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Cockroaches nibble each other’s wings after sex: study



Cockroaches nibble each other's wings after sex: study

Like an entomological Armie Hammer?

They say cockroaches will inherit the earth. However, it’s a wonder they reproduce at all: Japanese researchers revealed that these household pests have a penchant for biting their mate’s wings while getting jiggy with it.

“Within mating pairs of a wood‐feeding cockroach, males and females eat the mate’s wings . . . which is the first ‘mutual’ case in these behaviors,” said Haruka Osaki and Eiiti Kasuya from Kyushu University’s Department of Biology. They authored the kinky study, which was published in the science journal Ethology.

Osaki first stumbled upon the consensual cannibalism while collecting the wood-eating roaches — which are dark and glossy and grow up to an inch long — in the wild as a biology student. She noticed that their wings looked like they may have been “chewed.”

In order to decipher the bizarre bug bites, the research gathered young adult cockroaches from Yona Field in Okinawa, Japan, and put them in lab containers, creating 24 couples. She then videotaped their behavior over four days.

Osaki found that half of the pairs engaged in wing-eating. Specifically, one roach would mount its mate and start chewing on their flying appendages before they would switch positions so the other could have a nibble.

And while some of the munched-on bugs would shudder violently, prompting their paramour to take a break from their ghoulish meal, a majority didn’t seem to mind having their wings clipped.

This makes the species the first-known practitioners of mutual sexual cannibalism, which differs from most iterations in which the dominant partner kills the other. Perhaps the most infamous example of intraspecies snacking is female praying mantises devouring their hubby’s head mid-coitus in order to increase the potential for offspring.

Scientists haven’t nailed down why exactly cockroaches de-wing each other during sex. However, unlike mantises, these kitchen pillagers likely don’t gnaw for sustenance — as the sexperiment’s subjects engaged in the practice even when “sufficient food was provided,” per the study.

Researchers postulate that wing-removal helps prevent the adults from being encumbered by unnecessary appendages, especially as the wings are magnets for mites and mold.

Not to mention that losing their wings frees up the monogamous species to invest more in caring for their progeny.

It would appear that marriage literally keeps them grounded.

“Mutual wing‐eating may be an example of true cooperation and may help explain some interactions between females and males from a new viewpoint,” said Osaki of the findings.

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‘Arses’ on the line? Brits fear for Scrabble crackdown on ‘offensive’ words




‘Arses’ on the line? Brits fear for Scrabble crackdown on ‘offensive’ words

Toy giant Mattel plans to scrub the U.K. versions of Scrabble of hundreds of “offensive” words — leaving game-loving Brits clutching their “boobies” for fear of losing their “arses.”

Other prized words, such as “goolies,” “wrinklies,” “boffing,” “farting” and “fatso,” may also wind up on the wrong side of the official Scrabble lexicon, British aficionados of the little square tiles now worry.

“The woke brigade is ruining our game,” two-time British Scrabble champ Craig Beevers griped to The Scottish Sun.

“I feel this will be the final nail in the coffin for a lot of competitive players,” Beevers added.
Mattel, which owns the rights to Scrabble outside the U.S., isn’t tipping its rack of letters just yet — but The Sun claims the game maker’s in-progress list of forbidden words will run to 400, and reportedly be a worldwide push.

“In Scrabble — as in life — the words we choose matter,” a Mattel exec told the outlet.
Brett Smitheram, a rep for the Association of British Scrabble Players, told The Post Saturday that words are indeed “being compiled for deletion” by Mattel.

“It’s not the Scrabble associations doing it — more that Mattel has decided it has to be done and are compiling the list themselves,” said Smitheram, who is the 2016 World Scrabble Champion.

“Scrabble associations are left with the choice of accepting the new list or really ceasing to be able to use the name “Scrabble” at all.”

Mattel seems intent on removing words that might be seen as derogatory or rude, Smitheram said.

But some alleged offenders may well be salvaged.

“I don’t think that ‘farting’ or similar will be removed,” Smitheram said.

The list is still under discussion, he continued — but not by members of his association’s “Dictionary Committee,” which he said has resigned in protest from the effort.

“This decision isn’t being made by lexicographers,” Smitheram scoffed. “So it’s not likely to create a technically robust word list.”

The effort is reminiscent of a purge of “offensive” Scrabble words from the U.S. version of the game last year.

That time, The North American Scrabble Players Association eliminated 236 words, including racial slurs and other bigoted terms from the official Scrabble word list used at tournaments, a culling made with the support of Hasbro, which owns the rights to the game in North America.

Mattel reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Al Capone’s niece recalls him fondly, says his $100M is stashed somewhere




Al Capone’s niece recalls him fondly, says his $100M is stashed somewhere

Al Capone’s 80-year-old great-niece says she believes the legend that $100 million of the Chicago mobster’s money may be stashed somewhere but said knowledge of the location died with him.

“If it’s anywhere it would be Chicago,” Deirdre Capone told the Sun. “I also believe they have a lot of dealings in Cuba. I believe a lot of money was in safety deposit boxes in Cuba. But I have to let that be now.”

She told the Sun from her home in Florida that she’s “probably the last person on this Earth” to have really known him. She spoke of a new movie about her beloved “Uncle Al” being released on Netflix this week.

British actor Tom Hardy, complete with prosthetics, stars in the biopic “Capone.”

Deirdre, who was 7 when Capone died following a stroke in January, 1947, says the gangster had a sweet side and liked to teach her how to make spaghetti.

Al Capone was her grandfather Ralph’s younger brother.

Ralph was nicknamed “Bottles” for his role in the Capone bootleg empire, the Chicago Outfit, which made its fortune during Prohibition. Deirdre said Ralph was in charge but Al was the front man.

“Al loved the limelight, loved to be out with a beautiful woman on his arm. My grandfather hated it,” she said.

She insisted her relatives had nothing to do with the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, in which seven rival mobsters were killed giving Al Capone the title of “Public Enemy No 1.”

Capone wound up in Alcatraz and Deirdre says he loathed his stint in the island prison. “He couldn’t talk about it, it was so horrific,” she says.

Hardy portrays Capone in the period after his release from the prison — the last years of his life. The mobster died on January 25, 1947 at age 48.

According to the movie, Capone is beset with dementia, with the mental age of a 12-year-old.

Deirdre agrees that by the time he was released his mental state had deteriorated shockingly, but insists this was due to mercury injections she claims were given to him to treat syphilis.

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Fort Lauderdale party spot bans spring breakers




A college athlete is thrown in the air by a group of men on the beach to celebrate spring break, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., March 5, 2021.

The coronavirus is causing one Florida hotspot to cancel spring break.

The Wharf in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, posted a notice on Instagram that through the end of the month, it will only serve out-of-state customers who are 23 years old and up.

And despite partying crowds on the beaches during the day Friday, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that The Wharf had a sparse, socially distanced crowd.

The Wharf was closed for months in 2020, and reopened for just two days in November when social media exploded over pictures and videos of packed, maskless crowds of young people. It was cited three times in one day for violating mask and social distance rules. The outdoor club, which spun off from its first location in Miami in 2019, reopened again in January with a variety of measures in place, like acrylic barriers on the bar.

Across Florida, elected officials and business owners are trying to dissuade spring breakers from crowding their beaches, streets and bars. Miami Beach has banned booze on the sand and set a curfew to limit its famed nightlife, while Fort Lauderdale is heavily enforcing social distancing and mask mandates.

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