Tuesday, March 20, 2007

News of the weird

A few small things to finish off the night:

Animal rights activists want baby polar bear killed.

When Knut was born in December, his mother ignored him and his brother, who died. Zoo officials intervened, choosing to raise the cub themselves.

But Albrecht and other activists fret that it is inappropriate for a predator, known for its fierceness and ability to fend for itself in the wild, to be snuggled, bottle-fed and made into a commodity by zookeepers. They argue that current treatment of the cub is inhumane and could cause him future difficulties interacting with fellow polar bears.

So off him? Yeah, that makes sense.

And a foot fetishist's dream come true: A woman who grew a fully-formed nipple on her foot. Pictures on the link. While such "supernumerary" nipples and breasts are found in 1 percent to 5 percent of the population, they are usually found around the upper torso. This is the first time one has been found on a foot.

Scientists have been messing with flies like this for a long time, inducing eyes to grow on their knees and things like that. This just demonstrates that the same mechanisms are at work in human development, too.

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