Thursday, January 25, 2007

I bring good tidings of great joy for all adherents of virgin births.

At long last we have scientific proof that you can screw yourself thanks to an 8 year old Mother in Manchester, England. Her name is Flora and she gave birth to five little boys..without being fertilised by a male. Imagine being single gal, minding your own business, and then poof you're pregnant and they are all boys!

Flora is a Komodo Dragon, one of only 4,000 left in the entire world. The virgin birth was achieved through an asexual process known as parthenogenesis which has been recorded before in other reptiles.

Congratulations Flora!
There are two eggs left to hatch and I am willing to bet that they are also both males.

Now this adaptation to overcoming scarce reproductive partners obviously begs the question:
If this happened on an isolated corner of her native Indonesian Island would Flora then reproduce with her boys (eeeew)
or could she make a batch of females for them (eeeew)
...either way it is quite incestuous.

Reptiles generally only produce males if environmental circumstances are favorable.

Flora will need some names for her boys.
Here in Whateverpeg the most popular names of 2006 were:
Aidan, Alexander, Dylan, Ethan, Joshua, Liam, Logan, Mathew, Noah & Owen

If the last two eggs are girls (doubters):
Abigail, Alexis, Ava, Chloe, Emily, Emma, Hailey, Hannah, Madison & Sarah.


  1. not the cutest is she, Flora? Probably was the only way she was going to get pregnant.

  2. ziggi,
    Hahaha! Luv it. I didn't want to say anything because there is an old addage about there being
    a Lid for every Pot.
    Mind you she is in prison.

  3. Anonymous10:33 a.m.

    Pfft! My kids names have been on the most popular list for about fifteen years now. I have no imagination.

  4. Anonymous11:43 a.m.

    it's all pretty amazing!

  5. Madison!!!! Wooo!!!!


    We hardly ever get mentioned, and people frequently think Milwaukee is the capitol of Wisconsin. Duh!!

  6. Anonymous12:41 p.m.

    fascinating dude! did you read about the female in london zoo last year who did the same thing? parthenogenesis typically results in all males... hence the reason why it happens so seldom!

  7. mj,
    So let it be written,
    So let it be donn!

    miss cellania,
    I found that naming my children was far more difficult than it should have are torn between (guys anyway) between favorite superhero names like THOR or movie characters like Pikachu!
    Girls names are dainty little delicate things and guys only remember names of porn stars or Disney characters.
    My wife is a teacher so she had to systematically ixnay 2 decades of Uh-Uh thanks to former students.

    angela,'s Nature's way of telling you, somethings you remember that song?

    WooHOO! When I played NAME THE CAPITAL OF with Americans they never, ever knew that one and half of the time they'd say Cleveland???

    I'm positive that it's the same Dragon but the eggs just makes sense that the byproduct would be Males because that's what was missing.
    I know that reptile eggs like Crocs only morph into boy Crocs if the temperature in the nest stays above 70 or something like that...quite an ingenius form of population control...I had better go and revise my script.

  8. Cleveland?? Ack. No child left behind, my ASS!

    If anyone wants to see our beautiful city with its capitol dome (largest freestanding dome in the entire country), see The Last Kiss (starring Zach Braff, 2006).
    It was filmed here and in Quebec.

  9. tidalgrrrl,
    Yeah..perhaps they should revise that slogan to
    'No Child Left WAY Behind'.
    The present administration should also review the geography text books and correct a few of the errors regarding the Middle East such as:
    InthebagDad!, Iraqistan,
    Theyran, Iranistan,
    Realodd, Salty Alabia,
    Yoda, Guitar,
    Yabba Dabbi, United Emir Arabits, and Muskrat, Oilman.

  10. You've gotta love Randy California.

    Noah's a good names. As old as the Ark, you know.

  11. Anonymous5:22 p.m.

    Along the evolutionary trail, humans sacrificed certain reptilian attributes to accommodate stuff like language. Among these scrifices was a penis.Yep! Them lucky ol' lizards done got TWO! Although...a certain iguana in Antwerp is about to have one of his removed.(Perhaps the origin of our expression "trouser snake"?)
    Language really was worth the sacrifice!

  12. Anonymous6:20 p.m.

    I quite like the names Alexis and Ava. I hope she goes with those ones, if girls names are needed.

    Now, can we be sure that she didn't sleep with a guy? This seems kind of suspicious. It sounds like a story a teenage girl would tell to her parents as an excuse for gettin' knocked up.

  13. Wow...I think that a Komodo Dragon named Joshua is SOOO HOT.

  14. Anonymous7:34 p.m.

    I'm not sure if it would be considered a blessing or a tragedy if humans were capable of asexual reproduction.

    Moving on to the topic of names, my husband once told me to wipe off the horrified look on my face when I heard a mom call her son ELMO at a birthday party.

  15. speaking of single sex sex among the reptiles....

    if you cant be with the one you love, love the one you're with!

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  17. Anonymous11:25 p.m.

    Somehow Chloe Komodo doesn't work for me. Sounds kind of like a sexually transmitted disease.

  18. Anonymous12:29 a.m.

    hemm...this is day you wake up and youre pregnant!

  19. Anonymous2:59 a.m.

    ghosty, you can't get pregnant.You can not have that priviledge for a LONG time to come. No worry for you there.

    sorry, h.e., I had say that to ghost. I have been too good for too long. Time for me to throw a punch here and there.

    Like, why you men so concerned about virgin births? You always were/are/will be highly overated by none other than yourselves...

    And what with males or females? Maybe the Komodo Dragons more need males!

  20. Anonymous8:07 a.m.

    I think it's shocking. Shocking! Unwed mother going about having all those babies for someone else to support! The nerve!

    Iranistan is the name of a street in Bridgeport. For some reason the natives pronouce it Urn-stin. Given the lack of geographical knowledge of most of the people I know, I'm guessing most folks think there is an Iranistan.

  21. Anonymous1:14 p.m.


  22. geoff,
    Out here in the Colony 'Randy' does not mean is just a name given to people who always seem to be redheads.

    You seem to be quite an expert on dipenilism...are you on your way to save that poor lizard...
    the Iguana
    who doesn't wanna
    lose a banana!

    You are right it does sound suspicious but who wants to stay up with a Dragon all night to see if someone is sneakin' in at night.

    I am going to go with my heart on this one and stick with alliteration..
    Kevin Komodo or Konrad, Keith, Keifer, Kenny...

    Elmo is an unfortunate choice..right up there with Eeyore, Satan, Maximus, Busty, and Dumbass.

    first nations,
    You found this by accident right?

    Chloekomodo would get teased at school but she could bite them and deliver a fatal dosage of her toxic saliva...septic poisoning is a very slow and painful way to die.

  23. There's a part of me that envies Flora.


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