Kees Moeliker, chief of the European Bureau of the Annals of Improbable Research, holds up Nature’s Nether Regions at Dead Duck Day 2014 (normally he holds up the duck). Photo by Anjes Gesink.

Nature’s Nether Regions last week featured at the 19th Dead Duck Day in Rotterdam. While the Dutch book launch was going on in Leiden, Kees Moeliker, Ig Nobel Prize winner and European director of the Ig Nobel Bureau (also curator at the Rotterdam Natural History Museum) was, as usual on this date, master of ceremonies at the annual Dead Duck Day in Rotterdam. This event, to commemorate the duck whose death and subsequent defilement is described on pp. 125-126 of Nature’s Nether Regions, takes place each year at the exact site where said duck flew against the museum facade, and highlights both animal misbehavior and the plight of birds colliding with buildings. This year, Dr. Moeliker mentioned the appearance of Nature’s Nether Regions and the role played in it by the dead duck (specimen NMR 9989-00232) lying in front of him. Rumor has it that next year’s 20th Dead Duck Day will feature a reading from the book…

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