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The Rabbit
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First the bottle wrench and now this.

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Japanese scientists have written men out of the reproduction rule-book, and created fatherless mice.

The team made the animals by combining the nucleus of one female's egg with that of another, essentially creating a mouse with two mothers.

I think I'll keep my husband anyway. He's so cute and cuddly. Obsolescence has ever stop me from keeping something I like.

[ April 29, 2004, 07:28 PM: Message edited by: The Rabbit ]

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look at it this way: one day he'll be a collector's item.
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I keep telling women that men suck and you don't need us anymore, but nobody listens to me.
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I might be obsolete, but I'm still useful. And happy. [Smile]
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yes, dear, but you're cute and cuddly... I think I'll keep you too
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Kyuko is one success from 460 attempts at growing embryos
Parthenogenic mice! Now there's a boon to humanity. I know they aren't technically parthenogenic, but from two female haploids.
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virgin births are possible in nature, however the child only has chromosomes of the mother. I don't have a link though.
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Valentine014
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Did anyone ever see that Sliders episode where they went to that dimension where men were on the verge of extinction due to a virus and all the women nearly had had heartattacks when they saw them (of course I would have one too if Jerry O'Connell popped out of the air in front of me).
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MEC
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How about the episode where women could no longer have babies and men had to be artifically impregnanted?
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Could you imagine the utter womanliness of a woman who got her genes from two women? She'd probably need a separate house as her shoe closet.

Oh yeah, anybody ever read Herland? I guess it really could happen.

[ April 29, 2004, 07:36 PM: Message edited by: jehovoid ]

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Until they create a robot that stomps on spiders and removes mice, Men are far from obsolete.
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[Big Grin] For bugs

For mice

*waves goodbye to Dan*

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That kind of man would never be allowed in my house. We practice catch and release.

I allow a certain population of spiders to live in my home, and I only remove them if the population gets too large. The population only gets large if my household ecosystem is out of balance (for instance, when the ladybugs invade in the fall). I can use my spider population as a measure of the health of my household.

As for mice, well, we have a cat. She is a very efficient mouser. If I didn't have a cat, I would welcome blacksnakes.

I still like men, though. They have a certain something I'd rather not do without. And they smell nice, and they have a very valuable but different perspective than mine.

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Nick
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What about all the slave labor women make us men-folk do?
Who would build everything?
[Razz]

jk, I actually dig women contractors. [Dont Know] [Big Grin]

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I hate contracting things from women.
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Until they create a robot that stomps on spiders and removes mice, Men are far from obsolete.
I think he said remove, not kill. I agree with the catch and release idea. I like those boxes. Especially since I could just run the rodent to the local wildlife area (5 minutes away from my house) and set him off. [Wink]
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Set him off? Are you using fireworks in a way they weren't intended to be used?
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Even with the new bug and mice gadgets, Jenny is right (and no, I don't use those bug things for the same reasons Jenny does), men are nice. Not just for doing things like building decks, fixing leaky faucets and the like, but they smell so good.

We'll not right after doing those things but in general. [Big Grin]

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Not to mention the entertainment value.
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Is this better?
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Set him off? Are you using fireworks in a way they weren't intended to be used?
[Razz]
I meant set the little thing off on it's way. Not any sort of violence.

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I remember what I smelled like after cutting out built in cheap sink that came with house an replaced with it with a self rimming sink.

Powdered porcelain and iron, mmm mmm! [Smile]

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Where are all these men you're talking about who kill bugs and mice? I want one. My boyfriend will see a spec-that-might-be-a-spider and jump up and start dancing around until it spontaneously combusts. [Angst]
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The only spiders I know of that give me pause are brown recluses (sp?) and Black Widows. Both are common where I live, so you just make sure you don't use to thin of paper towel to crush them. Actually, "Daddy Long-Leg" spiders are the most poisonous known, but one of the least dangerous due to not being able to pierce our skin. [Smile]
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Without men, who would run out and buy you the chocolate when you really, really, want it.
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Nick
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Who would you vent on without men? [Razz]
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Hmmm... Cute, cuddly, good-smelling, handy around the house, just good to have around in general... and my best friend. [Smile]

I don't think he's obselete, but he is an absolute treasure: one I plan on cherishing for many, many years hence. [Smile]

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I wonder why this is being presented now? It certainly isn't new, I remember learning about back when I started my degree a waaaay back when. You can also remove all the female genetic material and replace them with male coding. Although you'd still need a womb.

What's REALLY awesome are the ramifications of doing all this [Wink]

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I don't even like chocolate. I think I'm getting ripped off here. [Grumble]
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Who would you vent on without men?
Who would they vent about without men?
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Although you'd still need a womb.

Arnold did it!
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Could you imagine the utter womanliness of a woman who got her genes from two women? She'd probably need a separate house as her shoe closet.

[ROFL]

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Actually, "Daddy Long-Leg" spiders are the most poisonous known, but one of the least dangerous due to not being able to pierce our skin.
http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/longlegs.htm
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*waits for Nick to mention that woman comes from womb-man*

[ April 29, 2004, 11:41 PM: Message edited by: Jon Boy ]

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Nick
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[Grumble] You just HAD to steal my thunder didn't you Jon Boy.
[Taunt]

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Jon Boy
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What can I say? Preemptive folk etymology debunking is a hobby of mine.
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So you're saying that woman is not a word that came from the phrase womb man?

I'm smart about a lot of things Jon, but I don't like having to have a dictionary on hand to read your posts. [Embarrassed] I'm not an english major...

[ April 29, 2004, 11:56 PM: Message edited by: Nick ]

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I hate contracting things from women.
Oh, c'mon jehovoid.

Like you've ever been close enough to one to contract anything.

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Jon Boy
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You're kidding, right, Nick? I mean, you've talked about this etymology at least a couple times, and I posted about it each time. Woman does in fact not come from "womb-man." It comes from the Old English wifman, meaning, of course, "wife-man." If you want a further explanation, I'll be happy to give you one in my thread (but I'm going to bed now, so don't expect an answer right away).
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It was your vocabulary that confused me, that's all. I have never seen the word etymology before. [Dont Know]
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One time I drank out of the same cup after a girl. I thought I got pregnant from it but it turns out I never menstruate anyway so my period's always late.
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I can hit stuff really hard.

Women will tell you that they don't want you to hit anything, but secretly they love the idea that if they NEEDED something hit, you could do it really well.

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One time I drank out of the same cup after a girl. I thought I got pregnant from it but it turns out I never menstruate anyway so my period's always late.
I will never be this funny. [Cry]
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When men become obsolete, the only guys left will be those of us skilled in the art of sweet, sweet lovin'.

It's the time I've been preparing for my whole life. Unfortunately, I think I was born a little early. No matter. My genes will live on.

Also, I think I'll write a book.

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preemptive: marked by the seizing of the initiative : initiated by oneself <a preemptive attack>

folk etymology: a popular but erroneous etymology

debunk: to expose the sham or falseness of <debunk a legend>

hobby: a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation

Edit: Wait—did you mean that you've never seen the word etymology before, or that you've never seen the word etymology before?

etymology: the history of a linguistic form (as a word) shown by tracing its development since its earliest recorded occurrence in the language where it is found, by tracing its transmission from one language to another, by analyzing it into its component parts, by identifying its cognates in other languages, or by tracing it and its cognates to a common ancestral form in an ancestral language

Wow. That's a long definition.

[ April 30, 2004, 10:17 AM: Message edited by: Jon Boy ]

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I know all of those, just not etymology. You know what is really sad? It was an english teacher that told me that. [Frown]
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It is my sad experience that most English teachers know next to nothing about English. They should just start calling themselves literature teachers and stop living a lie.
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Well, I did graduate from the California school system. [Wink] It's not the worst, but when I was a sophomore in high school, my state's education was rated as 36th in the nation.
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*agrees with Jon Boy*

[ April 30, 2004, 10:25 AM: Message edited by: MEC ]

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*frown*

I'm a former English teacher (and a former editor), and Cor is an English teacher. And I don't think your characterization applies to either of us.

Of course, you didn't mean us.

Just like OSC didn't mean us when he said more or less the same thing to us immediately upon hearing that she was an English teacher.

So why does it rub me the wrong way?

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Icarus, I don't think you're in that category of English teachers. You're a pretty brilliant guy, but most English teachers are not.
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