You REALLY can’t make this up
ASSUME YOUR HOSTESS DUTIES, LADIES
A US politician has said pregnant women were “hosts” whose bodies no longer belonged to them once they were “irresponsible” enough to have had unprotected sex.
Justin Humphrey, an Oklahoma state legislator, has introduced a bill that would force women seeking an abortion to get written consent from the foetus’ father.
Justifying the proposed law change, the politician said one of the “breakdowns in our society” is that men are “excluded” from “these types of decisions”.
“I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said. “I feel like it is a separate ... what I call them is, you’re a ‘host’. And you know when you enter into a relationship, you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that, then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.”
The controversial bill states that “no abortion shall be performed in this state without the written informed consent of the father of the foetus”.
This includes cases where women are raped or fall pregnant during an incestuous relationship.
Humphrey has since apologised to anyone who took offence to his comments, but stood by his description of pregnant women as “hosts”. – The Independent
GO ON, DONATE YOUR BRAIN
Scientists are appealing for more people to donate their brains for research after they die.
They say they are lacking the brains of people with disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In part, this shortage results from a lack of awareness that such conditions are due to changes in brain wiring.
The researchers’ aim is to develop new treatments for mental and neurological disorders.
In recent years, researchers have made links between the shape of the brain and mental and neurological disorders.
More than 3 000 brains are stored at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Centre at McLean Hospital just outside Boston in the US. It is one of the largest brain banks in the world.
But there is a problem. Scientists at brain banks across the world do not have enough specimens for the research community.
According Dr Kerry Ressler, who is the chief scientific officer at McLean Hospital, new treatments for many mental and neurological diseases are within the grasp of the research community. However, he says it is the lack of brain tissue that is holding back their development. – BBC
TOM BRADY IS A ‘COCKROACH’
New England quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots proved hard to kill off in the Super Bowl and now a baby Madagascar hissing cockroach bears the name Tom Brady.
Zoo Atlanta announced this week that, as the result of losing a bet, they have named the newest baby animal born in the zoo after the football player.
One of the largest species of cockroach, growing up to 7cm long, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are found inside rotting logs, and some people keep them as pets. – Reuters
FIND YOUR SPICEY NAME
If you are not already heartily sick of American politics, you can now play a new game thanks to the Aussies.
Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald has created a “Spicerise my name” generator to give you a fake name that White House press secretary Sean Spicer would call you.
All you have to do is type your name in and click “go”.
Spicer has struggled with names at times while doing his job as press secretary, and has also mispronounced words.
Just this week, he referred to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Joe during a press conference, and previously called Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Malcolm Trumble. – New York Daily News