Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How the Minnows Were Lost

Here is another story about the devastating effects of hormonal contraception on the underwater ecology. It seems scientists can crush the population of Canadian fathead minnows by exposing them to artificial estrogen at 5 parts per trillion. The male fish start producing eggs, instead of sperm, after two years of exposure and the population plummets. Who would have thought that the use of birth control leads to rapid declines in exposed populations?

3 comments:

Rob said...

Interesting conflict of PC ideologies here. Weighing in in the left hand corner of the steel cage death match, we have Free Willy. On the right, we have Thelma and Louise. Who trumps who?

Paul said...

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this estrogen
From this tiny cup.

The mates wanted sexual freedom,
The doctor gay and sure.
Five patients took the pill that day
For a three year course, a three year course.

The ecology started getting rough,
The tiny fish were tossed,
As eggs came from the spermless males
The minnows would be lost, the minnows would be lost.

JimmyV said...

It looks like my fear that no one would get the pun, was completely unfounded. Thanks for gracing this site with such a good parody.