Walruses: apparently NSFW

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This blog is mostly written by guys, and I bet you guys don't read the New York Times Styles section, and hey, I can understand that, because you're guys, but -- this is the lede of the Times' current "Critical Shopper" column:

The first time I ever came across the term "penis bone" — in JT Leroy's novel "Sarah," the main character wears such a bone on a necklace — I thought it was made up, a novelist's surreal fictional version of perma-Viagra.

Later it turned out that JT Leroy was made up, but the bone is real, the animal world's answer to successful propagation. Many mammals (homo sapiens excluded) have a bone within the erectile tissue, called a baculum, which helps during copulation. The largest baculum in the animal world belongs to the walrus, and it can grow as long as 30 inches.

Who said smarts and shopping don't mix? I can personally testify that the store being reviewed here (Evolution, in NYC's SoHo) is fantastic, as is the rest of the article, particularly the part where Alex Kuczynski wonders if there's a sister store in Dover, PA called "Intelligent Design," and figures it probably sells office furniture.

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June 22, 2006 - 5:45am
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