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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

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