Planet Earth Populated by Hos


What do penguins and college kids have in common? Hint: it’s not a proclivity towards sweat pants. According to a recent study at the University of Michigan School of Health, they both trade (or attempt to trade) sex for resources and provisions. While female penguins mate with males who bring the pebbles necessary for the nest, U-M students mate with each other in exchange for game “tickets; studying assistance; laundry washed; a Louis Vuitton bag; and voice lessons among other things.” And unlike penguins, who really need those rocks, the students “don’t want for much yet they still attempt these exchanges,” showing that the tendency to exchange “nuptial gifts” may be hard-wired into humans (at least lazy ones who hate laundry [full disclosure: me]) just as it is into adorable, waddling glacier dwellers.

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