personal ad paired with a picture of an attractive woman’s face to see whether the personal information accompanying the ad would do anything to deter men from trying to contact a woman.

ImageI heard about this story during her appearance on this week’s Freakonomics radio podcast. Her personal ad, which you can find published on cracked, portays a young woman with scruples the likes of which Dick Dastardly would find loathsome. She’s looking for a rich man to party with her, taunt homeless people, listen to pop- super-nobody Aaron Carter (this is a link to a fan site – beware), and possibly finance her idea for a matching doggie clothes / iPhone case business (ps – Paris Hilton would probably establish a standing order with you, Alli).Image

Despite this, AaronCarterFan got 150 messages in 24 hours. Go read her article. And you’ll see that human males pretty much have no higher standards than these birds we were just laughing about.

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3 Comments

Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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3 responses to “Men just want to get ahead (no this isn’t dirty)

  1. ratabago

    February 8, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I like image 1, it reminds me of “Rosetta Stones” for secret message systems from my Father’s old “Boy’s Own Annuals”. It’s also peculiar that turkeys seem to find turkey tails anti-erotic.

    As for Alli Reed’s article, her profile did hold out a promise of casual sex. I’m sure there are plenty of guys out there short sighted enough that that and the photo were all they saw. It just takes the right bait. Which reminds me of this early Calvin and Hobbes comic: http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2007/01/01#.UvWBRLRWVaQ.

     
  2. Adam D. Jansen

    February 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Maybe the men thought AaronCarterFan was joking, because she was too outrageous to take seriously.

     
    • downhousesoftware

      February 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      That’s certainly possible. It’s not exactly a controlled experiment, but it’s funny nonetheless.

       

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