Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time

By Grant Jacobs 28/10/2009

While searching for something interesting to write about I visited PLoS One, an open-access journal. Right at the top of the list of Most Recent Articles was Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time, which you have to say is something of an attention-getting article title…

A quick search reveals that unfortunately Ed Yong, a full-time science writer who writes the Not Exactly Rocket Science blog, has beaten me to it (sigh). His article is in his usual excellent style and I’ll bow out and point you in his direction.

0 Responses to “Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time”

  • Horrakopotchkin – how did you beat me to that one? You fiend!

  • If you think I’m quick, Ed was amazingly fast. Mind you, being right on the top of the list, it must have been a sitter… I did toy with writing my own take—there’s plenty of scope for that after all—but I decided in the end that Ed had it covered, really.

    PS: My dictionary doesn’t know what a Horrakopotchkin is 🙂
    (It does know what a fiend is, though…) Google suggests it’s character in a kid’s story-book—?

  • Horrakapotchkin – I may well have spelled it wrong! – is a favourite exclamation in some of Margaret Mahy’s books for younger children. (I’ve tried using it in place of other, pithier, exclamations when there is a need to keep things seemly 🙂 )

    If I was a heroine in an early B&W movie, I would probably moan ‘you fiend’ *pressing hand to brow & preparing to swoon* when the villain (all dressed in black & twirling his mustache) made his move. But I’m not… 🙂

  • And the fact that I can tell the story without becoming completely hysterical with giggles seems to have earned me a spot as an after-dinner speaker 🙂

  • >This work has just won an Ignoble Prize for 2010

    Well it would, wouldn’t it.

  • If you think about it the “it would” is really only because of human cultural (or mostly Western cultural) issues. Behavioural studies have plenty of other unexpected things, which aren’t as readily controversial in terms of human culture.

    I like the award to the economists for showing that management would be better to make promotions at random. At first glance this seems daft, but if it says that the promotions they observed must have been worse than promoting by chance, this raises a few interesting questions…!

  • As if the fellatio title needed to be outdone, Clara Moskowitz has produced a top-ten countdown titled “Why So Many Animals Evolved to Masturbate”:


    Of course it includes the ground squirrel study, which I recall Ed Yong covering. (Or was it Carl Zimmer?)

    The title needs a little bashing, though. I doubt very much that they evolved (in order) to masturbate, but that it’s a side-effect as it were.