Animals do some crazy stuff to get
a mate. Let’s talk about that. ♪ (theme music) ♪ – Good Mythical Morning!
– Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and that means not only have we
beautified the set with hearts and love – things,…
– And red stuff. …but we’re going to be focusing all week
on love and relationships. Every episode has something to do with love and
relationships. – Love Week.
– And don’t worry: if you’re not in a relationship, maybe by the end of this
week, you’ll be happy that you’re not in a – relationship. Love gets weird.
– Welcome to Love Week. No matter what relational status you’re in, you’re
welcome here. – Please.
– Today, we tackle the most bizarre mating rituals in nature known to man. And don’t
panic! I am not gonna make this awkward if you’re watching this with your mom or
your mother-in-law. – Okay.
– I’m focusing on the attraction phase, – okay? Enticing a mate…
– Alright. Not the next step. – …but not the next step.
– Right. So, you won’t be seeing any of that. Even
though I will be showing you some –… – Okay! Sh.
– …some visual aids. Okay, I didn’t know what you were gonna —
I didn’t know what was happening, I gave – you the “shhh!”
– (laughing) Oh, no. (crew laughs)
– Now, my buddy, Rhett, here… – Hey buddy!
– …has successfully enticed a mate. – Yeah, I did.
– So now, I’m gonna — but that was many – years ago!
– It was. Maybe I lost it. – And you’re not an animal.
– Hold on, I’m not performing, am I? You’re not performing, you’re not being
tested, except in your knowledge of animal – mating rituals.
– Oh, I know a lot about that. It’s time to play: Can Rhett Reckon If a Mating Ritual Is
Real, or Is It Really a Resourceful Roose? – Ruse.
– (laughs) – Ruse.
– “Roose! Ruse.” It should be “ruse.” Not “roose.” Okay,
Rhett, so if you get five of these – correct…
– Oh! …you win an amazing animal mating ritual
ability. You will be granted the ability! Like an instructional DVD? What are you
talkin’ about? – I’m not going to tell you.
– Okay. – But, you want to win it, trust me.
– I’m intrigued. Let’s get going with these, though. True
or false? Did you know that male hooded seals blow a pink skin bubble out of their
noses? Then they shake it to make noise, thereby attracting a female. It’s like a
bubble gum bubble coming out of a seal’s nose. And it’s made out of skin, not
bubble gum. – Out of the nose? Out of the nose?
– All the way out of the nose. Real ritual – or ruse?
– I feel like that could cause a lot of trouble. I don’t mean with what happens
next; I mean I feel like it’s just — it’s – a trouble bubble!
(crew laughs) – False! Nature didn’t make that!
– Right off the bat, no. (buzzer sound)
– Aargh! – It is real. Check it out!
– Eww… Eugh! Whoa, shake, shake, shakin’ – it! He’s shake, shake shakin’ it!
– That is a skin bubble. – Out of the nostril?
– And then he sucks it back in. You know what? It is a little
attractive. And then he starts over. Or — actually,
we GIFed that. I can see how the ladies would be into
that. Would you believe that a dude porcupine
will stand on his hind legs and dance for a female? Then, to seal the deal, he’ll
bust out his signature dance move: peeing – on her.
– Oh-ho-ho. Porcupines are into that, huh? You know that signature dance move,
“Peeing on a Porcupine?” Yeah. There’s a name for that. I’m not
going to say it. Okay, uhm, I don’t think porcupines are dancers. I mean, I
definitely know they pee on each other, ’cause what animal doesn’t? But I think
he’d have trouble dancing with the ol’ – pricklies. (laughs)
(crew laughs) I don’t know, man. I feel weak. I feel
like I’m not gonna be strong today. – (laughs)
– (laughing) Because I’m going to say that that’s not real, but I think you’re gonna
be like, “Watch ’em pee on each other right here, Rhett!” I’m gonna say it’s
false ’cause I don’t wanna see a video of porcupines peein’ on each other. Or do I? – It is real.
(buzzer sound) – Aargh! (laughing) Gosh!
– Check out this video! I’m not going to show you peeing, but I’m going to show you
the dancing part. – Oh. What?
– Look at that porcupine dancing! He looks like he should be on a Mario
game, and then you should like jump on him – and he disappears. What in the world?
– Alright, so you are off to a horrible – start, Mr. Animal Kingdom Savant.
– Yeah, I don’t have a wife. I mean, I do have a wife, but why do I have a wife? I
don’t deserve one… – Well, she’s human.
– …with this performance. – I don’t know how you got her.
– I danced a lot. What about this one? In the mating
season, one thousand — well, I meant to say thousands — thousands of female —
’cause I don’t have an exact number. – The Dating Season 1000!
– (laughs) That’s what I thought you were — like
some sort of — okay, what is that? – Let me start over.
– Sign me up! In mating seeding, thousand — In.
Mating. Season. – Got it.
– Thousands of female carrion beetles gather in one huge patch on the forest
floor. Males then kamikaze dive from the tree limbs headlong into the gathering as
a grand mating performance. I’m going completely on just test logic at
this point. You’re not going to have three true in a row. That’s all I’m doing at
this point. – Okay.
– Because I’m picturing these beetles, and I’m confused. They’re diving? “Carry-on?”
You bring them on the plane with you? – No, they climb trees and then dive.
– Oh, they eat they dead things? “They eat they dead things? Do they eat they dead
things?” – True or false?
– False. This doesn’t happen. – That’s true, it is false.
(ding noise) – It is a ruse.
– (claps) Yeah! Even I can get things – right.
– Totally made up. Just going with test – logic.
– “Mate” up? Heheheh. – Ha.
– (laughs) Real or ruse? Female norrow moles will dig
a 15-foot deep hole in the ground… – Yeah, they will.
– …and fill it with fruit to lure males inside, and then if the male doesn’t meet
the female’s standards, she exits and – seals his body in the hole.
– (laughs) They make a fruit hole, huh? – He dies in the fruit hole, alone.
– Men are typically not into fruit holes. Ya know, that’s something that — Bath &
Body Works, that’s something that gets the ladies excited. Fruity-smelling things.
(laughing) I’m just kidding. I’m just kidding. I’m not making generalizations,
men like fruity things too, okay? Gosh! Did I make this up or is this real? The
blue norrow mole. Then you get sealed in the fruit hole,
which is great for a little bit and then – you die.
– You die. Right. It’s like being trapped in a big bag of
gummy bears. Which is a dream of mine. – Right.
– And because of that, I’m going to say… I’d love to suffocate you in one right
about now. …that this is false, Link. There is no
such thing as a fruit hole. – Right after the last one that was false?
– You know what? You know what? I guess it – must be true.
– Is it true or false? Final answer. – True.
– No, it’s false. (buzzer noise)
– Aargh! You — – (laughs)
– What? What? Dude, what? You made — I – knew the fruit hole was made up!
– Well, you changed your answer. I also made up the “norrow mole.” That ain’t even
real! – Oh. Really?
– Nope, none of it’s real! The anglerfish. When a male anglerfish finds a female, it
bites onto her belly, permanently. He holds onto her forever. Forever. Until he
dies. Dies. (crew laughs)
– True or false? – Uhm, going off of…
– You only got one right! – …some kind of TV special.
– You really need to get all these right – to get your mating ability.
– Yeah, you shouldn’t have thrown me off on that last one. That was unfair. It
wasn’t very loving of you, on Love Week, – to throw me a curve ball like that.
– All of my love is towards my wife and – children.
– I feel like I’ve seen some version of this on, like, a Discovery Channel thing,
so I’m going to say, yeah, this happens. – It is true.
(ding noise) – Yes!
– And if you check out the picture, you can see that little thing on top of the
female anglerfish is a male that then just becomes a sperm delivery device, and all
of his other organs just — go away. (crew laughs)
– Is he just a little guy and she’s a big girl, or is this just the way they all
are? He starts off bigger and then he goes
away. He — what’s the word? Dissipates. – That’s quite a diet.
– True or false… – Probably not worth it.
– …after finding a suitable partner, two white-fronted parrots will begin
kissing. – Oh, kissing parrots?
– Then the male will vomit into the – female’s mouth. Mmmm, attraction!
– Parrots don’t kiss, they don’t have lips. Have you tried kissing with a beak
before? – Well, maybe I use the term loosely.
– One time I put on a Big Bird outfit — – just for Halloween — and (laughs)…
(crew laughs) And tried to make out with what? What’re
you trying to kiss? …beaks don’t kiss well. That’s all I’m
gonna say about that. This is false. – No, it’s true!
(buzzer noise) – Golly, I lost!
– Look at that bird vomiting into another – bird’s mouth!
– That’s not kissing! Well, I guess it is. Yeah. Yeah, that’s very involved
vomit-kissing. Alright, Rhett. You still – got things to learn here.
– Mm. Okay. To stake his claim to a harem of hundreds
of female hippos, the dominant dude – hippo —
– If I get these next two right, please still give me the mating tips. What is it?
I don’t know what it is. – I’ll help you out. I’ll help you out.
– Okay. The dude hippo will spin his tail like a
propeller… – They do that.
– …while pooping, spreading it everywhere and saying, “You’re all mine.” Now, hippos do the propeller poop thing; I
know that they do that. I thought that they do that to mark the territory, not to
attract the females. – But why d’you mark territory?
– For females. No, because you — I don’t know. I know that they do that, so would
you have made up half of it? – No, I wouldn’t.
– So, I’m going to say that it’s false. – (laughs) It’s true.
(buzzer noise) – True.
– It’s true! It’s true, that’s why they do – it.
– I don’t know if you’re being — True. – True. Yes, they do that.
– You can’t change your answer after I – give you the answer. Alright.
– Oh, look at that. Oh. – Oh, my goodness!
– There it is. – Yeah.
– Going everywhere. Lookit, the females, – they come a runnin’.
– That’s a bad Friday night. Oh, gosh. A male Arabian camel spits a skin
bubble — Shouldn’t have ordered that extra thing of
nachos. (tongue trill) (laughs) (laughing) A male Arabian camel spits a
skin bubble out its mouth… – Oh, skin bubble time, huh?
– …then makes a low gurgling sound. – No way another animal has one of those.
– Hello, ladies. A camel has a skin bubble? I woulda seen
that. Yeah, all my camel riding that I’ve – done. I would have seen that.
– (laughs) Yep! Okay, there’s nothing at stake, except my
own pride, which has been completely – smashed. So, I’m going to say…
– Along with your mating ability. …there’s no way that there’s another
skin bubble. False. – It’s true. There is another skin bubble.
(buzzer noise) – Check it out, man!
– What is up with you, nature? Oh, hold — what? How come you don’t know about this? That’s a skin bubble that he can throw out
there and then retract back in when the – ladies come a runnin’.
– Why don’t they put this on the Geico – commercials?
– Alright, Rhett, you didn’t win, so I win the mating ritual ability. Thanks for
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speaker so it will fit. There we go, – perfect.
– Oh, wow. You’re good with that. Yeah, I’m just — Oh, I’m making a lot
of room! Right there. – I think he’s going to die.
– No, no. He’s doing just fine.