Parasites and sex typically aren’t two things you want to think about together, but according to new research parasites might be responsible for sex as we know it.
PhysOrg reports that Indiana University biologists have affirmed the “Red Queen hypothesis” — the idea that human beings reproduce through sex because we’re, well, keeping up with the parasites, the ones that threaten to potentially harm us.
The hypothesis gets its name from a line in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Read more… Keep reading »
Raising a little girl is hard. You have all these decisions to make: schools to choose, what to feed them, how to make sure they don’t grow up half as weird as you did. And of course, at some point you’ll have to tell her about the birds and the bees. But all that sex stuff can wait until later, right?
Well, around age six, if your nearest department store is to be believed. In stores and catalogues for kids you can find items like … Read more… Keep reading »
This a-hole took screwing around at work to a whole new level: Stephen Pottinger, an employee of the Houston Independent School District, is in trubs for signing up his co-worker for a mail order bride website. During company hours. “He had mentioned that he wanted to get back into dating,” Pottinger said. “We have a long-standing joke that when [the co-worker] starts talking, a lot of people start falling asleep. So I said, ‘Maybe you should start dating someone who doesn’t speak any English. They can just nod and smile.’” So the Michael Scott of Texas signed his colleague up on a website that matches Russian women with American men and forwarded responses to the guy during work hours.
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I am sorry to break it to you, kiddo. When the dog poop disappeared from the backyard? That was your mom. And when the doo doo vanished from the sidewalk? That was your dad. They only told you the Poop Fairy existed to see the glimmer of joy in a young one’s eye, to expand childhood ever-so-slightly further. Really, the Poop Fairy was just a ruse just like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
All this is to say, please clean up after your dog. [Jefferson County Sheriff's Office] Keep reading »
OK, this is just weird. Elizabeth Smart, the young kidnapping victim, is ABC News’ newest pundit. Smart will appear on shows like “Good Morning America” and “Nightline” to discuss missing persons cases, The Daily Beast reports. While I admire Elizabeth Smart for her strength and poise, sensational stunt hiring in journalism disgusts me. And that’s exactly what this is. The woman was kidnapped by a couple of psychos and repeatedly raped for months. What are her qualifications to be a TV pundit? The cynical media reporter Howard Kurtz suggests ABC probably just wants to hoard her personal life for themselves for ratings: her graduation from Brigham Young University, a wedding, kids, etc. Hey, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…
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How do you make a criminal really suffer? A 21-year-old jailbird in Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the governor for violating his civil rights in the most inhumane way possible: no porn. Kyle Richards is locked up at Macomb County Jail, where all pornography is in violation of the rules. What cruel and unusual punishment! Now he is suing over “poor standard of living” and “sexual and sensory deprivation,” according to his court filing. “Such living conditions have been used as a method of ‘psychological warfare’ against prisoners, in order to both destroy the morale of inmates and break the spirit of individuals.” Richards also wants personal televisions, video game consoles, and radios, which suggests to me that someone needs to explain to him the definition of “punishment.” Lucky for him, Playboy and Penthouse magazines are allowed in Michigan prisons, said a corrections spokesman. Considering he plead guilty to a burglary in January and should be sentenced in August, this guy should just be a little more patient. Good luck with getting that Xbox console, though.
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Holhoi tattea shots are all the rage at the Green Man Pub in New Zealand. For a mere $25 per shot glass, ladies are coming in droves to throw them back like champs. So what is holhoi tattea you ask? Oh, it’s just apple-flavored horse semen which supposedly tastes a little bit “like custard.” (Hold on. I have to vomit real quick. OK I’m back.) If you are chomping at the bit to try a shot of holhoi tattea, you’d better giddy up. The special semen shots are only available until Sunday as part of a Wild Food Challenge. Yeah, that’s wild alright. File this under things that too closely resemble bestiality. [Oddity Central] Keep reading »
One of my weird quirks (that I forgot to mention last week) is that I very, very, very rarely get a receipt when I take cash out of the ATM. (I do when I make deposits so that I have a record.) I don’t want to know my balance, even if I know I have money and I don’t need to worry about being overdrawn. I just don’t like to see how much money I have in the bank. However, I would get a receipt and frame it if my balance was $99,864,731.94, like this Capitol One ATM receipt indicates. The website Dealbreaker said the receipt– which was found sticking out of an ATM on Long Island — reportedly belongs to billionaire hedge-fund manager David Tepper, though he implied in a response that it wasn’t his, saying that he hasn’t touched an ATM “since Lehman” and “would never do something as irresponsible as leaving $100 million in a savings account.” Whatever, Tepper, don’t call my soon-to-be new boyfriend — if I can find him — “irresponsible.” [NY Post] Keep reading »