The lek is a traditional site where both males and females of a species congregate during the breeding season. It is comprised of a number of small territories, each occupied by a single male. There, the males attempt to attract a mate by sparring with their neighbors or putting on extravagant visual or aural displays, such as mating "dances," vocal challenges, or plumage displays. What fish spends two weeks building a sandcastle nearly 10 times its size in order to win over female mates?
Back in the day
Faced with widespread evidence of political espionage and other illegal activities on the part of his administration, President Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, immediately issued him a pardon for any crimes he may have committed as president. In addition to the governmental upheaval that resulted from the Watergate Affair, the scandal provoked widespread loss of confidence in public officials. What was the "Saturday Night Massacre"?
Born on a day like today
Von Trott was a German citizen who used his position as a lawyer and diplomat to travel to the UK and US seeking support for the Nazi resistance. In order to better monitor Nazi activities and party information, von Trott joined the Nazi party in 1940. At the same time, he served as a foreign policy advisor to the Kreisau Circle, a clandestine group of intellectuals that planned to overthrow the Nazi regime. Von Trott was hanged in 1944 after being arrested for attempting to do what?