Name That List, #55

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • a red football on a conveyor belt
  • a pair of gumboots
  • an electric train
  • a randomly moving robot carrying a lighted candle
  • handlers wearing yellow jackets and constantly honking horns
  • a plastic milk bottle mounted over the engine of a toy electric train
  • a woman named Mia
  • the sound of radio static
  • a bouncy rubber ball
  • a rotating stuffed jungle fowl










Answer:

They're all items that researchers have successfully managed to get young birds (mostly ducks) to imprint on. Young birds will 'imprint' on what they believe to be its mother. Which means they'll follow it around and learn behaviors from it. Researchers (most famously Konrad Lorenz) discovered that, in the absence of a mother, young birds would imprint on just about any moving object — including non-biological ones. So, naturally, researchers set about to test what kind of odd things they could get young birds to imprint on.

More details: "Learning who is your mother", "The man who walked with geese", wikipedia

Reno Gazette Journal - May 10, 1961

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 08, 2019
     Category: Name That List





Comments
I was sure it was a nativity scene meant to illustrate the waste products generated by industry with a complete disregard for our planet's health.

agent j
Posted by agent j on 02/08/19 at 08:05 AM
My guess was "what were the first video memes to go viral."

I'm not sure I'm wrong.
Posted by Phideaux on 02/08/19 at 10:32 AM
I was expecting a recent Art Exhibit.
Posted by Sandra on 02/08/19 at 05:00 PM
I was going to say, “What was the worst Christmas morning ever?”
Posted by Brian on 02/08/19 at 10:43 PM
I got stumped at the gumboots.
Posted by Virtual on 02/09/19 at 11:57 AM









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