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SPO-DEE-O-DEE DEGREE Wednesday, July 2
California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo has a 350-student "viticulture and enology" program, preparing its majors for an industry critical to the state's economy (and with a venerable international cachet) — but state law …
CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE Wednesday, July 2
On dairy farms across the country, cows queue up, without prodding, to milk themselves by submitting to $250,000 robots that recently became the industry's salvation. According to an April New York Times item, this advance appears to be "win-win" …
SAY WHAT? Wednesday, July 2
Artist Diemut Strebe made a 3-D-printed re-creation of Vincent van Gogh's famous ear to display in June and July in a Karlsruhe, Germany, museum. He built it partially with genes from a great-great-grand-nephew of van Gogh's, in the same shape, …
Polish Academy of Sciences researchers, writing recently in Zoo Biology, reported witnessing 28 acts of fellatio by two orphaned male bears at a sanctuary in Kuterevo, Croatia — the first-ever report of bear fellatio from 116 hours of scientific …
WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Wednesday, July 2
Miles Jelfs of Bristol, England, sought financial help in April to cover surgery for his unlucky tortoise, Cedric, whose prolapsed penis (likely from a mating mishap) drags on the ground, partially erect. Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, 4-9-2014; …
AT CAMP NOKITOFFMA Wednesday, July 2
Several "professional organizers" in New York City told a New York Post reporter in May that this summer is way busier than years past for clients who need help packing their kids' trunks for summer camp. One consultant, who charges $250 an hour, …
FINE POINTS OF THE LAW Wednesday, July 2
Paul Stenstrom, 62, lived comfortably in his Palm Harbor, Florida, home from 2002-'14 without paying a penny of his $1,836 monthly mortgage bill, exploiting federal bankruptcy law that forces foreclosing creditors to back off once a debtor files for …
SCIENTISTS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Wednesday, July 2
Bioengineers who work with Dictyostelium slime molds held the Dicty World Race in Boston in May for a $5,000 prize and intellectual adulation at the annual International Dictyostelium Conference in Potsdam, Germany, in August. The molds oozed down …
FIRST-WORLD PRODUCTS Wednesday, July 2
Daneson (an Ontario "purveyor of fine toothpicks") recently introduced $35.99 "Artisanal Toothpicks" (that's per dozen, in "Single Malt" and other exotic flavors) for the discriminating dental raker. The lemon-flavored picks are a bargain at only …
BEST BUTT FORWARD Wednesday, July 2
The Skin By Molly salon in Brooklyn (and by now, perhaps, competitors) offers "facials" for the derriere (occasioned by a recent social-media fascination with "bum selfies.") Molly's is the "Shiney Hiney Facial" ($65 for a 30-minute treatment), …
 
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