Finally, a good argument for circumcision

Hey, Brian Morris, is that you?

I only post this because I’m about to head off to the airport to fly to England, where I’ll be talking in part about American creationism. It’s always useful to look at the British tabloids to help realize that the USA doesn’t have a monopoly on idiots.

Behave yourselves while I’m trapped in a flying tin can!


  1. Samuel Vimes says

    I can’t stop laughing at the thought of that. I’m a horrible, horrible person.

    …Yep, it’s still funny.

  2. says

    One often seen argument from pro-circ people is actually that they’re unwilling or incompetent to teach a kid to clean himself. I suspect repressed sexuality and puritan upbringing as the cause for this irrational taboo. Or they’re methheads too lazy and rocked out. Druggies and religious fanatics may have a lot in common in how they treat children.

  3. Richard Smith says

    Here in North America, you can get your Pop Rocks off.

    When the doctors told him that they had to operate, did they come right out with it, or did they sugar-coat it?

    Thinking of Pop Rocks reminded me of another sugar delivery system, Lik’M’Stix, and all the imagery that now calls forth.

    (I think that’s all of it out of my system, now…)

  4. Gregory Greenwood says

    Teh stoopid is strong with this one…

    As PZ says, if any transatlantic pharynguloids ever get depressed about the unending plague of idiocy within the US, just take a peek across the pond at we Brits in ‘Ole Blighty, and now with surety that you are not alone.

  5. madtom1999 says

    One week the sunday sport front page was ‘B52 bomber found on the moon’ with a photoshopped picture of a 10 mile long B52 on the moon. The following week the front page was ’52 mysteriously disappears”

  6. says

    They can have my foreskin when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!!! (Um. Wait a minute. That didn’t come out right.)

  7. EvoMonkey says

    New urban legend: Eating pop rocks and drinking soda didn’t kill little Mikey, this did.

  8. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    madtom1999, #14

    is correct. This isn’t any account of an actual event. Many of these tabloids pay writers to make up zany shit. I think it comes from having such horrible defamation law that they can’t make fun of real people…or couldn’t, and now making the shit up is a habit.

    Of course, that doesn’t explain the Weekly World News being published in the US…

  9. Bernard Bumner says

    Basically the Sunday Sport is National Enquirer with (surprisingly for a “newspaper”) added exploitative pornography.

    **A word of warning based on me trying to find descriptors for examples of the nasty banality of this sleazy content: don’t bother visiting their website in search of other “amusing” stories (most of the content is quarantined behind a paywall, but even the free splashes are offensive; pornographic, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, etc)**

  10. John Pieret says

    Phil Plait? Is that you?

    madtom @ 13:

    The sunday sport is not a newspaper – it does not report it makes stuff up.

    Didn’t Agent K teach you anything?

  11. numerobis says

    @crip dyke: the weekly world news is a comedy paper. You don’t need libel laws to make people laugh.

    Also, sadly, it’s not the same anymore now that it’s not at the supermarket checkout counter.

  12. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Okay, I don’t know why I didn’t notice it first pass, but I just saw that graphic again on the Pharyngula front page and noticed that, unlike in the US where they’re called “Pop Rocks” (which leads to its own jokes), this stuff that the supposed person with supposed hygiene problems supposedly put under his supposed foreskin?

    It’s called “Fizz Wiz”.
    ==> “Fizz Wiz jizz”.

    Someone clean out my mind with very saintly soap. I wish that phrase had never occurred to me.

  13. Richard Smith says

    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden (#28):

    Tsk! My mind is pure as the driven snow, and would never imagine such things… :P

  14. grumpyoldfart says

    My guess:
    Untrue story.
    False name.
    Stock photo from Getty Images or Shutterstock

  15. mudskipper says

    numerobis@27: I really miss the Weekly World News at the checkout counter too. It provided hours of entertainment while waiting in line.

    One article I still remember after all these years was a householder’s do-it-yourself article on how to cremate your pet using your backyard barbeque. Brilliant.

  16. Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :) says

    …you’d kinda think putting popping candy under one’s foreskin would *cause* circumcision.

  17. Azuma Hazuki says

    Ohhhh, grrrrooooossss! The worst part of this is thinking he didn’t wash himself down there for heaven knows how long @_@ If I had one of those I’d be washing it every day, especially if it still had a foreskin, ick…