Lots of species will go all out to land a mate, but few courtship routines are as elaborate as that of the bowerbird. These birds craft nest-like structures, known as bowers, and decorate them with attention-getting items. Females tour many of these local bowers, assessing both structure and suitor before selecting a mate.
Male satin bowerbirds festoon the front terraces of their bowers with shiny or colored objects, preferring those of a vivid blue hue.
Bowerbirds don’t discriminate when hunting for objects to add to their bowers, displaying natural treasures like fresh flowers, feathers, and cicada wings alongside objects like ballpoint pen lids and bottlecaps.
Decorating a bower doesn’t end at displaying objects. Some satin bowerbirds mix plant material with saliva to make a “paint” they spread over their bower walls.
Competition for bower decorations is fierce, and male bowerbirds will steal desirable trinkets from other bowers to improve their own.
If a female admires a bower, she enters it, but the mating ritual isn’t over. The male then proceeds to perform a dance while holding a favorite trinket in his beak.
Finally, the wait is over! The project that Funymony and I have been working on can see the light of day. Introducing the first episode of How to be O.P., a new animated web series that will be featured on Polaris!
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13% of online adults use the status update service Twitter, which represents a significant increase from the 8% of online adults who identified themselves as Twitter users in November 2010. 95% of Twitter users own a mobile phone, and half of these users access the service on their handheld device.
As in our previous research on Twitter use, African Americans and Latinos continue to have high rates of adoption of the service. Fully 25% of online African Americans use Twitter at least occasionally, with 11% doing so on a typical day.
Additionally, Twitter use by internet users ages 25-34 has doubled since late 2010 (from 9% to 19%) and usage by those ages 35-44 has also grown significantly (from 8% to 14%). Read more…
What’s the best thing you’ve heard at the stage door? Daveed Diggs: They’re like, “We’re clipping!” And they play that screechy noise from their phones. Only three of you know what I’m talking about. Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Will you write this down in your handwriting so that I can get a tattoo of it?” Bad idea. My hand-writing is really bad. Renée Elise Goldsberry: “Thank you.” I find it strange to walk out after receiving something so great personally and somebody says to me, “Thank you.” Phillipa Soo: Something strange and amazing is that somebody asked me to sign their face. It was with a permanent marker and I was like, “Um, that’s kind of toxic"…so I signed the arm. But then everybody else signed her face so then I felt a little bit bad that I didn’t. I think the best I’ve heard is a lot of young Asian-American women coming up to me and saying thank you for representing Asian-American women. Chris Jackson: "Benny, you were great as George Washington!” Okieriete Onaodowan: “Can I touch you?” To which I say, "Well, let’s unpack this. How do you want to touch me?” Jonathan Groff: “I know you have a mole on your left butt cheek.” Leslie Odom, Jr.: “Have you seen the mole on Jonathan’s left butt cheek?” -
If you could change roles [and play] anybody in the show, who would it be? Diggs: Angelica Miranda: Lafayette Goldsberry: Aaron Burr Soo: Hercules Mulligan Jackson: Jonathan Groff, he’s onstage for five minutes! Groff: Angelica Onaodowan: Angelica* Odom, Jr.: Eliza Miranda: I think we have our next Ham4Ham.
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Ruby slipper-wearing Judy Garland was one of the most beloved actresses of Hollywood’s golden era. While her sudden passing was unfortunate, her exuberant voice lives on in a legacy of classics and musicals still enjoyed by many today. Find out more on this edition of Fast Facts.