When God passed out brains,
I thought he said trains,
and I missed mine.
When God passed out looks,
I thought He said books,
and I didn't want any.
When God passed out ears,
I thought He said beers,
and I asked for two long ones.
When God passed out legs,
I thought He said pegs,
and I asked for two skinny ones.
When God passed out noses,
I thought He said roses,
and I asked for a big red one.
When God passed out heads,
I thought He said beds,
and I asked for a big soft one.
God am I a mess?
Dec 15, 2006
Dec 13, 2006
A recent study by co-authors -Bjork and SU biology associate professor Scott Pitnick, titled “Intensity of sexual selection along the anisogamy-isogamy continuum,” will be published in the June 8 issue of Nature. In the article, Bjork and Pitnick discuss a paradox they have discovered within the foundations of sexual selection theory as it relates to the sperm and egg production of Drosophila (fruit flies).
Previous work in the Pitnick lab has shown that post-copulatory sexual selection on males (the sperm competition that takes place after females mate with more than one male) can lead to decreased sperm quantities by favoring the production of larger sperm. In other words, their production moves toward a “quality, not quantity” mode, because female fruit flies have evolved so that longer sperm have a greater chance of successfully fertilizing eggs.
Successful fertilization is important, since individuals that fail to pass their genes on to the next generation are at an evolutionary dead end. This leads to the “big sperm paradox” because the idea that postcopulatory sexual selection could favor the evolution of giant sperm clashes with traditional sexual selection theory, which predicts that the most successful sperm competitors will be the males that produce many, tiny sperm. As males evolve to produce larger—and therefore fewer—sperm, eggs become less rare, and sexual selection should weaken, according to theory.
The term “isogamy” refers to the state at which males and females have equal investment per gamete (sex cell) when producing sperm and eggs. In a truly isogamous population, each sperm and each egg would have a chance to participate in a successful fertilization. In such a population, sexual selection would be extremely weak, as there would be little or no competition among males to fertilize eggs. more on this confusing story here
Dec 12, 2006
It seems this small organ which God ,obviously didnt think as so sacred to keep it inside ,protected and safe like.... say the Heart or the Lungs, is taking over in terms of human obsession with it...It is penis enlargement ads everywhere, (promising Elephant size and Blue whale size)and fools flocking to hospitals and getting into trauma ...it is reports and useless studies and statistics like this one which makes men wriggle in discomfort and cruise for solutions which does not exist...
arent there bigger .....oops..better things to be worried about..?
It is confusing....
Dec 11, 2006
Eat drink and die happily... seems to be the motto of the 'eating legend' Rappayi who was also called as theetta rappayi..Theetta in malayalam ( my mother toungue) is 'eating' and Rappayi literally lived up to the title which he ate and ate to earn and live worthy of it until he passed away last day out of acute diabetes and associated problems.....
Rappayi (Seen here in the left with another miracle-Hira Ratan Manek, who has reportedly survived on liquid nourishment and sunlight up to 420 days ) tales are as popular as fables of oesop and the likes....He was picturised as a monster...someone whoes apetite could never be satiated and hence demonic ......Once he had a tryst with a hotelier who had an- all -you can eat menu where Rappayi gulped with ease,three buckets full of rice, one bucket of fish curry and 10 kg cooked meat -- in no time. Finally, law-enforcers had to be called in to end his sumptuous feast and the hotelier has stopped the buffet menu ever since.A regular at eating competitions, he ate 700 idilis in one sitting in Kasargod and gobbled up 10 kg halwa in 10 minutes in Thalasserry, records are aplenty. His story attracted global media attention and some international magazines covered his story.Another one says that he had three buckets of payasam after having gulped about 400 idilis...and as if it was not enough another one legend says that he had 9 jackfruits once and at the end of it asked whether the seeds could be fried in cocunut oil...
Kizhakkumpattukara Painadan Veettil Rappayi alias 'Theetta Rappayi' who made Guinness record by eating is no more now, but probably the hypothalamus malfunction which made him almost a legend should be talked about rather than the man who made hoteliers in his town run for cover...
Until then we shall remain confused...