Thursday, June 07, 2007

A little levity

Want to peek into the sex life of birds and consider the parallels to humans? A 2003 book called A Tiger in the Bedroom: Lessons from Mother Nature's Sex Shop provides a window -- and some chuckles during long workdays. Written by Katherine Gould, the book includes a bibliography of sources to reassure readers that Gould didn't make up the info.

For instance, Chapter 1 -- Lower Your Standards or Strategies for getting a date -- includes this advice:

Don't Pry
Looking beautiful can be hard work, and sometimes the process isn't pretty. The Egyptian vulture is a very beautiful bird with fluffy white feathers on its head and shoulders, and a bright yellow face. It's the yellow face that other Egyptian vultures consider sexy -- the yellower the better. But how does a vulture get such a striking face? By eating the dung of cows, goats, and sheep, that's how.

Do yourself a favor; admire your date's good looks, but don't ask too many questions about her beauty routine.

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