ODDS AND ENDS: Vulva poetry and other offbeat offerings


Is a man more attracted to a woman or her vulva?

That question is front and centre in a recently-discovered poem dating to the 1300s.

According to The Guardian, fragments from 60 lines of The Rose Thorn were discovered on a thin strip of paper in the library of Melk Abbey in Austrias Wachau Valley.

Austrias Academy of Sciences noted researchers found a few visible lines on the long, thin strip of parchment paper, which they identified as text from the erotic poem, The Rose Thorn — a dialogue between a woman and her private part.

In the poem, a virgin argues that her stunning looks win men over, while her vulva insists it provides true pleasure to the male species.

The erotic poems author is unknown. Copies of the poem found previoulsy dated from about 1500.

“(A)t its core, is an incredibly clever story, because of the very fact that it demonstrates that you cannot separate a person from their sex,” said Christine Glabner, of the Academy of Sciences Institute of Medieval Research.



Consider it a creepy-crawly topping with a lot of crunch.

Las Vegas pizzeria Evel Pie is offering a topping that packs protein, but might turn some stomachs off.

Evel Pie recently unveiled “The Canyon Hopper” pizza on its menu which is topped with grasshoppers.

“Its hitting the world by swarm,” Evel Pie managing partner Branden Powers told USA Today.

According to Powers, he was inspired to create the buggy pizza by Las Vegas residents who dont seem to mind the insects interacting in their daily lives.

The Canyon Hopper is topped with goat cheese, caramelized onions, chorizo sausage, arugula and roasted grasshoppers seasoned with lime and garlic.

So whats it like biting into a roasted grasshopper? USA Today stated its like chewing a pork rind.

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Some days it can get scorching hot inside a vehicle.

Maybe even hot enough to cook a meal.

Arizona politician Shawnna Bolick is calling for an investigation into unsafe work conditions for postal workers after an employee placed a raw steak on a hot delivery truck dashboard and watched it cook through the course of the day.

Bolick said postal workers endure hot temperatures in vehicles, which do not have air conditioning — with temperatures reaching 53°C.

Using pictures of the cooking steak as examples of how hot the trucks can get, Bolick noted work conditions “must be improved immediately to ensure the safety of mail carriers subjected to these dangerous temperatures.”

In a statement to news outlet KSL, a United States Parcel Service representative noted the company “works to protect its employees all year through a strong health and safety program. This includes instructions on messaging through the handheld carrier scanners, frequent service talks on recognizing heat illnesses and taking shade or hydration, and street supervision that checks on carriers during the day.”

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