|Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 12:57 pm: |
World`s oldest genitals found
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered fossils of the world`s oldest genitals -- belonging to 400 million-year-old insects -- in ancient rocks in Scotland.
The penis of the ancient harvestmen insects, commonly known as a daddy-long-legs, was two-thirds the length of the body and remarkably similar to the modern-day species, New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.
"The discovery of the world`s oldest genitals proves that little has changed over the last 400 million years -- at least for daddy-long-legs," the magazine said.
Jason Dunlop and a team of researchers from Humbolt University in Berlin, Germany, who will present their findings at a conference in Aberdeen, also uncovered a long egg-laying organ called an ovipositor from a female.
"As well as genitals, the fossils have the oldest known arachnid respiratory system, suggesting harvestmen`s ancestors had long since crawled out of the sea and learned to breathe," the magazine said.
Harvestmen arachnids are sometimes mistaken for spiders but they are more closely related to ticks or mites because they do not spin webs.
The previous oldest penis, which dated back 100 million years and was found in Brazil, belonged to an ostracod, an early crustacean related to crabs, shrimps and water fleas.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 01:09 pm: |
From Publishers Lunch:
Harper Will Make Christie Electronic
HarperCollins officially announced their program to publish 85 works by
Agatha Christie—"the world’s bestselling author"—in e-book format,
beginning with 5 titles available now. Harper CEO Jane Friedman says in a
release, "It is very gratifying to me that after publishing Agatha
Christie in the Commonwealth for more than 75 years, HarperCollins will
now introduce her works to a global readership in e-book format…. There
can be no stronger signal of the future of e-books than Chorion's
commitment of its most important author to this major project.'
According to new statistics officially released yesterday by the Open
eBook Forum, the retail market for e-books is currently $10 million
annually, up 30% for the first half of this year versus the first half of
2002. (Unit sales were up 40%.) Company release
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 01:14 am: |
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Barbra Streisand says she finds listening to her own songs is so boring that it was one of the reasons she gave up public performing three years ago.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 07:30 am: |
Ahhh, this is cute:
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 08:25 am: |
That's funny. My boss' name is 'Alejandro'.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 08:39 am: |
What an endearing beastie. Sort of like a mini-anteater. I have a weakness for creatures with snouts.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 09:20 am: |
It's a furry pangolin I tell you. And John, that made me laugh.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 01:07 pm: |
Y'know, if you're going to walk around offering straight lines on silver platters....
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 01:20 pm: |
I believe those are actually Hugh B. Cave's genitals...
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 01:31 pm: |
Is that intimate knowledge, RM?
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 01:46 pm: |
Madam, can I offer you a straight line? Perhaps a little sauce to go with it?
Comes of living in the land of the seaside postcard, I tell you. Oo-er!
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 01:47 pm: |
>Is that intimate knowledge, RM?
The Rotating Meerkat sees all, knows all...
|Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 01:50 pm: |
The Rotating Meerkat should not, however, describe all. We beg of you.
|Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 01:33 pm: |
I know all without having to experience all in detail, up close, or in any other way that would cause me discomfort of any kind.
|Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 01:42 pm: |
A-ha! The meerkat reveals himself!
|Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 02:09 pm: |
|Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 12:55 am: |
Sex with Strangers Dogging English Parks
|Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 04:34 pm: |
Another bottle? You`ve had too much Beethoven
LONDON (Reuters) - If the next time you are in a restaurant you suddenly feel an inexplicable urge to shell out on a beguiling Bordeaux, it may just be the Beethoven talking.
A scientific study shows that a bit of classical music can persuade diners to buy more fancy coffees, pricey wines and luxurious desserts.
Researchers at the universities of Leicester and Surrey persuaded a restaurant to alternate silence, pop music and classical on successive nights over 18 days, Sunday`s Observer newspaper reported.
On nights when the classics were playing -- a tape of Beethoven, Mahler and Vivaldi -- patrons spent more on dinner, especially on "luxuries" such as coffee, dessert, fine wines and starters.
Psychologist Adrian North, who led the research, said classical music makes people feel more cultured and sophisticated, and therefore more likely to shell out for the sort of items they associate with the high life.
In other research, North has shown that playing German or French music can persuade diners to buy wine from those countries, the paper said.
|Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 09:03 am: |
On MSN network just now, a headline reading "Mice to Test Bush's Food."
I suppose I know what they mean, but I get images of a crew of little mice, saying "Hmm, a little light on the basil, and perhaps a soupcon more pepper...."
|Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 10:50 am: |
God tells Mel to get out of show business...
Okay, so the people involved were clearly being stupid. It's still too good a story not to share.