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zzzzz Thu 21-Feb-13 20:58:00

I found this when looking for something else. Perhaps we should get it stuck somewhere so newcomers don't think we're totally barmy with all our honking.


I came across this earlier and it summed up the way this board has helped me.

Fact 1:

As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.


People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.

Fact 2:

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.


If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Fact 3:

The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.


We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement is the quality of honking we seek.

Honk, honk... honk, honk, honk...... honk, honk... honk, honk, honk...... honk, honk...


deadwitchproject Sat 14-Mar-15 10:33:12

Ah! I've always wondered what the honking, geese and carrots were all about. I thought the honking was part of a celebration, like when the wedding cars set off and people honk their horns.

Love this explanation, absolutely brilliant.


senvet Fri 13-Mar-15 22:14:09


PolterGoose Fri 13-Mar-15 20:56:30

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WintersDayTOWIE Sun 25-Jan-15 17:24:48


BlackeyedSusan Sat 29-Nov-14 22:51:43

now anyone got a reference to those caring carrots? fgrin

BlackeyedSusan Sat 29-Nov-14 22:50:27


bbkl Thu 27-Nov-14 22:40:54

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HHH3 Thu 27-Nov-14 21:31:10

Absolutely love this grin

zzzzz Thu 27-Nov-14 21:13:01

grin ouryve that's brilliant.

I have to say I ALWAYS notice geese now. smile

Lifejustis Thu 27-Nov-14 21:08:57

I'm a newcomer and I wondered about the honking. Good to know smile

ouryve Thu 27-Nov-14 21:03:46

There's some geese on our walk home from school. DS2's started honking back at them grin

zzzzz Thu 27-Nov-14 20:58:05


abstractLucas Sat 09-Aug-14 01:11:49


alwaysrushing Sat 31-May-14 23:22:13

Ohhhhhh.... Now I get it. Love this!!!

Babieseverywhere Fri 30-May-14 16:22:28

Arghh autocorrect

Babieseverywhere Fri 30-May-14 16:21:55

Thanks for the link. ..ghost post beds pinning for the newbies with the carrot post too.

Levi174517 Tue 11-Mar-14 18:35:35


MandaHugNKiss Mon 10-Mar-14 13:52:27

And now the honks make sense! How bloody marvellous.

Levi174517 Sun 09-Mar-14 22:10:24

I haven't noticed any honking yet. I'd have assumed it was just making noise to show support.

It's a lovely idea - I shall think of SN board mumsnetters every time I'm at the park now.

FancyAnOlive Sun 09-Mar-14 06:51:50

Ah! I did wonder about the honking! Thanks for that.

trulymadlydeeplyunlikeable Sat 08-Mar-14 22:57:40

honk honk

TOWIE2014 Sat 15-Feb-14 16:06:34

Time for a bumpty bump.

Lets have some honks!

<honk> <honk>

lougle Mon 06-Jan-14 10:29:06

Well done, Ellen smile

Bump! This is not an 'in joke!'

Lesley25 Sun 03-Nov-13 06:18:28


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