Where did my testicles go? Thank Cloned Food!

It has been rumored that eating cloned meat, particularly beef can shrink the size of a males testes.  Doctors in Singapore have reported that if there is high doses of hormones used to facilitate the cloning process those same hormones could play havok with a males reproductive system.  One of the side-effects could be extenstive testicle shrinkage.

As seen last year in an interesting report on testicle shrinkage in polar bears as a result of polution we can expect to see similar problems if cloned foods are pumped with antibiotics and hormones.  I for one and not too eager to munch on any of this cloned food, are you?

The scientists found the higher the level of organohalogens in polar bear, the smaller testicle and baculum size and weight likely were. Ovary size and weight decreased as organohalogen levels rose as well.

Tattoo or Gun-Fight?

Getting a tattoo turned into a very, very painful experience, but usually it’s just the needle you have to worry about. Two men trying to trace a loaded .357-caliber Magnum as a pattern for a tattoo accidentally shot themselves.  Robert Glasser and Joey Acosta, both 22, were treated at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after the shooting Thursday evening in nearby Chaparral. Authorities said Glasser was struck in the hand when the gun accidentally went off, and Acosta was hit in the left arm. Their injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said.  But sometimes the embarassment feels like it can kill you.

Playing with toys pays off

Playing with toys really paid off for Ian Culhane, he won $10,000 for designing a seven-foot-tall toy roller-coaster. Not bad for a 10-year-old.  Ian’s creation was on display at the Toys “R” Us store in Times Square, where he accepted the prize from the president of K’NEX Brands, a building toy company in Hatfield, Pa.

The boy, who first started playing with building sets when he was four, was one of thousands of children ages 6 to 12 who entered the annual contest.  Ian began the project last summer, using 6,000 plastic parts from his collection of 15,000 to assemble the roller-coaster, which runs through the body of a dragon.  Two months ago, his parents packed it up and shipped it off for the contest. Just recently, his parents told him he won.

A panel of judges comprised of K’NEX employees selected semifinalists based on the creativity, uniqueness and detail of the projects. It had to be made exclusively from K’NEX parts.  An online vote determined 10 winners and Joel Glickman, an inventor with the toy company, chose Ian as the grand prize winner. The nine others each won $1,000 savings bonds.

In New York for the first time, Ian, his 14-year-old sister and their parents stayed at a hotel he called “pretty fancy for us. We always stay at a Motel 6.”  While he was disappointed he couldn’t spend any of the prize money, his father, a hydrogeologist, gave him $100 to spend at a toy store.

What will he buy?   Beer and wings?  No more toys of course!

Cat vs. Peanut Butter Jar

Tabitha Cain fed feral cat she calls Wild Oats for several years, but now she’s thinking the cat’s name should be Survivor.  That’s because she says the cat survived for 19 days with a peanut butter jar stuck on its head.  “We tried to get her, but being the type of cat you can’t catch, she kept running and hiding,” said Doretha Cain, Tabitha’s mother.

The family saw the cat several times with the jar on its head and tried in vain to catch it. But after not seeing the cat for a week, the Cains feared the worst.  “I thought she was going to die with that jar on her head,” said Tabitha Cain, 25.

They found the once chubby cat Wednesday, too thin and weak to flee. They caught her with a fishing net and used some oil to get the jar off her head.  They gave her water and treated her wounds and Friday she began to eat again.  “I’ve heard of cats having nine lives but I think this one has 19 because she survived 19 days,” Doretha Cain said.

Memphis veterinarian Gerald Blackburn said he’s heard similar stories of pets getting trapped for days or even weeks at a time and surviving. Blackburn said the cat may have lived off of its excess fat.  I am not sure I believe this one because I don’t see how the cat could have recieved liquids?

Find me a Toilet…

A new service promises Londoners they’ll never have to spend much time looking for a place to ‘go’, again.  Westminster City Council, which covers London’s bustling Oxford Street, the West End, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, today launched “SatLav” – a toilet-finding service for cell phone users.  It sounds like it is straight out of a Seinfeld episode but it is true.

Tourists, theatregoers, shoppers and pub patrons in London’s West End can now text the word “toilet” – and receive a text back with the address of the nearest public facility.

The system, which covers 40 public toilets, pinpoints the caller’s position by measuring the strength of the phone signal.  The texts cost about 50 cents, and most of Westminster’s toilets are free.

The council said it hopes the service will stop people from urinating in alleyways, saying some 4,500 litres of urine ends up in Westminster streets each year.

Companies such as Vindigo Inc. in the U.S. offers similar cell phone searches but SatLav is being touted as the first text-based toilet-finder in Britain.  “It’s the first fully managed service that we’re aware of,” British Toilet Association director Richard Chisnell said, praising the council.

“Thank heavens for Westminster’s public toilets,” he said.  George Castanza would be very proud of this service.