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December 5, 2013 9:51 PM   Subscribe

Sleepy, sleepy ostriches. According to this PLOS One article, "the amount of REM sleep in ostriches is greater than in any other bird." Here's a simplified article about that study, featuring video of three of the ostriches from that study experiencing [well-labelled] slow-wave and REM sleep. Here's one tired ostrich, succumbing to slumber around 0:50. And here's the cute baby ostrich who just can't stay awake. If this all's making you snoozy, you may need an ostrich pillow.
posted by not_on_display (10 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wearing one of those pillows on the bus would be a guaranteed way of getting the whole bench to yourself.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:19 PM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man, ratites are ridiculous.
posted by aubilenon at 10:33 PM on December 5, 2013


That ostrich pillow looks like something you'd unlock in Hotline: Miami.
posted by Mitrovarr at 10:34 PM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


The ostrich pillow looks like something where I'd wake up drenched in sweat from an unsettling dream about suffocation and claustrophobia.
posted by figurant at 10:53 PM on December 5, 2013


i am ostrichen by that video. just sic.
posted by Colonel Panic at 2:09 AM on December 6, 2013



Wearing one of those pillows on the bus would be a guaranteed way of getting the whole bench to yourself.

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posted by Colonel Panic at 2:11 AM on December 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


You say "the whole bench to yourself" as if this were a bad thing?
posted by idiopath at 2:56 AM on December 6, 2013


Ozzztrich
posted by scruss at 4:36 AM on December 6, 2013


You say "the whole bench to yourself" as if this were a bad thing?

Not at all. In fact, bonus points for actually boarding the bus while wearing the pillow.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:46 AM on December 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


Seeing that closeup of an ostrich's head, I'm struck by how their eyes make them look like the stereotypical lady version of male cartoon ostrich.

Female? Throw some eyelashes on there.
posted by brundlefly at 9:07 AM on December 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


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