Comments: Proof at last!

Here's a gem of hack science that Fox News reported yesterday:


The polar ice cap may not be the only thing shrinking in the Arctic.
The genitals of polar bears in eastern Greenland are apparently dwindling in size due to industrial pollutants, a new study finds.
Scientists report that this shrinkage could, in the worst-case scenario, endanger polar bears on Greenland and elsewhere by spoiling their love lives and causing their numbers to peter out.

Our tax dollars at work, I'm sure :P
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,210444,00.html

Posted by Shadoglare at August 28, 2006 07:33 PM

Damn - I just got home and was gonna "weather blog" but you beat me to it.

And to add to what you said - the wind this afternoon while smoking a cigarette was down right brisk!!!

Posted by Tammi at August 28, 2006 07:33 PM

"The genitals of polar bears in eastern Greenland are apparently dwindling in size due to industrial pollutants, a new study finds."

I don't think it's confined to just polar bears. Bet global warming has something to do with that too. That would explain alot.

Posted by Sticks at August 28, 2006 07:42 PM

I wonder how many millions of dollars were spent to determine the size of polar bear genitalia? Sounds like the $80,000 study to figure out which ketchup actually poured the slowest. For no particular reason except to test advertizing claims. Or the great hack scientist from, I believe, Syracuse who published "research" that Monarch butterfly populations were being devestated by chemicals. Only to later be exposed as a fraud for falsifying and lying in his "research."

But I still have one question. How did they get the data to show that Polar Bear Genitalia are shrinking?

Posted by Petey at August 28, 2006 08:39 PM

Probably talked some idiot into going out and getting a feel for the situation.

Posted by Contagion at August 28, 2006 08:48 PM

Sadly, I read most of the report. It cost a LOT more than $80K. And they determined the size by measuring dead ones, so the live ones didn't even get a cheap feel. Then again, how much would someone have to pay YOU to go around grabbing a friggin BEAR by the balls?

Posted by Ogre at August 29, 2006 01:27 PM