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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
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.