It looked like a penis, only smaller. Oh, and with claws on the sides. We were inspecting the carcass of a woolly lemur, which was laid out on a dissecting table at a research station in Madagascar. A goshawk had killed it the day before and stripped it to the bone from the waist up. Now a biologist was going over the carcass with the unsqueamish enthusiasm of a Girl Scout crossed with a dental technician. She reached into the fur and delicately drew out the penis. It was almost like a human's in shape, except for the two claws about a third of the way from the tip. When she tapped them with her dissecting tool, they made a hard, clicking sound. "Like cat claws," she remarked, and a shudder passed through the room. It was a weird little moment. But here's fair warning: It gets much weirder. The animal world is full of genitalia that strike even biologists as too bizarre to have evolved solely for the relatively straightforward business of … [Read more...] about Sex Secrets of Real Animals
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Jay Liesener grew up with a love for surfing. When he was seven, he rode his first waves at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, an experience "that started the love affair,” he says. But a decade later, Liesener suffered a trampoline accident that crushed the fourth and fifth vertebrae in his spine, paralyzing him from the waist down and confining him to a wheelchair. The accident sidelined his life on the waves—but it didn't end it altogether. After conquering an adapted form of surfing later in life, he found his way back on the water despite that devastating spinal injury. However, Liesener, now 45, has to finally hang up his wetsuit. “It is with great sadness that Jay has very recently announced that this is likely his last season for surfing,” wrote Brad Dennehy, a friend who started a YouCaring page to fund one last surf adventure for Liesener. “He has been struggling with chronic health problems related to his injury for the past decade and they have taken … [Read more...] about This Paralyzed Surfer Is Ending His Career With an Epic Adventure
(Natural News) For years Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has been warning Americans that many of the nation’s public sector pensions are underfunded by hundreds of billions of dollars and are on a course to collapse.In 2013, Adams warned police officers, firefighters, teachers and others who work for government entities that unless funding mechanisms and payout schedules changed, their pensions would be gone in a few years. Referencing the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy, Adams wrote of the larger problem in municipalities all over America: Across the country, city governments have all spent the pension funds instead of saving them. Almost no large city has the funds necessary to pay its obligations to retirees. Pension financial planning strategies are tragic nightmares of broken promises, dishonest politicians and delusional workers (who still somehow believe they’re going to get paid).A year-and-a-half later, in December 2014, Adams … [Read more...] about Several states set to collapse under crushing weight of bankrupt pensions: Will Illinois become the first?