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Love is the plan, the plan is death

It's well known that in some spider species, females eat their mates after mating with them.

It has come to light that in at least one species the male in this situation is not killed by the female, but dies spontaneously after copulation. The male inserts his sperm-bearing palps into the female's genital opening. This not only releases his sperm into her, but importantly—from the male spider's point of view—blocks the female's genitalia so that no other males can mate with her. Then the male immediately dies. And the female eats him, except for his palps, which are still stuck in her, um, thing.

I suppose an al fresco lunch is a reasonable response to having a dead male corpse which is much smaller than you are stuck to your generative organs. It would be morbid to carry your dead mate around with you until the corpse dried out and broke into pieces, or decayed. It would arouse unfavorable comment. "Oh, look, isn't that Harry's decaying corpse hanging off Lucille's tush? And I didn't even know they were dating."


 

KEN

meaning: item, matter

事件 == jiken == event, incident, case, plot, scandal, trouble
物件 == bukken == article, thing


Left radical is 'person' (人), right radical is 'cow' (牛), and originally referred to a person leading a cow. This led to meaning 'sorting items', and ultimately to meaning 'item that needs to be dealt with'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Person leading away cow is a serious matter.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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