I’ve read that human culture arose out of the competition for sex and I’ve always found the idea appealing (no pun intended). It pretty much explains why lead singers get all the girls.
I couldn’t help but link this bit of random trivia to an article I read in a recent National Geographic about bowerbirds. They’re pretty cool little birds. Turns out, that in order to attract chicks (and by chicks I mean female bowerbirds), male bowerbirds build elaborate twig structures called bowers…aka birdie love shacks. And here’s the charming part—they not only design the bowers, they decorate them with the flotsom and jetsum of the forest: nuts, berries, leaves, bugs, toy soldiers. You name it. Anything that adds a bit of color and shape to the bower. Some bowerbirds even paint the interiors, with berry juice. Each bower is unique and reflects the sensibility of its designer.
Here are a few more examples from flickr…
Which one would you date?