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A dramatic decline in cases of pubic lice has been linked to growing enthusiasm for the Brazilian bikini wax, and trimmed shrubbery in general. Phthirus pubis is estimated to infest between 2 and 10 per cent of people worldwide, according to this report, but the species could be heading for "disaster" if humans persist in mowing …

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Unhappy

It's not all good though

Unfortunately whilst a smooth pubis is good for keeping down lice infestations, some researchers have suggested that it may have the opposite effect for other types of STD. The problem is thought to be related to the small cuts and abrasions that one inevitably makes during the process of shaving, which facilitate the spread of infection by contact.

I would post a link to this research, but I'm at work and there's no way I'm putting that in the search box.

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Re: It's not all good though

so surely that just means good hygiene needs to be practiced!

and with the evolution of light based dilapidation techniques, that will stop being an issue

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Re: It's not all good though

I think the word you were looking for is 'depilation'. I dread to think what state someone's pubis would be in to be referred to as dilapidated.

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Re: It's not all good though

If you put the right search in to Google, I'm sure it'll show you a picture.

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Re: It's not all good though

put it in the box *fnar fnar*

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Re: It's not all good though

For some reason Madonna just sprang to mind.

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Re: It's not all good though

It ain't all about waxing and shaving you know. Trimming doesn't damage the skin, and there's always the option of using frikkin laser beams to zap the follicles and keep the undergrowth down for an extended period of time.

I do recall the research in question though. I believe it was referring specifically to the spread of herpes and HIV... the research looked at promiscuous gay guys, and introduced to me the dubious term "manscaping" to refer to careful topiary with the aid of a razor.

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Careful with that razor

It can cause ingrowing hairs as they grow back and that is very painful. Trust me on this

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Re: It's not all good though

I think the word you were looking for is 'depilation'.

The way I misread that ("delepidoteration"), I thought he was talking about getting rid of butterflies.

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If you dont have some sort of horrible sexually transmitted disease... I am sure that she could point you in the right direction...

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Re: Careful with that razor

If you shave against the grain with a wet razor, sure. Something that men discovered on their throats ages ago, only writ a little more uncomfortably large :)

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Re: Careful with that razor

"It can cause ingrowing hairs as they grow back and that is very painful. Trust me on this"

You're doing it wrong.

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Re: ...someone's pubis would be in to be referred to as dilapidated.

I could fathom someone who has been working for a long time in the pr0n industry.

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Re: ingrowing hairs

So, I won't be asking YOU to shave my pubes

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Re: It's not all good though

Actually I think mine may be described as dilapidated, although I admit I haven't looked for a while. I take my dad's advice: a staunch socialist, he always said one should bathe with swimming trunks on because it's wrong to look down on the unemployed ...

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Re: It's not all good though

Have you considered a stimulus package.

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A real socialist...

would give the unemployed a hand.

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You feeling lucky? :)

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Re: Careful with that razor

Or worse. Stubble. Not just for you, but your partner.

"its like fucking a hedgehog"

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Brazilian Deforestation leads to unexpected consequences

Paris Hilton, becase we've seen she does...

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Oddly, not an entirely original solution. The ancient Egyptians dealt with lice in a very similar way.

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Oddly, not an entirely original solution. The ancient Egyptians dealt with lice in a very similar way.

And not to forget that mayonnaise with a few drops of tea tree oil deals with an existing infestation quite nicely. Something to do with the mayo emulsifying the skin so that they can't breathe through it (and they don't like tea tree too much either, so it can't hurt to add it). So much kinder (to humans) than the various synthetic chemicals the drug companies peddle.

Anon because ... well, obviously!

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Mayo doesn't grow on trees, you know ;)

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Origins of the Mayo Clinic?

I checked their web site, and they seem to have diversified now...

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Male Australian students? I didn't study there, I studied in Cardiff. The only bloke I know who removed his pubic hair was my mate who, whilst on a shuttle bus full of revellers between the town centre and the larger out of town night clubs stood up in the aisle, lowered his smalls and set fire to his pubes. This would have been funny enough, but the flames spread up his 'crab ladder' (hair between his pubes and belly button) which he tried to smother with his forearm... alas, the hair on forearm caught alight too.

On another occasion he liberated some ether from his campus lab and furiously cycled through the daffodils. I hope he doing well.

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> Male Australian students?

I understand it's becoming more popular amongst chaps because losing all the shrubbery makes one's trouser parts look proportionally bigger.

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Is it good or bad?

All the "Tech" sites that I follow seem to find this story very interesteing and seem to all have reports on it, but not one of them has mentioned if its a good or a bad thing (for us of course, we know its bad for the lice).

Could this be one of those things like the bacteria in our belly buttons that is actually good for the human race in general?

Enquiring minds want to know ...

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Re: Is it good or bad?

I've never had crabs but I've heard tales. The conclusion I reached was that not having lice is better than having them.

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Re: Is it good or bad?

Having had crabs, I concur that life is better without them!

That was 20 years ago and the pharmacist didn't bat an eyelid when I told him and he offered me some spray.

I'm glad I did worry and put one on when she said "don't worry about condoms"!

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easy way to get rid of crabs is to rub sugar into your affected regions

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it rots their teeth....

:-)

I did hear a story once about a local guy who decided the DIY way to remove them was a good old burn-em-out, rubbed in some petrol and .... lets just say a night in A&E and a few days wrapped up so he could get on with writing his Darwin Award runner-up speech

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Re: Is it good or bad?

Frank Zappa would recommend the Blue Lotion

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Re: Is it good or bad?

I was always told to shave a strip down the middle. put lighter fluid on one side, light it, and stab the little bastards with a fork as they ran for cover.

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I read that as "Public louse..."

...and was expecting another story about some "family values" politician imploding in a specular display. I feel slightly cheated :-(

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Re: I read that as "Public louse..."

Give it a few minutes and I'm sure some (minor or otherwise) politico will oblige.

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Re: I read that as "Public louse..."

As I read your comment, a mental image of John Boehner popped up.

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We need to save them crawlies!

open a special reserve where they could grow happily in their natural habitat.

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Re: We need to save them crawlies!

I nominate Frankie Boyle's beard.

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Re: We need to save them crawlies!

I nominate Sean Connery

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Re: We need to save them crawlies!

Follow the lead of agriculrure and offer subsidies for leaving areas untouched as "set-aside"

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Re: We need to save them crawlies!

Or Russell Brand, to combine a vast sanctuary with a shag-tastic transport mechanism.

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Re: We need to save them crawlies!

If it will shut him up.

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Re: We need to save them crawlies!

'I nominate Sean Connery'

see offshoring isn't always bad.

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Re: Nikolai Markus - Bushes (Norman Cook Remix / 1999)

Surely the more recent, albeit less dancey, Amanda Palmer - Map of Tasmania?

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Re: Nikolai Markus - Bushes (Norman Cook Remix / 1999)

Surely the best backing track would be the great Ivor Biggun's "Dorothy Please Trim Your Hinge (misprint )"

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IT Angle

The I.T. angle?

Shaved privates more predominant in porn than anywhere else. . .

pron is on the net

the nets made out of I.T.

is that it?

what do I win?

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Is it bad that....

.... I read one of the sister's name as "Jurrasic" and my first thought was "my god, she must be ancient!"

Beer, because it might fix my eyesight....

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Re: Is it bad that....

You think that's bad... I as I read her sister Juracy's name I thought "Apple"!

I'm afraid it'll take more than beer to fix me! :o(

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same here - I'm a bit diselksik too ;-)

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