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Oddities News Archive - November 14, 2011

Deceitful Spider Pays For Sex And Plays Dead

Male nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) prepare silk-wrapped gifts to give to potential mates, and will also 'play dead' if a female moves away and then attempt to re-establish mating.

Word of the Day
overword
  • To say in too many words; to express verbosely.
  • To express in too many words: sometimes used reflexively.
  • The leading idea or a repeated phrase, as of a song or ballad; the refrain; burden.
The word 'overword' comes from over- +‎ word.