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Next "Endangered Species": Crab lice?

A Dutch museum is appealing for donations: they need crab lice - or at least one louse. No questions asked . . . and they are afraid for the species, reports Toby Sterling for the Associated Press :

A Dutch museum said Friday it is having trouble getting its hands on a parasite that just about everybody else is anxious to avoid: crabs.

The Rotterdam Natural History Museum has appealed for somebody--anybody--to give it a single crab louse for its collection, amid fears they may be dying out.

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The article, titled "Did the Brazilian Kill the Pubic Louse?" found that crabs rates had fallen first in women, and several years later in men in Leeds. The authors hypothesized that the bikini wax known as "The Brazilian" that removes all or most pubic hair, might be to blame.

"When the bamboo forests that the Giant Panda lives in were cut down, the bear became threatened with extinction. Pubic lice can't live without pubic hair," Moeliker said.

Read the whole article at the link above. What's next? Will the EPA add crab lice to the "Endangered Species list" and prohibit "bikini waxing" in order to preserve the species? They do it for other worthless varmints . . .

My late father related getting a case in the Navy in WWII. Back then, there weren't the plethora of OTC remedies, so he relied on the folk remedy suggested by a fellow sailor: "Douse the affected area in kerosene, then immediate rinse it off, and they'll be gone."

Dad decided he had a particularly bad infestation, though, so he thought he would leave the kerosene on for a minute before rinsing it off, just to be sure. "That," he confided to me, "was a mistake."


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He made a mistake. You are ... (Below threshold)

He made a mistake. You are supposed to shave one side, soak the other side with gas and set it on fire. Stab those trying to excape with an ice pick.

Okay, that earned a LOL, bu... (Below threshold)

Okay, that earned a LOL, but that's about it.
Not even crocodile tears for these guys!

Scrappy ~ Sure, but this w... (Below threshold)

Scrappy ~ Sure, but this was 1944, and we didn't have all those modern medical techniques . . .


A Dutch museum is appea... (Below threshold)

A Dutch museum is appealing for donations: they need crab lice

Well ok, I might see if I can help.

But not until confirmation they have exhausted all known resources.

Have they contacted Britney, Paris and the rest of the Pop Tarts? Not to mention Rosie.

Since when do crabs get lic... (Below threshold)

Since when do crabs get lice? No wonder they're endangered.

Paris and Brittany both hav... (Below threshold)

Paris and Brittany both have Brazilian's Marc!

Jeez, look at the pic's on Wizbang Pop!

Crab lice endangered?... (Below threshold)

Crab lice endangered?

Hell no, not as long as there are Republicans to host them..

charlie:"Hell ... (Below threshold)


"Hell no, not as long as there are Republicans to host them.."

I believe you have your terminology incorrect. We don't host them, we raise them to be sold when full grown to the likes of Fat Boy Kennedy and Slick Wille's consorts.

And of course the bugs have "bugs," so we can spy on them illegally.

marc:You're right,... (Below threshold)


You're right, they should definitely contact Paris Hilton.


"That," he confided to me, "was a mistake."

LOL--so your Dad basically had his "Home Alone" moment...on the opposite (and wrong) half of his body.

I'm sure this 'Brazilian' i... (Below threshold)

I'm sure this 'Brazilian' is a warming phenomenon.

Paris Hilton has a healthy ... (Below threshold)

Paris Hilton has a healthy farm of them, most likely. That solves that problem. That is a gross clip though. LOL

And let use also list drago... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

And let use also list dragons,griffins,unicorns and a phoenix on the ESA after all liberals are as wacky as they can be and while were at it lets add some of those savage man eating birds that hycules scared away they have beaks and claws of brass and they likes nice tender liberals SQUAWK SQUAWK, BURP

SQUAWK, SQUAWK, SPLAT... (Below threshold)







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