Kiiking

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When you were a kid, did you ever try to swing so high that you could touch the sky? Well, this video is a wee demonstration of one of the activities that my host in Helsinki is planning on doing while I am there to show me how the Finns entertain themselves — impressive! I hope he doesn’t eat anything before he does that, or he might end up wearing it [1:51].

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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Kiiking

  1. Tabor says:

    So you are now headed to Scandanavia? Cool and what is up with that? I have be remiss in visiting here EVERY day…so missed the post about a new trip.

  2. mus says:

    Reminds me of the mythbusters…

  3. Heather says:

    Wow! That looks scary. You’d better hang on tightly if you go on that type of swing. I wonder if they have any safety precautions.

  4. well, tabor, i will visiting a friend whom i met for the first time when i was in london.
    heather — i was surprised that the guy didn’t wear a helmet, but then realized that a helmet only keeps your head intact but doesn’t prevent a broken neck when you fall ..