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Male Spiders May Break Off Genitals To Boost Paternity
2012-02-01 09:13:18

Perhaps it is not a thought that crosses the minds of the average male, but spiders have more to consider than most other creatures when it comes to choosing a mate. Biologists have long known that some male spiders sacrifice their genitals in the act of reproduction and that doing so leaves them sterile, but no one could adequately explain why this was so. An answer, however, may now be at hand following a series of meticulous experiments by Daiqin Li, a behavioral ecologist at the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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