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(ABC News)   Popular weedkiller has a sex-change effect on amphibian creatures. Miss Piggy sues for loss of conjugation   (abcnews.go.com ) divider line 42
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2002-10-30 09:54:59 PM  
Conjugation is a big word!
 
2002-10-30 09:55:03 PM  
Mmmm.. Amphibians..
 
2002-10-30 09:55:39 PM  
Great, now we gotta worry about picking up transvestite frogs at the bar.
 
2002-10-30 09:56:41 PM  
Millions of fairy tales surrender.
 
2002-10-30 09:57:35 PM  
Hehehehe...I don't get it
 
2002-10-30 09:59:28 PM  
So *thats* what happened in Jurrasic Park...
 
2002-10-30 09:59:32 PM  
I could be mistaken, but I thought Miss Piggy never got to hit it. If I'm correct, then she wouldn't really be losing anything.

"With a napkin, knife and fork is the only way that I'll touch pork."
-Kermit
 
2002-10-30 10:01:42 PM  
Just imagine what it does to humans.
 
2002-10-30 10:01:56 PM  
Hmm... sounds like we need less of this chemical and more of the chemical that makes female breasts bigger. Weren't they blaming bovine growth hormone for that? :)
 
2002-10-30 10:02:20 PM  
Hermaphroditic Amphibians Gone Wild: Best of both worlds!!!!!!Frog chicks with dicks that put yours to shame! Whoo hooo!!!!
 
NTF
2002-10-30 10:04:54 PM  
Best.Headline.Ever.
 
2002-10-30 10:05:41 PM  
I'm sorry, but this is truly hilarious. i bet if we exposed pregnant mothers to this chemical, they'd give birth to hermaphrodites. could you imagine? i new super-species, one that is self-dependent and a-sexual. now if you dont mind, i'm gonna hide in a corner and hope this doesn't happen.
 
2002-10-30 10:05:42 PM  
I'm sorry, but this is truly hilarious. i bet if we exposed pregnant mothers to this chemical, they'd give birth to hermaphrodites. could you imagine? a new super-species, one that is self-dependent and a-sexual. now if you dont mind, i'm gonna hide in a corner and hope this doesn't happen.
 
2002-10-30 10:06:01 PM  
Loss of conjugation? It must be because of that inflection.
...get it? Inflection? Conjug... ahhhhh, forget it.
 
2002-10-30 10:08:41 PM  
LadyLazaruss,

Nice Clerks reference; Randal rules.
 
2002-10-30 10:11:30 PM  
Dr. Fey--
Why thank you, kind sir. Actually I almost typed "dicks that put mine to shame" but then the one in the jar on my desk is pretty hard to beat. heheheheheh
 
2002-10-30 10:14:16 PM  
is it 1998? because i'm pretty sure that was the first time i heard about this.
 
2002-10-30 10:15:26 PM  
LOL. I always tell people that I have the heart of a saint.

Of course, it's in a similar jar...
 
2002-10-30 10:16:50 PM  
Actually, I thought human hermaphrodites were actually unable to have sex? ^^;

Transvestite = dresses up in clothes of the opposite sex for sexual excitement... I don't think that's what it is these frogs are doing. :p
 
2002-10-30 10:20:48 PM  
Shiki,

I think you are right. I understand that most transvestites are heterosexual. They just love the opposite sex so much that they express it externally.

Hermaphrodites are ambisextrous (yes, that's a word), and are usually unable to reproduce.

Of course, all I know I learned from Fark.
 
2002-10-30 10:27:51 PM  
Dr.Fey--
Heheheh, thats good.
I had a friend who was looking for a good way to brush off a girl that was slightly obsessed with him. He went with a classic. "Angie, I've been saving all my love for you.... in a jar."

Anyway, yes. Hermaphrodites are usually sterile. Sorry to get off topic....
 
2002-10-30 10:30:27 PM  
But doesn't hermaphroditism happen rather often in amphibians? Did other people remember this from high school biology or was I sitting too close to the bunsen burners back then?
 
2002-10-30 10:31:10 PM  
I heard her conjugation agreement was verbal...
 
2002-10-30 10:41:26 PM  
I am pretty sure the legal term is 'loss of consortium'
....or is the joke on me?
 
2002-10-30 10:49:18 PM  
Cheaptherapy,

I actually was going to put loss of consortium, put I wanted to get posted. Since my cover is blown, thanks, NTF.
 
2002-10-30 11:00:26 PM  
SAVE THE FROGS! I don't have both male and female sex organs, but look what parasites have done with my leg! (see pic)
 
2002-10-30 11:09:22 PM  
This kind of stuff scares the crap out of me. Can you say "mutant?" I wonder how long it'll be before it gets to humans.

Oh yeah, I forgot--down by the Rio Grande, it already is happening.

I'm sorry, I don't have a joke. Put some atrazine in my well.
 
2002-10-30 11:18:09 PM  
Yeah, this is old news.

Yawn!

-FliesRWaiting
 
2002-10-30 11:20:41 PM  
i think thats the first time i've ever seen someone yawn with enthusiasm like that

spoon!
 
2002-10-30 11:27:12 PM  
This is not old news, it's just now being published in "Nature". You're probably thinking of the general problem of amphibian population decline, which is old news.
 
2002-10-30 11:38:52 PM  
What's green and smells like pork?
 
2002-10-31 12:04:12 AM  
I wonder if it works on Male Muslim Arab nationals between the ages of 17 and 40
 
2002-10-31 12:41:05 AM  
conjugation? isn't that what you do to verbs to change person and tense. just a lowly english major wondering.
 
2002-10-31 12:51:16 AM  
This is not old news, it's just now being published in "Nature". You're probably thinking of the general problem of amphibian population decline, which is old news.

Actually, the effect of water pollution on the hermaphrodism of amphibians is old news; I learned about DDT causing this problem (due to the fact that DDT is an analogue of estrogen) two years ago. What's new is the fact that this particular herbicide, atrazine, causes this problem. Since atrazine, unlike DDT, is still very popular, this is cause for concern.

Rob
 
2002-10-31 01:42:07 AM  
Probably happens more often than people think. There are fishes that live in harems and the dominant female naturally changes sex if the male dies. Since mere social responses control the change, I wouldn't be surprised to see similar effects in amphibians.

Besides, doesn't anybody remember Jurassic Park?
 
2002-10-31 01:46:33 AM  
Why can't Miss Piggy count to 100?

Beause every time she gets to 69 she gets a frog in her throat.

*rimshot*
 
2002-10-31 01:53:17 AM  
Yes, yes, yes, but can that chemical sex change stuff explain.... THIS!!!
 
2002-10-31 01:53:56 AM  
This, of course, being http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/narcam/pictures/polymel.htm
 
2002-10-31 02:00:51 AM  
Vinnie, those malformations can be caused by parasites.

http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/amphibian_malformations.html
 
2002-10-31 05:22:36 AM  
Hermaphrodites:

People who, if you tell them to, will actually go fark themselves.
 
2002-10-31 10:42:01 AM  
Best headline ever.
 
2002-10-31 03:02:26 PM  
http://www.ohiocitizen.org/campaigns/pesticides/atrazine.html

Sounds like the USA is again slow to ban chemicals that will kill or give us weird diseases.
 
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