BUT DON'T BELIEVE THE RUMORS THAT HAVING IT DONE TWICE MAKES YOU DOUBLY SAFE FROM AIDS. MAN, DID WE LEARN THAT LESSON THE HARD WAY.

Male circumcision reduces the risk that men will contract HIV through intercourse with infected women by about 70 percent, according to a study reported in The Wall Street Journal.

THE PROBLEM IS THAT JUST LINKING TO THIS ARTICLE IS GOING TO MAKE OUR SITE COME UP ON ALL THE SEARCH ENGINES FOR PEOPLE SEEKING "SCHOOLGIRL SKIRT  SEX."

A British high school is under fire for its ban on girls in skirts. The move to gender-neutral dress, administrators say, is meant to "enhance all of our pupils' overall educational experience."

Outraged parents, who want to avoid buying new wardrobes for their daughters, and who suspect that the ban is illegal, are consulting with a human-rights lawyer. One mom, who desperately hoped not to be quoted out of context, told a reporter, "My daughter doesn't like wearing trousers."

OUR PROBLEM WITH ALL OF THESE STUDIES IS THAT, AS A CHILD IN THE 1970's, WE WATCHED APPROXIMATELY NINE HOURS OF TV A DAY, AND WE TURNED OUT JUST DY-NO-MITE!

But we'd be remiss if we didn't report on the latest news on kids and TV: People who watched too much TV as kids achieved lower educational levels as adults, and kids with TVs in their rooms score demonstrably lower on standardized tests.

“While this study does not prove that bedroom TV sets caused the lower scores, it adds to accumulating data that kids shouldn’t have TVs in their bedrooms,” said Dr. Thomas Robinson of Stanford University.

Sit on it, Dr. Robinson!

HAVE A DIP IN HIS HONOR THIS EVENING

Mike Yurosek, the inventor of the baby carrot, died a few weeks ago, having made a major contribution to hummus lovers everywhere:

In 1986, he was harvesting 2,500 tons of carrots a day and throwing away 400 tons because they were misshapen, bent or broken. He set about to find a way to use the discarded carrots and perfected a way to shave 2-inch segments into "baby" carrots, an innovation credited with changing the entire industry and boosting sales of carrots by 35 percent.

It was that easy. And let that be a lesson to our children: When life gives you troubles, chop them up into little two-inch pieces and then see what you have.

ADVICE WE HOPE YOUR FAMILY WILL NEVER HAVE TO USE, BUT WORTH NOTING IN ANY CASE

Gary Wolf of Wired magazine reviewed some of the conclusions of those studying how, when, and why people got out of the World Trade Center on 9/11. One indisputable conclusion appears to be that those who disregarded the advice of local authorities fared much better than those who followed it. In the future, Wolf advises, "Disobey authority."

In a connected world, ordinary people often have access to better information than officials do .... the people inside the towers were better informed and far more knowledgeable than emergency operators far from the scene .... News of what was happening passed by word of mouth, and fellow workers pressed hesitating colleagues to continue their exit .... This is the real source of homeland security: not authoritarian schemes of surveillance and punishment, but multichannel networks of advice, information, and mutual aid.

THIS ISN'T SO RELEVANT FOR US, THOUGH. WE KNOW THAT WHEN TINY GIRL GETS SENT HOME FROM NURSERY SCHOOL,  IT'LL JUST BE FOR WHACKING SOME OTHER KID IN THE HEAD.

But the rest of you should read this article, print it out, and mail it to your nursery-school director, because it proves what you've always suspected: Preschools too often jump the gun and send kids home for showing symptoms that aren't contagious.

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