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Old 03-29-2008, 09:12 AM   #16
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In the pubic interest


What a lousy way to go

Marc Abrahams
Tuesday March 4, 2008
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The rise and fall of a louse is tragic in the eyes of the louse and in the hearts of scientists who love that louse.
Until recently pubic lice, also known as "crabs", were riding high. Studies in the 60s, 70s and 80s reported more of them were taking up residence in their favourite neighbourhoods.

The louse had even overcome its poor reputation with scientists, who believed them to be lazy and slow. That characterisation was smashed to glorious pieces in 1983, thanks to a report by Ian Burgess and John Maunder, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Tin Than Myint, of the ministry of health in Rangoon, Burma.

Their study, Maintenance of the Crab Louse, Pthirus pubis, in the Laboratory and Behavioural Studies Using Volunteers, tells how they coated groups of pubic lice with powders that glow different colours under ultraviolet light. They then gave each group of lice a chance to migrate from its old home on one human body to a new home on another. The colours let the scientists see what moved where when - and it revealed a surprise.

Pubic lice showed themselves to be neither sedentary nor sluggish. Nay, says the report, "these observations suggest the converse is true and that these insects are extremely active".

But devastation visited the pubic louse community. A 2006 study called Did the Brazilian Kill the Pubic Louse?, written by NR Armstrong and JD Wilson, of Leeds General Infirmary, wonders at the sudden rarity of pubic lice in the UK and elsewhere. Published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, the study suggests a possible cause:

"The drop in pubic lice in women appears to be most dramatic around 2000 and coincided with the introduction of extensive waxing techniques, such as the 'Brazilian', in women in the United Kingdom."

In this era where more and more animal species face the spectre of extinction, the "Brazilian" study sent alarm through the research community. Dutch naturalist Kees Moeliker, intrigued that the pubic louse might soon vanish altogether, started a campaign to collect and preserve some specimens for the Rotterdam Natural History Museum, of which he is a curator. "When the bamboo forests that the giant panda lives in were cut down, the bear became threatened with extinction," Moeliker explains. "Pubic lice can't live without pubic hair."

Moeliker is coming to Britain to collect some specimens. He will take part in the Ig Nobel Tour for National Science and Engineering Week (March 6-16). If you have a specimen of Phthiris pubis you'd like to donate to science, or know someone who has, please bring them to one of the events.
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:21 AM   #17
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... A 2006 study called "Did the Brazilian Kill the Pubic Louse?", written by NR Armstrong and JD Wilson, of Leeds General Infirmary, wonders at the sudden rarity of pubic lice in the UK and elsewhere. Published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, the study suggests a possible cause ... Dutch naturalist Kees Moeliker ... started a campaign to collect and preserve some specimens for the Rotterdam Natural History Museum, of which he is a curator. "When the bamboo forests that the giant panda lives in were cut down, the bear became threatened with extinction," ... Moeliker ... will take part in the Ig Nobel Tour for National Science and Engineering Week (March 6-16). If you have a specimen of Phthiris pubis you'd like to donate to science, or know someone who has, please bring them to one of the events. -- Marc Abrahams, in The Guardian, Tuesday March 4, 2008

Girls, though you are tough or tender,
Fat, or medium, or slender,
Clean and sober, on a bender,
Drink it straight or from a blender,
Free or trussed in a suspender,
In firm control or fond surrender,
Smooth the groove of your pudenda.
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Old 03-29-2008, 02:04 PM   #18
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The question seldom addressed is where Medusa had snakes. Underarm hair is an even more embarassing problem when it keeps biting the top of the deodorant bottle.

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Old 03-30-2008, 08:43 AM   #19
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do you practise what you preach mr bales?
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:57 AM   #20
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In a similar spirit I do edit my work.
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:14 PM   #22
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Oh, you must be used to that by now!
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When someone has freaky facial hair or freaky head hair I always have to wonder if they have freaky pubes.
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Yes, whose mind doesn't go directly to that? Then one has to start thinking about their parents, siblings and pets as well.
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But where does this leave Sylvia Plath?

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