Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Self-Castration During Sex A "Win-Win" For Male Spiders

"He achieves continuous sperm transfer after having been removed by the aggressive female, or has moved away himself. At the same time, his palp (sexual organ) plugs the female, thereby monopolizing her."
Arachnologist Matjaz Kuntner describes the findings of a study wherein 90 percent of male spiders were observed cutting off their penises during sex, which increases the chances of successful impregnation and also of the males escaping from their mates, who generally try to eat them after copulation.

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ow that hurt (#3,919)

So, do these spiders grow another one? Or to they have to buy another one online?
And will it fit, or can they return it? Maybe they have them at Duane Reade?

The James Franco film is in development!

Bobby Womack (#4,074)

I spent one summer during middle school at one of those fancy learning camps in the Northeast where the kids take classes in things like forensic analysis and role playing games instead of doing the ropes course.

The camp was situated on a college campus, and there was a camper-run radio station that took advantage of the college's broadcast studio. Some of the classrooms tuned in to the radio station all day, and most of the content was harmless pop music and announcements. Towards the end of the summer, one of the campers must have switched the CDs (or tapes? I don't know how radio stations functioned in the nineties) when the counselor wasn't looking.

I was sitting in my rocketry class, probably gluing fins on to something (I was no von Braun), and all of a sudden we hear the delayed, echoed guitars that open 'Detachable Penis,' and everyone's head cranes up to look at the speaker built in to the wall. Five seconds later, the entire class of 13-year olds bursts in to laughter, and our counselor sprints out of the classroom. The laughter and the song continue for about a minute, before 'What the fuck?' is broadcast to half the camp, and the program cuts off.

Joey Camire (#6,325)

There is a fun song by the Australian group TISM called "Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me" that has a whole verse about this concept.

"All loves have to die – of that there's no help/My favourite way to end em'/ Is the orb-weaver spider's, whose pedipalp/ Enters the female pudendum,/Then dies/ on the spot, his corpse there still stuck,/Left for his rivals to curse it./He would rather die than not get to fuck:/ Personally, I reckon it's worth it"

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