Archive for August 13, 2008

Giant dog turd wreaks havoc at Swiss museum

Posted in art, culture with tags , on August 13, 2008 by Philonous

No comment necessary, but here’s a quote (to read, click on the title).

A giant inflatable dog turd created by the American artist Paul McCarthy was blown from its moorings at a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a window before landing in the grounds of a children’s home.

Philonous: Here’s a picture of the offending installation:

Contraceptive pill ‘can lead women to choose wrong partner’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 13, 2008 by Philonous

Whoa. Yeah that’s the headline in the Guardian. Say what??? I thought I smelled some conservative anti-feminist anti-sex thing going on. But actually the scientific study here references tests done that claim women are unable to ‘smell’ appropriate partners, who would be best suited to produce offspring, and be potential mates. What???

“Not only could MHC similarity in couples lead to fertility problems, it could
also ultimately lead to the breakdown of relationships when women stop using the
contraceptive pill, as odour perception plays a significant role in maintaining
attraction to partners.”

I realize that smell and hormones play a big instinctual part in creating these relationships, but I think that the tagline of this article and its message are anti-contraception. And I am not down with that. I’m apt to think that this study was supported by funds with interests in my aforementioned ‘anti-‘ list.