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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Bat Bugs Have Fake Genitals
National Geographic has an article about a "hotbed of deception" in the natural world. It involves the genitals of a small, reddish-brown parasite called the bat bug. In order to protect themselves from the unwanted advances of male members of the species, female bat bugs have evolved a region on their body similar to a fake genital:
Researchers have long known that male bat bugs ignore females' conventional parts and instead use their sharp penises to stab the females' abdomens, injecting sperm directly into the bloodstream. So the females evolved a defense: structures called paragenitals that guide a male's needle-like member into a spongy reservoir of immune cells.
It turns out that male bat bugs sport a similar fake genital area, because males often perform "the same injurious sexual acts on other males." All in all, the sex life of the bat bug sounds like a rather unpleasant affair.
Categories: Science, Sex/Romance
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 27, 2007
Comments (2)
An insect expert can probably expand on this but another species of bug notonly injects sperm directly through the female's skin into her body, but in drought conditions, males will "mate" with other males, injecting water and protein into their systems.

Of course, they don't have this bug in Iran.
Posted by Mark  on  Thu Sep 27, 2007  at  03:05 PM
Wow... Today is my birthday and this made my day... Not to mention, the word I had to type in to prove I am human was "came". How ironic.
Posted by Jackie  on  Thu Sep 27, 2007  at  05:21 PM
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