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August 28th, 2003

Word of the Day

sent to me by the lovely canadian m, is this excellent word:

"dasypygal (da-si-PYE-gul) adjective

Having hairy buttocks.

[From Greek dasy- (hairy, dense) + pyge (buttocks).]

A related word is dasymeter, an instrument for measuring the..., no, not that, rather the density of gases. Another related word is callipygian, having a beautiful behind.
-Anu

"That way, if they will just turn their caps through 180 degrees, and the volume of their in-car stereos down a bit, and pull their trousers up over their dasypygal features, there might be hope, yet."

Revel Barker; Open Eye: Fidel Castro And His Part in the Generation Game;
Independent (London, UK); Sep 5, 2000.

the Scout Walker Kama Sutra.

Aug. 28th, 2003

"SAO PAULO, Brazil - A Brazilian telephone company is offering a helping hand to Latin lovers who are lacking inspiration with animations of sexual positions based on the Kama Sutra flashed directly to their mobile phones.

For 33 cents, customers of Tele Norte Leste Participacoes' wireless arm Oi can download one of 40 animations which come with a short explanation and gauge of difficulty.

An Oi spokeswoman said the idea came from Europe where the service has proved popular. In Brazil, the animations are only available on the Nokia 7650 and Sony-Ericsson T68i models, but Oi hopes to extend it to other handsets in future, she said.

Oi, which claims to be the first Brazilian telephone company to offer the service, said it could double the number of animated positions available if demand warranted. Each animation comes with a warning that the content is for people over the age of 18."

(kinda thematic with the scout walker thing, isn't it?)

Parasitic Third Leg.

"BEIJING - Surgeons in Beijing said on Thursday they had successfully operated on a baby born with a leg of her undeveloped twin protruding from her back after the third limb deprived her of nutrients she needed to live.

For weeks Chinese newspapers have tracked the ordeal of 14-month-old Qing Qing, discovered abandoned on the streets of the capital in March and later adopted by a woman farmer.

Three anesthetists, four surgeons and four nurses toiled for six hours at Dongzhimen Hospital to remove the curved, tail-like parasite, said one of the surgeons, Yu Xing.

"The operation was very smooth and satisfactory," he told Reuters. "She was in dangerous condition, and even faced death, had we not operated in time.

"After the operation, she can now lie down. We hope she can sit in the near future. If her nervous system recovers well, and some other small operations succeed, she can even walk some day."

Yu said the hospital had performed the surgery free of charge."