- Hey Girl 4:47pm ET
Cave-dwelling bugs in Brazil, belonging to the rare Neotrogla genus, set themselves apart in more ways than one, National Geographic reported.
Scientists studying the bugs found that the females possess genitalia structurally and functionally similar to a penis, while the males use a vagina-like opening to distribute their sperm. The researchers published their study in the journal Current Biology.
"It was a surprise for all of us," Rodrigo Ferreira, the study's co-author, said. "This elaborate female penis is completely unique."
It's also quite fit.
Researchers looking at the copulating insects found the couples mated for an average of 50 hours, with one pairing hitting the 73-hour mark. The scientists said the findings could be used to test different hypotheses about sexual selection and the evolution of genitalia.
- Watch this 4:25pm ET
When in doubt, have a couple of little kids deliver the message.
That's apparently PETA's plan with a YouTube video it posted this week. The infamous animal rights group is upset with the White House for using real, hard-boiled eggs at its annual Easter Egg Roll, notes Opposing Views.
So, in the video, three young girls lay out their logic to the First Lady as to why plastic would be better:
"I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed."
"If all the other first ladies jumped off a bridge, would you?"
"You're better than this!"
With patriotic music playing behind them, the girls note far-beyond-their-years statistics on how many chickens remain caged up to produce the thousands of eggs slated to be used at the Easter Egg Roll. The math comes out to "like, a gazillion eggs!"
Watch the whole video, below. --Sarah Eberspacher
- bids 3:48pm ET
Do you believe in — sentimentality?
Mark Pavelich does not, at least not too much; the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team forward is putting his gold medal up for auction, beginning next week.
Pavelich, 56, is not broke and strapped for cash. Rather, he wants to "help his kids out with education, the trust and that kind of thing," according to Heritage sports director Chris Ivy, whose company is handling the auction.
Bidding on the medal starts at $62,500 and goes up from there, with Ivy anticipating a final base number closer to $250,000. Another medal from the team belonging to Mark Wells sold for $310,700 back in 2010. Pavelich earned two assists in the semifinal victory, one of them on the game-winning goal by forward Mike Eruzione.
"(Pavelich) marches to the beat of a different drummer," Eruzione said. "But that's why we love him."
- Breakfast of champions 2:39pm ET
Surgeons called the three-hour operation to remove 12 gold bars from an Indian man's stomach earlier this month "tedious."
The 63-year-old businessman visited his doctor in Delhi, saying he had swallowed a bottle cap out of anger. Instead, surgeons discovered 12 gold bars, weighing nearly a pound. India is the world's largest gold consumer, and people try to smuggle the substance into the country, because of the high duty costs.
Doctors told the BBC that authorities were questioning the businessman, and that they had taken the gold, which is pretty brave, considering.
"I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient," Dr. CS Ramachandran, a senior surgeon at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said. "But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable."
- This is terrible 1:50pm ET
South Korean officials determined messages thought to be from passengers on a capsized ferry were actually hoaxes, Korea Real Time reported on Thursday.
Hundreds of text messages had been sent to family members and friends of the ferry's missing passengers, apparently from the trapped individuals' phones.
"Dad, don't worry. I've got a life vest on and we're huddled together," one text read. Another: "Mom, I'm sending this message now in case I don't get to say it later: I love you."
But officials from South Korea's Cyber Terror Response Center said records showed no phone calls, messages or other communications had been made after the ferry sank. Police are investigating the hoax, and they said whoever is behind the messages will face criminal charges.
- Watch this 12:31pm ET
"That's what you think? You're not from Jersey."
Audiences this summer can experience the Garden State's Frankie Valli and his Jersey Boys, though, courtesy of Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Broadway musical. The Tony-winning John Lloyd Young reprises his role as Frankie Valli for the film, and if the first trailer, below, is any indication, the classic songs of Valli and the Four Seasons translate well on screen.
Will audiences clamor for another musical-turned-movie, though? We'll find out when Jersey Boys hits theaters on June 20. --Sarah Eberspacher
- Tech Check 11:34am ET
If you're a glue-gun-wielding crafts fan, Michaels Stores Inc. says it is really, really sorry that your debit or credit card may have been affected by a security breach.
The nation's largest arts-and-crafts chain announced details of the security breach on Thursday, more than three months after the company first disclosed the possible data breach, the Associated Press reports.
"Our customers are always number one priority and we are truly sorry for an inconvenience or concern Michaels may have caused," CEO Chuck Rubin said in a statement.
Michaels' report estimates about 2.6 million debit and credit cards used at its stores between May 8, 2013 and January 27 of this year were compromised. While the data breach apparently did not include personal information such as names, addresses or PIN numbers, compromised data did include payment card numbers and expiration dates. Subsidiary chain Aaron Brothers was also attacked, with about 400,000 customers' cards potentially compromised.
The company is offering free identity protection, credit monitoring and fraud assistance services to affected customers for 12 months, the AP noted.
- Oops 10:31am ET
Somewhere in Indianapolis, an NCAA public relations employee is not having a good morning.
NCAA President Mark Emmert appeared on Mike & Mike this morning, and the ESPN radio show apparently thought hyping the segment with a hashtag trend would be a good idea.
It was not.
Instead, the Twitterverse hopped on the #AskEmmert Q&A and began railing against the NCAA, Emmert's arguments for athletes' amateur status, and more. Below, a few of our favorite tweets from the brouhaha: --Sarah Eberspacher
#AskEmmert If you made your school millions of dollars and saw your jersey in the bookstore for $60 - would you be mad? Because I'd be livid— Marco Scola (@Marco_Scola) April 18, 2014
#askemmert What does a non-profit organization do with billion dollar tv contracts?— Mike Hart (@TheNavyMike) April 18, 2014
Only #AskEmmert can preform an Easter Miracle in bringing UK & Lou fan bases together to laugh at a common enemy.— Dado (@QuasiDado) April 18, 2014
- Coming Soon 9:52am ET
Coming soon to a book store near you: Hard Choices, the newest book from best-selling author Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"All of us face hard choices in our lives," Clinton writes at the book's beginning. "Life is about making these choices, and how we handle them shapes the people we become."
The book's title and cover, released today by publisher Simon & Schuster, begins the PR blitz ahead of the June 10 release. Detailing Clinton's time as secretary of State, the memoir dovetails nicely with a — still theoretical — 2016 presidential bid. Simon & Schuster's news may have been a bit overshadowed, though, as Clinton announced her excitement on Thursday over daughter Chelsea's pregnancy announcement:
My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be! @billclinton and I are thrilled that Chelsea and Marc are expecting their first child!— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 17, 2014
Former first lady, New York senator, secretary of State, author — grandmother-to-be could nevertheless prove Clinton's most lasting title.
- Change of heart 3:56am ET
Charles Cooper, the lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in defense of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage, announced that his views on the matter are "evolving."
The change of heart occurred after Cooper learned his stepdaughter was gay. The Associated Press reports that in a new book about Proposition 8, Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, Cooper says, "My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people's do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it ten years ago."
As the AP points out, Cooper isn't alone in changing his mind on same-sex marriage after learning a child is gay. In 2013, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) reversed his opposition after he found out his son was gay.
Cooper's stepdaughter, Ashley, is set to marry her partner in Massachusetts this summer.
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