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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:08 PM

'Crabs' Now Endangered Thanks to Bikini Waxing (80% of US college students remove pub hair)

'Crabs' Now Endangered Thanks to Bikini Waxing

(Newser) – Will we soon see a "Save the Pubic Lice" campaign? The groin-dwelling insects, more commonly known as "crabs" because of their shape, are now basically an endangered species—and doctors think the popularity of bikini waxing may be to blame (er, thank). In Australia, no women have been seen with crabs at Sydney's main sexual health clinic since 2008, and male cases have fallen 80% over the past 10 years. "Pubic grooming has led to a severe depletion of crab louse populations," says a medical entomologist. "You can see an environmental disaster in the making for this species."

Of course, no one's really mourning the loss. Another medical entomologist notes that, in this case, "habitat destruction is a good thing." So-called Brazilian waxes, in particular, are seen as contributing to the downfall of pubic lice, since nearly all the pubic hair—the habitat, in this case—is removed in that procedure. All in all, more than 80% of US college students remove some or all of their pubic hair these days, Bloomberg reports. It's arguably a nicer way of dealing with the crabs problem, since the typical treatment is a topical insecticide.

http://www.newser.com/story/160893/crabs-now-endangered-thanks-to-bikini-waxing.html

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Reply 'Crabs' Now Endangered Thanks to Bikini Waxing (80% of US college students remove pub hair) (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 OP
Xipe Totec Jan 2013 #1
Viva_La_Revolution Jan 2013 #46
Xipe Totec Jan 2013 #47
Coyotl Jan 2013 #75
Xipe Totec Jan 2013 #77
Coyotl Jan 2013 #86
Enrique Jan 2013 #2
Shivering Jemmy Jan 2013 #3
Enrique Jan 2013 #6
theKed Jan 2013 #38
The Second Stone Jan 2013 #9
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #26
Hassin Bin Sober Jan 2013 #42
SWTORFanatic Jan 2013 #5
snooper2 Jan 2013 #13
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #28
name not needed Jan 2013 #65
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #67
Eleanors38 Jan 2013 #79
adieu Jan 2013 #35
Bay Boy Jan 2013 #39
Renew Deal Jan 2013 #48
alarimer Jan 2013 #41
Xipe Totec Jan 2013 #80
Cirque du So-What Jan 2013 #4
hay rick Jan 2013 #55
Raine Jan 2013 #66
zappaman Jan 2013 #7
Hugabear Jan 2013 #11
zappaman Jan 2013 #12
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #31
mythology Jan 2013 #59
Beacool Jan 2013 #62
zappaman Jan 2013 #71
Warren Stupidity Jan 2013 #16
barbiegeek Jan 2013 #8
physioex Jan 2013 #10
Blue_Tires Jan 2013 #20
babylonsister Jan 2013 #32
Eleanors38 Jan 2013 #81
tarheelsunc Jan 2013 #14
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2013 #15
robinlynne Jan 2013 #29
tarheelsunc Jan 2013 #63
robinlynne Jan 2013 #68
Control-Z Jan 2013 #17
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #18
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kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #44
shanti Jan 2013 #45
leftynyc Jan 2013 #72
madinmaryland Jan 2013 #19
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A HERETIC I AM Jan 2013 #83
LeftInTX Jan 2013 #21
appal_jack Jan 2013 #22
galileoreloaded Jan 2013 #24
Buzz Clik Jan 2013 #30
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #34
NoGOPZone Jan 2013 #37
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riderinthestorm Jan 2013 #52
wellstone dem Jan 2013 #85
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Buzz Clik Jan 2013 #27
In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #36
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #56
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supernova Jan 2013 #43
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Snarkoleptic Jan 2013 #61
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #51
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Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #87
dlwickham Jan 2013 #76
Skraxx Jan 2013 #70
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DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #84
jberryhill Jan 2013 #90
Coyotl Jan 2013 #88
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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:15 PM

1. I doubt that humans are the only hosts. nt

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #46)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:10 PM

47. Interesting!

Though if the transfer occurred before, it can occur again.

Life finds a way.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:30 PM

75. More like the advent of clothing can be dated by lice genetics

seems that keeping them warm helped their evolution and adaptation to humans

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #75)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:35 PM

77. That is an interesting premise

It makes sense conceptually.

I wonder if there have been studies supporting that hypothesis.

If not, I think they would be worth while.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #77)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:11 PM

86. And it has been studied, on the genetic front.

The 'Eve' of Crabs can be dated by mutation rate of the genome, to about when clothing appears.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:19 PM

2. i call B.S.

looks like they are trying to turn an optional grooming choice into a health necessity.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:23 PM

3. Who's the "they"

That are trying to do this? The researchers? The media? The Justice League of America.

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Response to Shivering Jemmy (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:26 PM

6. Procter and Gamble

and Reckitt-Benckiser, according to the article.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:07 PM

38. Are they

the ones that make the topical insecticide, too?

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Response to Shivering Jemmy (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:27 PM

9. They!

The people who secretly get the Illuminati to control the Bilderbergs. They is them! Pubic lice. Pubic lice run the world.

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:32 PM

26. Along with the cock-roaches! Errr, Koch Brothers I meant. n/t

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:14 PM

42. You are just finding this out?

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:26 PM

5. Tinfoil hat much?

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:37 PM

13. Let me know where to sign up to be an agent to randomly search people

to ensure they are complying

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:34 PM

28. I want to hand-pick mine to search. n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #28)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:46 AM

65. Be sure to go through them with a fine-toothed comb.

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Response to name not needed (Reply #65)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:23 AM

67. OK

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:37 PM

79. This OP ain't nothin' but fluff.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:45 PM

35. I shave

and I use the same razor that I use for my face. They're not earning any more money from me.

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Response to adieu (Reply #35)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:14 PM

48. lol

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:12 PM

41. I think the authors are just going for the clicks, myself.

A salacious headline based on an extremely shoddy study, which doesn't actually show what it's purported to show, if anyone here if bothered to read it.

Shitty, shitty journalism even without the obvious tie-ins with P&G.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:38 PM

80. If anything this article would turn muffs into environmentally protected areas

Which is contrary to Proctor & Gamble's interests.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:24 PM

4. This song is already dated; now it's practically obsolete

Put on that old Blue Ointment
To the crabs' disappointment.
Rub it in three or four times a day.
Oh, my Lordy how it itches,
But it kills those sons-of-bitches
In the good, old-fashioned way!
--Unknown; sung to the tune of "Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet"

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:07 PM

55. Haven't heard that song in a while. A long while.

About 48 years. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the OP and then I scrolled down to your post. The version I heard was similar:

Put on that old blue ointment
To the crabs' disappointment
Going to get those bastards today
Oh it burns and itches
But it kills those sons a bitches
Get your old blue ointment today.

It was a late night drinking song- sung to the same tune.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:58 AM

66. Years ago saw this little ditty on the wall of a bathroom stall "No need to stand upon the seat

the crabs in here jump 50ft."

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:26 PM

7. Had them once

Picked it up from a hotel in Vegas( I swear!).

More gross than hazardous.
And they just don't hit your crotch...had to shave the pits as well!

Goodbye and good riddance!

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Response to zappaman (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:32 PM

11. Must have been fun explaining that one to your partner

I've actually picked them up from a hotel as well. Getting rid of those buggers is a pain in the neck!

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Response to Hugabear (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:34 PM

12. No one ever believes me!

Fortunately, I wasn't with anyone at the time.
Little know fact: you can pick them up from the beach as well!

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Response to zappaman (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:36 PM

31. Yep, some beaches are notorious for picking them up! n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #31)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:52 PM

59. Fortunately those are easy to avoid

If you see Snooki, find a different beach.

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Response to zappaman (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:08 AM

62. Really????

I'm never laying on the sand again. Gross!!

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Response to Beacool (Reply #62)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:02 PM

71. True!

But they hate salt water...oh, the irony.

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Response to zappaman (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:10 PM

16. I had a similar experience.

I worked at a community center in NYC that allowed "street people" to hang out, and I sat in a chair in the public area and starting scratching about an hour later. It can actually happen.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:27 PM

8. In Ancient Eygpt they shaved everything including their heads to kill lice

Even the women shaved their heads, that is why they had those weird wigs

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:29 PM

10. There have been soo many articles on this topic....

The Atlantic had one, "Is pubic hair extinct". On a personal note, to each his own.

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Response to physioex (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:32 PM

20. here it is...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:38 PM

32. Bwhahaha!

Now we know.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:43 PM

81. You got that right. What ever happened with attention to detail?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:40 PM

14. I know this is probably satire, but is that 80% figure true?

Seems to be an extremely high number, I've never even considered it.

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:34 PM

29. how old are you? Therein lies the answer to your question.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #29)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:11 AM

63. 22. I'm one of the other 20% of college students.

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #63)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:18 PM

68. oh, thought you might be older like me..... glad to be wrong.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:16 PM

17. Yes, but their evil cousins, head lice

are making a killing in elementary schools. When I was a kid no one ever got lice. We thought they were myth. Now with kids they're a living nightmare.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:27 PM

18. One of many reasons I prefer myself and my partner well-groomed.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:19 PM

23. You can be "well groomed" and still have a thick, robust forest undergrowth...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:22 PM

44. Well-groomed = no forest at all in my book.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:22 PM

45. indeed.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:11 PM

72. So you and your partner are

both shaved clean? Are you man/woman?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:28 PM

19. Crabs are making a comeback in the Chesapeake Bay. I had a really good crabcake a couple of weeks

ago.

Oh wait. Nevermind. Wrong type of crabs!!

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:28 PM

25. I perfer softshells myself.

Kaiser roll, tarter sauce, lettuce and tomato. Yum!

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:38 PM

33. LOL

Growing up near there we always had crabs!

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:50 PM

83. The little guys are really hard to pick the meat out of.

And it takes a bunch to make a cake.

Don't ask me how I know this.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:08 PM

21. My grandparents came from a "different" part of the world

It was third world. Very, very third world

The women had to spend their evenings picking lice off of the men.
(They weren't pubic lice, but yeah)

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:16 PM

22. Dubya asks, "How many is a Brazilian?"

Do Brazilian Soldiers Get Brazilians?

Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed."

"OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"

His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the President sits, head in hands.

Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"



-app

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:27 PM

24. 37 and have never seen hair "down there". Think about that for a moment. Never.

 

I'd say probably 50 girls? Maybe 55.

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Response to galileoreloaded (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:34 PM

30. tmi, dude.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #30)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:43 PM

34. +1000

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Response to galileoreloaded (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:57 PM

37. are you sure you're looking in the right place? nt

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Response to galileoreloaded (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:41 PM

50. Did you mean girls, or did you mean women?

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Response to GObamaGO (Reply #50)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:52 PM

52. +1000. NT

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Response to GObamaGO (Reply #50)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:54 PM

85. Thank you!!!

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Response to galileoreloaded (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:38 PM

57. uh huh

And, if you were with minors with no public hair, I certainly hope you were the same age as they were.

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Response to galileoreloaded (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:48 PM

82. so you've never been laid?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:33 PM

27. You probably think this is funny, but species extinction is serious business.

But, this really is funny.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:52 PM

36. ~ K ~

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #36)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:28 PM

56. lol

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:09 PM

40. The "study" they link to is pretty pathetic.

Almost no evidence to support their assertion. I really, really hate this type of shoddy popular science reporting, most of which is aimed at women.

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Response to alarimer (Reply #40)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:55 PM

53. +1. The science is pathetic. Of course no DUers are questioning THAT. And biased reporting?

"It's arguably a nicer way of dealing..... "

Yeah right. Like shaving (and dealing with the itch and the increased exposure to potential bacterial infections from denuded skin) is so much "nicer".

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:18 PM

43. A topical incecticide.....

Back in the old days you would shave one side, set the other side on fire and stab them as they ran across.

j/k

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:15 PM

49. SAVE THE CRABS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #49)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:02 AM

61. Looks like these folks are working to commoditize the critters.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:43 PM

51. That is one extinction we should not worry about

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:00 PM

54. Never had them but a friend of mine did. Poured Clorox "down there", rinsed..crabs gone.

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #54)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:39 PM

58. Putting bleach on genitals is a very bad idea

VERY bad.

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #54)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:58 PM

60. That seems rather suboptimal

Although I admit to using some alternative medicine. I once had a bad upper respiratory virus and after almost 2 months I started gargling with tequila and shortly there after my throat cleared right up.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:41 AM

64. I dunno, why would you need to "treat" crabs?

A razor, some sudsy water and they're gone... I think they'd be a lot easier to get rid of than head lice.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:48 PM

69. I reckon I'd notice one of these

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #69)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:19 PM

73. it that real? it's disgusting.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #73)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:29 PM

74. That is real. A coconut crab.

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #74)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:12 PM

87. ewwwwwwwwwwww. couldn't touch one of those

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #69)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:34 PM

76. one would hope

but you never know

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:56 PM

70. Won't SOMEBODY PLEASE Think Of The Poor Crabs!!!

It's GENOCIDE!1!!!!!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:35 PM

78. Why did you post this? LOL!

I love Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs.

Snacking down on a bushel of Blue Crabs will never be the same now.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:53 PM

84. Hope for the crabs: Physician calls for an end to bikini waxing

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/physician-calls-for-an-end-to-bikini-waxing-8008628.html

Emily Gibson, a family physician and head of a student health centre, called for an end to the “war on pubic hair” claiming it is increasing the risk of infection and of sexually transmitted diseases amongst young people.

<snip>

As director of the health centre at Western University in Washington State, US, she has seen the consequences. “Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles, leaving microscopic open wounds. Frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that is combined with the warm, moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest bacterial pathogens,” she writes on the respected US medical website Kevin MD.com.

<snip>

Dr Gibson says that whatever method is used on pubic hair – razor blades, electric shavers, tweezers, waxing, depilatories, electrolysis - “hair, like crab grass, always grows back and eventually wins.”

In her practice it is not unusual to find patients with boils and abscesses on their genitals from shaving as well as cellulitis, an infection of the scrotum, labia or penis from shaving or from having sex with someone infected.


More itchy comments and advice at the link.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #84)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:40 PM

90. She's a paid shill for Big Louse

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:13 PM

88. A global 90-day pubic shave-in, and crabs no more

OK who wants to organize this one, shaving every pube on the planet

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:15 PM

89. I say bring back merkins!

 

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