Headlines that make you hold your nose while smiling

April 18, 2009

OK, so this headline showed up in my BBC News website feed (I have it bookmarked in Firefox as a Live Bookmark):

Tasmania’s wombat poo paper a hit

What sort of comment could I possibly make that would do justice to this headline?  None, I’ve tried and can’t even begin.  Oh, well…


Headlines that show just how little we have evolved

April 7, 2009

From the BBC News website, this report in the Science & Environment section about research by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (part of the Max Planck Society, named for German Physicist Max Planck) was headlined:

Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex

In the article, researcher Dr Cristina Gomes is quoted as saying:

Dr Gomes thinks that her findings could even provide clues about human evolution.

She suggests this study could lay the foundations for human studies exploring the link between “good hunting skills and reproductive success”.

“This has got me really interested in humans,” she said. “I’m thinking of moving on to working with hunter-gatherers.”

Methinks she needs to get out more often…