Friday, May 16, 2008

Olympic Legacy

From The Tyee: Vancouver's Bedbug Plague
In January of 2007, British bedbug exterminator David Cane told the BBC that the 2000 Sydney Olympics was the single event most responsible for the global bedbug blight currently plaguing urban centres across Europe and North America.

The explosion of the [global bedbug] population began around the time of the Sydney Games... by the end of the games, about 98 per cent of the hotels in Sydney had at least one infected room, and because it wasn't detected early enough, it spread to other rooms in the hotels, and people transmitted them from location to location.

Whenever I read an article about bedbugs I'm always curious to see if the author has included my favourite bedbug fact:
All bedbugs mate via a process termed traumatic insemination. Instead of inserting their genitalia into the female's reproductive tract as is typical in copulation, males instead pierce females with hypodermic genitalia and ejaculate into the body cavity.
This Tyee article does not mention traumatic insemination or hypodermic genetalia, though.

Anyway, it's good to know that there will be at least one long lasting legacy from the 2010 Olympics that will affect the lives of all Vancouverites.

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