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Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates
National Geographic ^ | 10/8/13 | Ed Yong

Posted on 10/08/2013 10:32:52 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

It’s August in Australia, and a small, mouse-like creature called an antechinus is busy killing himself through sex. He was a virgin until now, but for two to three weeks, this little lothario goes at it non-stop. He mates with as many females as he can, in violent, frenetic encounters that can each last up to 14 hours. He does little else.

A month ago, he irreversibly stopped making sperm, so he’s got all that he will ever have. This burst of speed-mating is his one chance to pass his genes on to the next generation, and he will die trying. He exhausts himself so thoroughly that his body starts to fall apart. His blood courses with testosterone and stress hormones. His fur falls off. He bleeds internally. His immune system fails to fight off incoming infections, and he becomes riddled with gangrene.

He’s a complete mess, but he’s still after sex. “By the end of the mating season, physically disintegrating males may run around frantically searching for last mating opportunities,” says Diana Fisher from the University of Queensland. “By that time, females are, not surprisingly, avoiding them.”

Soon, it’s all over. A few weeks shy of his first birthday, he is dead, along with every other male antechinus in the area.

(Excerpt) Read more at phenomena.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: napl; sex
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When I was a teenage boy, that's how I would've wanted to go.
1 posted on 10/08/2013 10:32:52 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Ladies and Gentlemen, the mascot for Planned Parenthood.


2 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The Anthony Weiner of the natural world.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 10:35:10 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

At least Carlos Danger only disintegrated politically.


4 posted on 10/08/2013 10:39:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Mother Nature is a bitch.


5 posted on 10/08/2013 10:39:59 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender

The male praying mantis agrees.


6 posted on 10/08/2013 10:41:47 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Looks like a species of possum (i.e. versus opossum, which refers to the species in the Americas; the two words were once one).


7 posted on 10/08/2013 10:43:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Slings and Arrows

The male antechinus is still luckier than male mantids and male spiders . . . at least his first girlfriend doesn’t kill and eat him.


8 posted on 10/08/2013 10:44:38 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sounds like schoolies (end of school year summer break week) in Surfers Paradise!


9 posted on 10/08/2013 10:47:50 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

at least they aren’t gay


10 posted on 10/08/2013 10:50:00 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Vince Ferrer
The Anthony Weiner of the natural world.

I don't think so. Weiner sits for still photographs; all show and no go.

11 posted on 10/08/2013 10:52:08 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: woofie

Maybe not, but their life sure sounds like that of some gay men.


12 posted on 10/08/2013 10:52:28 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: melsec

They do it until they get gangrene?


13 posted on 10/08/2013 10:52:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Olog-hai

That’s because antechinus’s don’t have family courts.


14 posted on 10/08/2013 10:55:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

SSSEEEEXXXXXX!

15 posted on 10/08/2013 10:59:32 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I wonder if evolutionists will jump all over the fact that they’ve found the missing link; the ancestor to the Muslim world, a population of men who will rape any female until eventually they fall apart and die.
16 posted on 10/08/2013 11:00:40 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

No but they might need a few shots by the time they get home!


17 posted on 10/08/2013 11:02:25 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: melsec

It ain’t a Spring Break until the Infectious Disease doc says “You’ve got WHAT?!”


18 posted on 10/08/2013 11:03:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Death by Snu-Snu!


19 posted on 10/08/2013 11:04:35 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: kingu

I thought Mohammedans preferred little boys and goats. (Not necessarily in that order.)


20 posted on 10/08/2013 11:05:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

Literally.


21 posted on 10/08/2013 11:05:46 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Mantids and spiders either.


22 posted on 10/08/2013 11:12:20 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Slings and Arrows; shibumi

Every biker party I’ve ever been to.


23 posted on 10/08/2013 11:17:11 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: ApplegateRanch

LMAO!


24 posted on 10/08/2013 11:18:15 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: ConservativeTeen

I will forever regret Googling “Snu-Snu”.


25 posted on 10/08/2013 11:20:41 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s the literal translation of ‘F*** Off And Die.”


26 posted on 10/08/2013 11:20:58 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sounds like the average homosexual, although they prefer sodomy to mating.


27 posted on 10/08/2013 11:21:57 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"He mates with as many females as he can, in violent, frenetic encounters that can each last up to 14 hours. He does little else."

Reminds me of my early 20's.

Being in a popular local rock band had its perks...

28 posted on 10/08/2013 11:23:26 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Salamander; ConservativeTeen; Slings and Arrows
"Snu-Snu"

I thought it was an abbreviation for Southern Nethodist University.

As an aside - Conservative Teen - You've been on here it says since 2001. Don't you think you should petition JimRob for a new handle? Or are you living out Rod Stewart's "Forever Young?"
29 posted on 10/08/2013 11:29:23 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi; ConservativeTeen

Shhhhhhhh!

30 posted on 10/08/2013 11:37:32 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: shibumi

What are you saying? I cannot be a teenager forever? How judgmental of you!

But yes, I am 8 years overdue for a new handle. I am not really good with names and ConservativeLateTwenties does not have quite the same ring to it.


31 posted on 10/08/2013 11:38:33 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: Salamander

...but with less gangrene, I hope.


32 posted on 10/08/2013 11:45:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Or an episode of “Sex and The City.”


33 posted on 10/08/2013 11:46:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

“PostWhipperSnapper”

“PriusMediusAntiquus”

“ChicoCabezaMocos”

Need more?


34 posted on 10/08/2013 11:47:58 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Women will do that to you


35 posted on 10/08/2013 11:51:10 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Knew a guy like that in high school, way back in the day.


36 posted on 10/08/2013 11:51:52 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Salamander
As you know, I *LOVE* Ivan Albright.

One of the few remaining good reasons to travel into Chicago is to visit his work at the Art Institute, where hangs, by the way, this masterpiece:



"That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do"

37 posted on 10/08/2013 11:58:57 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Lazamataz

I can’t BELIEVE nobody’s pinged Laz!


38 posted on 10/09/2013 12:00:02 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool

He’s busy.


39 posted on 10/09/2013 12:02:18 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates

Before:

After:


40 posted on 10/09/2013 12:07:16 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

You win!


41 posted on 10/09/2013 12:14:23 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
You win!

I can't not! ; )

42 posted on 10/09/2013 12:27:47 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

LOL


43 posted on 10/09/2013 12:31:38 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Slings and Arrows

Depends on whether it’s the ‘graybeards’ or ‘saddlebags’ you’re talking about...:)


44 posted on 10/09/2013 12:43:55 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: shibumi
The stuff of screaming meemie nightmares.


45 posted on 10/09/2013 12:50:46 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Talisker

Latin name: cigar sinkemperor


46 posted on 10/09/2013 12:51:36 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Salamander

I’ve always been fascinated by that painting, Ivan Albright’s “The Picture Of Dorian Gray”. He painted most of his works in a style called “ugly realism”. I guess his theme was to show that mortality is just plain gross.


47 posted on 10/09/2013 1:00:15 AM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: Talisker

Is it just me, or does Clinton look like he’s wearing orange jailhouse duds?


48 posted on 10/09/2013 1:04:32 AM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s like a Bill Clinton mouse.


49 posted on 10/09/2013 1:10:03 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: jespasinthru

I’m sorry he’s gone.

Would have been interesting to see his version of Obeyme on a unicorn.

;]


50 posted on 10/09/2013 1:10:53 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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