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Male cuttlefish try to avoid fighting other males over mating rights, and new research from Macquarie University in Sydney has revealed the trick one species can play to look harmless: it can imitate male and female simultaneously. Changing colours and patterns is well-known among sea creatures like cuttlefish, squid and octopus …

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Tommy Cooper...

... used to do a comedy routine like that!

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Buggered

I think they need to study on their conclusions a bit more. Showing your 'girly' side to horny males looks like a great way to get buggered. Just all those guys in prison.

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Re: Buggered

Rape jokes are not funny.

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Re: Buggered

And you're an English pussy. So there. Everyone is happy now.

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Isn't there...

... a cuttlefish over WA-way which we already knew did the whole "passing myself off as a female to get pass the Alpha male" trick?

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Re: Isn't there...

Memory didn't fail me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepia_apama

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AFAIK, Sepia Apama males adopt a uniformly female colour scheme to get past other males. They don't simultaneously wear a lacy dress on one side and a sharp suit on the other.

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But it still doesn't...

interest a dead parrot.

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Re: But it still doesn't...

Doesn't seem to interest live ones much either. My budgie largely ignores his although he does occasionally give it a bit of a gnaw. It's supposed to be keeping his beak trimmed but either he's not using it enough or (more likely I think) bone is just not hard enough to do the job.

His only significant use for it is when travelling he likes to stand on it. Quite why is a mystery. It's not the highest point in his cage and the edges are a bit sharp so probably not very comfortable. Personally I think he does it mainly because he's a pillock :)

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Re: But it still doesn't...

Bird brain. There is a reason.

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If you think that's interesting .....

If you think that's interesting, search for "bilaterally gynandromorphic chicken" -- and be prepare to be surprised.

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Cuttlefish and septics

One is more intelligent than the other. Discuss.

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It's like the tackle between the legs thing --- from the front, female, from behind, argh, I feel ill.

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There's

blokes all over England who'll never get over something similar that happened to them in a Thai bar

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New Ubuntu Linux release name

I think Richard Chirgwin just coined the name for the next release of Ubuntu Linux. ;-)

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