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Oddities News Archive - September 28, 2011

Female Mate Searching Evolves When Mating Gifts Are Important

In the animal world, males typically search for their female partners. The mystery is that in some species, you get a reversal -- the females search for males.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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