Snails, one of France’s signature dishes, could be off the menu if the country fails to stem an invasion by a slimy worm from Southeast Asia, scientists warned on Tuesday.
The warning is being sounded over a voracious species called the New Guinea flatworm.
It is already on a list of the 100 most dangerous invasive species in the world as it has a relentless appetite for native snails and earthworms in places where it has been introduced.
Workers at a botanical gardens in Caen, Normandy, called in scientific help after they spotted a strange, dark, flat-as-a-pancake worm among their greenhouse plants.
Reporting in the journal PeerJ on Tuesday, a team of French experts said DNA tests had confirmed their worst fears: Platydemus manokwari has arrived in Europe.
“This species is extraordinarily invasive,” said Jean-Lou Justine of the National Museum of Natural History. “I really hope it can be stopped at the earliest stages.”Â Read more »
Fancy being told as a bloke you can’t pee standing up anymore. F*ck off.
Exactly…that would be my response. But in Europe the pantywaists are in the ascendency.
There are many ways to remove a manâ€™s dignity. One of the foremost, however, has got to be forcing him to urinate sitting down.
At least, thatâ€™s how it seems to me. But the issue isnâ€™t quite so clear-cut for the Swedes. Viggo Hansen, a councillor from the Left Party in SĂ¶rmland â€“ a socialist feminist outfit â€“ tabled a motion to ban urinals. Thatâ€™s right. He wants to force Swedish men onto their haunches whenever they visit the lavatory.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the Swedes are even attempting to indoctrinate little boys at nursery, drumming into them the message â€śbe a sweetie and take a seatieâ€ť. …
Feminist groups in France and Holland have been campaigning on the issue under slogans like â€ślaissez tomber votre pantalon, et asseyez vous!â€ť (lower your trousers and sit!), and â€śtoch niet weer een vieze plas op MIJN badkamer vloer!â€ť (not another filthy puddle on MY bathroom floor!).Â Read more »
The principality of Liechtenstein is divided into eleven municipalities (Gemeinden â€“ singular Gemeinde), most consisting of only a single town. Five of the Gemeinden fall within the electoral district Unterland (lower country), the remainder are within Oberland (upper country).
Seven of the Gemeinden have one or more exclaves, in addition to the main territory:
- Â Â Â Balzers: 2 exclaves
- Â Â Â Eschen: 2 exclaves
- Â Â Â Gamprin: 1 exclave
- Â Â Â Planken: 4 exclaves, of which 1 is a true enclave
- Â Â Â Schaan: 4 exclaves, of which 1 is a true enclave
- Â Â Â Triesenberg: 1 exclave (around the town of Malbun)
- Â Â Â Vaduz: 6 exclaves, of which 2 are true enclaves
Europa Polyglotta, Linguarum Genealogiam exhibens, una cum Literis, Scribendique modis, Omnium Gentium (“multilingual Europe, exhibiting a genealogy of tongues together with the letters and modes of writing of all peoples”), from Synopsis Universae Philologiae (1741).