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2009-07-01 14:44:38

A Japanese study indicates pigeons can be trained to tell the difference between good and bad paintings. Keio University Professor Shigeru Watanabe said his team discovered pigeons use color, texture and pattern cues to judge a paintings" beauty as defined by humans. In the study, watercolor and pastel paintings by children were classified by an art teacher and 10 other adults as either good or bad. The paintings, the researchers said, were considered good when images were clear and...

2009-06-30 12:11:47

Pigeons could be art critics yet, according to a new study1 which shows that like humans, pigeons can be trained to tell the difference between "Ëœgood' and "Ëœbad' paintings. According to Professor Shigeru Watanabe from Keio University in Japan, pigeons use both color and pattern cues to judge the paintings' beauty as defined by humans, as well as their texture.  Professor Watanabe's work has just been published online in Springer's journal, Animal Cognition.The...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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