Quantcast

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
gammon
  • To play, gamble.
  • To impose upon; delude; trick; humbug; also, to joke; chaff.
  • A deceitful game or trick; trickery; humbug; nonsense.
The word 'gammon' in the sense of 'joke, trick' may come from 'backgammon'.
Related