February 16, 2005

And now . . . this - Feb. 16/05

Gay penguin update

I love it when sacred cows - in this case, gay rights vs. environmentalism - start butting heads:

A German zoo has abandoned a plan to break up homosexual penguin couples after protests from gay rights groups.

The Bremerhaven Zoo in northern Germany had earlier flown in four female Humboldt penguins in an attempt to encourage three all-male couples to reproduce.

The zoo originally defended the experiment on the grounds that the birds were an endangered species. But after protests from gay rights groups, director Heike Kueck said the zoo was abandoning the plan. . . .

Gay groups had protested against "the organised and forced harassment through female seductresses" in an open letter to Bremerhaven Mayor Joerg Schulz and called on him to stop the program.

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"Female seductresses"! Ha! I love it. Curse those succubi!

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the animal kingdom:

Panda poo excites experts

That's the actual headline of this story, and it's just wrong. But the story is good news:

A study of giant panda poo in China has proved the endangered animals are expanding their horizons, Xinhua news agency says.

The faeces were found in Fengxian county, in northwest China's Shaanxi province, where giant pandas hadn't been seen since before the 1970s, it said.

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Good news for the pandas, but I cannot for the life of me know why I would want to be able to distinguish panda poo from any other form.


A New Jersey man has filed a false advertising lawsuit against a maker of herbal penis enlargement pills, alleging the medicine does not fulfill its promises, the plaintiff's lawyer said on Monday. . . .

Coluzzi's attorney, Stephen DeNittis, said many men had been taken in by dubious claims that the product would add up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) to their penises by "very, very convincing" advertising, such as infomercials featuring doctors and porn stars.

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Hey, I'd believe it if a porn star told me.