The Phenomenon of the Lazy Geoff

Dr. Dani Rabaiotti, author of the book Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence, posted a Tweet that went on to tell the story of tracking an urban fox when she was an undergrad. The fox just sat under a shed for three months, which isn’t all that interesting and probably sounded sketchy to her supervising professor. But it is a tale that all animals scientists know, because they have all encountered a “Lazy Geoff.”

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Yeah, tarantulas just walk around in circles when they are confined to a Tupperware bowl.

It’s not just wild animals, either.

There’s a reason the animal kingdom produces examples of the Lazy Geoff.

But why are we making fun of animals that don’t move much? Humans act this way, too. I had an incident in which Facebook required me to download a tracking app to my smartphone in order to keep my blog’s page. I don’t have a smartphone, so goodbye page. They can track my desktop all they want, but it’s not going anywhere. But to be honest, my dumb phone doesn’t go anywhere much, either.

Read many more stories of animals that don’t move enough to justify the expense of tracking them under this Tweet. -via Metafilter

Source: neatorama

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