22. Careful what you ask for

I was having a dry spell for ideas for blog posts so I asked the closest person to me in a coffee shop if they have read anything interesting lately. The middle-aged, semi-homeless, and apparently drunk (at 8:45 am mind you) was very quick, and very pleased, to inform me that having sex with animals gives you penis cancer.

Yes, this really happened. And yes, he’s correct.

According to the article, ” Sex With Animals Linked To Penile Cancer”, “A new study finding that men who had sex with animals in their lifetimes were twice as likely to develop cancer of the penis as others.” The article details with, “The study of 492 men from rural Brazil found that 35 percent of study participants, who ranged from 18 to 80 years old and included both penile cancer patients and healthy men, reported having sex with animals (SWA) in their lifetimes.”

Another article, “Study Links Bestiality, Penile Cancer”, explains that,” ‘We think that the intense and long-term SWA practice could produce micro-traumas in the human penile tissue,’  lead author Stênio de Cássio Zequi, a urologist inSão Paulo, said. ‘The genital mucus membranes of animals could have different characteristics from human genitalia, and the animals’ secretions are probably different from human fluids.'”

This is far more fascinating to me than the constant articles in my local newspaper that run the same mundane information. Occupy Eugene is the perfect example of bland news that has been beat to the ground, yet still holds priority in the news spotlight. The news needs to diversify if it wants to stay alive. They don’t have to start with articles about penile cancer, but it’s a better suggestion than “Local Kid Catches Abundance of Crawdads”, or the repeat on a story that hasn’t progressed with new information.

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