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Archive for March, 2009
A few days after the pope’s condoms issue, a French bishop (from Orleans) is doubling concerns pricelessness. According to him,
There’s “danger” printed on cigarette packs.
We should print on condom boxes: incomplete reliability.
Well, first a careful reading of notices in condom boxes will reveal that this information is indeed provided to all (users and non-users alike, I guess Mr Bishop is allowed reading condom notices, wouldn’t he?). But read carefully what comes next (translation mine):
You all know too well, and every scientist would tell you so, that the size of the HIV virus is much less than that of a sperm. This is evidence that condoms aren’t 100% reliable.
OMG. Can’t believe it.
Well, I’m totally Okay that “complete protection from MST is unwarranted” be printed directly on condom boxes. I would also like to have churches and cults laid down with signs like: “There’s no freaking proof that God exists” or “Catholic church promotes worldwide AIDS prevalence” or “Beware of delusions”.
BTW, I’ll even go if it’s printed in tiny letters at the end of the notice.
There’s a crisis worldwide. Almost everywhere can we expect anger at face value, given the dramatic effects of the current crisis. But here in France, there’s a crisis inside too.
Attempts at reforming Academia and School have met with incredibly sustained opposition, and once isn’t a rule, with a quite general collateral sympathy.
That said, a president that thinks peer-review is just no more than self-assessment and that it is best to cut funding for tutored teaching to schoolkids with learning difficulties, is probably not a president that’s on way to popularity within the grand education community.
Seeds Aside just reached its 40 000′th hit, and I was lucky enough to witness the event. The fortunate visitor is from Hangzou, Zhejiang. Welcome! I hope you’ll come back visit here!
This is an internet search that led here.
First, let’s remind what should be obvious but is apparently not realised by many people: since plants in general both have stamens and pistil(s), they are hermaphroditic. Of course, there are great variations with regard to realised gender in plant species, though, please go here for a short overview, but the most common situation is still hermaphroditism.
Orchids, as wonderful plants they can be, just follow this majority rule. One cannot be completely outstanding I guess. Indeed, as curious as it seems, orchids fairly rarely depart from possessing both male and female attributes at the same time, even if they indulge to quite strange sexual fantasies.
So the answer is straightforward: you don’t need to wonder if an orchid is male or female. There are good odds that they are both. And they are perfectly happy with this. (more…)