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Topic: OT: Another small sample study - deer do prefer to (10 msgs / 146 lines)
1) From: Robert Yoder
Dear Jim,
 
This post has forced me to hitherto unreached pinnacles of restraint! So many tag lines, so little time!
 
robert yoder> From: pecanjim> To: homeroast> Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 23:22:48 -0500> Subject: [Homeroast] OT: Another small sample study - deer do prefer to poop in the middle of the road> > This is WAY off topic but since it is a direct spin-off from the small > sample discussion on this list I thought I would go ahead and post it > here.> > Background: I have a path that I take the dogs on a walk almost every > morning that is about 6,032 feet round trip. Slightly more than half > of the path follows a 20 foot wide newly paved road that dead ends at > an 80 foot diameter paved turn-around. The road is for a new > development that has not gotten off the ground and over the past two > years I have only seen three cars on the road while I was walking. > During this time I have noticed that the deer poop that shows up on > the road clearly tend to be clustered toward the center of the road. > When the remnants of Fay arrived, stayed a wh
 ile, and finally moved on > she left well over a foot of rain here and washed all the old deer > poop off the road.> > Today: Thinking about the small sample issue, I decided to collect > data when I took the dogs on our daily walk. I took a tape measure > and measured the distance from the center of the road for each of the > sixteen instances of deer poop deposited since Fay did her cleaning > job. I then classified those within five feet as in the middle half, > or center, and those between five feet and ten feet as on the outside > half. Final count is three on the outside and thirteen in the > middle. And two of the three I classified as outside were actually on > the five foot line but were more on the outside than inside. I > calculated a binomial test for the center count being higher than 50% > and got p=.0021, statistically significant with an n of only 16. I > am now confident, using a statistician's equivalent of beyond a > reasonable doubt, that deer do indeed p
 refer to poop in the middle of > the road. Why do deer prefer to poop in the middle of the road? > Rather than fill the list more of an OT thread, anyone interested in > my thinking can send me a reply email and I will reply individually > with my theory of why I think deer prefer to poop in the middle of the > road.> > pecan jim in La Place, which is no longer an official place, > Alabama.>> Homeroast mailing list> Homeroast>http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20See what people are saying about Windows Live.  Check out featured posts.http://www.windowslive.com/connect?ocidT_TAGLM_WL_connect2_082008Homeroast mailing list">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.com>Homeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20See what people are saying about Windows Live.  Check out featured posts.http://www.windowslive.com/connect?ocidT_TAGLM_WL_connect2_082008Homeroast mailing list
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2) From: Lynne
Oh, dear, dear, Pecan Jim... is this the result of too many Kopi Luwak and
Jacu roasts???
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3) From: Michael Wascher
Oh no -- somebody on the list will start feeding greens to deer now!
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4) From: Lynne
Bambi Select!
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5) From: Paul Helbert
In the spirit of the coffeehouse, I would like to see Jim's theory.
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6) From: Barry Luterman
Back in Graduate school we used the amount of rat poop as an indirect
measurement of rat anxiety. If the same is true of deer. Then one
could conclude that when the deer have to cross the road and get out
from cover anxiety increases as evidenced by the increased poop in the
middle of the road.
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7) From: Lynne
Ah, but Jim said that the road is very seldom used.
The road is for a new development that has not gotten off the ground and
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Jim has another theory - I find it interesting, and I think he should post
it.
Lynne
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8) From: David Martin
On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 9:22 PM, Jim Gundlach  wrote:
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Jim -
Come on, share the love!
Yes, this is completely off topic, but it's not fair to tease people like this.
I can only speak for myself but I think you should share your theory
with everyone on the list. :-)
-Dave
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9) From: Bob Hazen
So Jim....
Why did the >chicken< cross the road?
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10) From: raymanowen
Vacating all restraint, I ask,
Can you imagine the image resulting in the deer's brain with his panoramic
vision, walking down a new street, anywhere but the center of the lane? They
can't really see the centerline, and the resultant image would be
asymmetrical anywhere but strolling down the centerline.
The explanation of the central pavement with poop is obvious; the
non-centered distribution might be attributed to opthalmologic deficit and
warrant further study...
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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