Male fish eggs?

I once saw a supermarket rag headline that read, "Men Can Have Babies Too!" and, after nosing through the article while waiting on line, almost believed it. (I was much younger, of course. Well, okay, only ten years younger, but honestly, who's counting?)

Yet, according to this fascinating piece over at ABC News yesterday, ""¦scientists are finding male smallmouth and largemouth bass with immature eggs in their sex organs."

Why? Mutant fish can only mean one thing, right? Right. Just like real estate or baseball pitching, it comes down to location, location, location. In this case, these unfortunate fish find themselves in the wrong part of the Potomac River at the wrong time.

Scientists have identified a large number of pollutants [in the river] that could be to blame including human estrogen from processed sewage, animal estrogen from farm manure, certain pesticides and soap additives.

Hmmm, maybe if we eat enough bass over the next several decades that old tabloid headline I read won't be considered so apocryphal after all. And, while we're on the subject of mutant fish and two-headed creatures, check out the rainbow trout below, caught in Nebraska last December!

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TASCHEN
Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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