Is this "the creepiest thing you'll see all day"? Uh, I hope so? You probably don't need any more creepiness in your life today. Or this week, really? Can you believe we are still in the same week that started with the Oscars? A week with Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday? The Bitcoin dude was only yesterday. Sweet Mother of God will it ever end? Anyway, enjoy.
"A Southwest Florida woman accused of kicking people's genitals has been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer after punching him in the face, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. The deputy responded about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday to a dispatch call of a 'female in the street kicking people in genitals and running around,' according to a police report."
Here is a piece suggesting that the castrati of the Baroque period-"thousands of pre-pubescent boys… castrated to preserve their youthful, high-pitched voices and allow them to pursue singing careers"-were actually fortunate to undergo the procedure. The reasoning here is that life in 17th century Italy was often brutal, particularly for the poor, but even those castrati who did not achieve the same stardom and wealth as some of their peers were still provided with a first-rate musical education and were able to make a decent living singing in church choirs. An argument is also made that, in an age when primogeniture was the rule, siblings of the firstborn [...]
"While the incidence of facial shaving is somewhat down, the incidence of body shaving is up, and we can take advantage of that and plan to do that as well."
"I was really scared when I first heard about these balls. It sounds like it could be really dangerous. But I don't think it will last long. They have tried everything to keep us from riding… but in the end we always win." —Twenty-seven-year-old "train surfer" Mulyanto, who rides on the roof of the overcrowded train from Bogor to Jakarta every day for work, on the Indonesian government's installation of large metal balls that hang from chains just above train-level at stations and track crossings. The balls are meant to stop the practice, which led to eleven accidental deaths last year. But, damn, it seems like those balls [...]
His name is Ed Balls, and his candidacy for the leadership of Britain's Labour party will actually be an important indicator on which direction that nation's opposition wishes to take after a dispiriting defeat (he is identified with the Gordon Brown wing of the party, while his chief rivals are Tony Blair proteges), but that's not what really matters here: If you think I'm passing up something with the headline "Balls expected to enter fray" you are giving me far too much credit for maturity and taste.
What Part Of The Anatomy Does It Require For Three Men To Release A Minimal Note-Taking App That Costs $4.99?
The answer may surprise you. It may not, also.
Congratulations to the Tuberous Bushcricket, which Science says has the biggest balls-to-body weight ratio on earth. The Daily Mail offers some scale: "To put this into perspective, a man with the same proportions would have to carry testicles weighing as much as five bags of sugar each." Can you imagine? I'm carrying around three bags already, and it is hell on my groin.