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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
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.