Oddities News Archive - June 01, 2011
A Japanese researcher says that one kind of female butterfly mates only once in its life, and then closes its wings to avoid "harassment" when pursued by persistent and unwanted males.
Word of the Day
- A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
- Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.