Thursday, May 29, 2008

GENERAL STUFF: Pubic Lice Going Extinct?

From the subscription of OUT magazine I believe my mother gave me, and then via .... Apparently, "A British Medical Journal" (can't find it!!!) reports that due to the popularity of waxing, the pubic louse is going extinct. And the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam is begging people to send in samples to add to their permanent collection before they are all gone!! From the digitaljournal article:

Kees Moeliker, the curator of the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam has launched his campaign to find pubic lice (Phthirus pubis) a bit more than one year ago, and so far, not a single one has been found. The museum is now going international with its search. The reason for the campaign is fear that the Brazilian may be threatening their existence. The Brazilian, essentially the practice of shaving or waxing away (nearly) all pubic hair has become so popular with women that the animal could be facing extinction.

While the Brazilian is not yet nearly as popular with men, this is not particularly important, since most men are heterosexual (as are most women) and transmission is no longer possible if the lice can't find any living space in the girls' bushes. The situation can be compared to that of the giant panda. These animals nearly met their demise because of the destruction of bamboo forests.

If you have crabs, please send them. I can't seem to find much on the Museum's site either, seeing as how it's in Dutch... or something.

Pic via the BBC

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