Orange you glad I didn't steal your banana?
I know. I hate them too. They're cheap -- and they're thin.
It's one thing when they do it to other women but, when it comes to helping themselves to what their dates are eating, it might serve a survival/evolutionary purpose. That's if, of course, you think we're anything like orangutans.
Orangutan females test potential mates by snatching food from the males to see how they'll react, according to a new study.
Evolutionarily, the behavior makes sense, experts say, since relationships with aggressive males can be extremely damaging for females.
Males who are aggressive to other males may attract females. But when a male is aggressive to a female, he limits her ability to choose when and with whom she mates, since she faces attacks if she does not do as the male wishes, explained lead author Maria van Noordwijk at the University of Zurich.
"She could endure injuries, from bruises to broken bones, if his attacks were to knock her out of a tree," van Noordwijk said.
The researchers did not see the females give immediate sexual favors in return for the males tolerating the food stealing.
But, van Noordwijk said, "we think the stealing allows females to test males for their tendency to be aggressive toward them so they can determine whether they are worth further associating with."
So Guys, remember, the next time she orders a salad but then has ''just a bite'' and ''then another'' of your baconator and proceeds to eat half your fries, how you react could make the difference between monkey business later that night or going home alone.