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Beware! Strontium in Water Will Turn You Gay!

Beware! Strontium in Water Will Turn You Gay!

The Mayor of a little town on Peru’s coast is blaming the presence of the metal strontium in its water for increased homosexuality in his town.

José Benítez, Huarmey mayor, says:

“Unfortunately Strontium reduces male hormones and suddenly we’ll be as Tabalosos, as other towns, where the percentages are increasing of homosexuality.”

Tabalosos is located in the department of San Martin, in the interior of Peru — where the water comes from. Some years ago a Peruvian television program said that its population was predominantly homosexual, an image according to Tabalosos’ mayor, Jorge Luis Vasquez, ‘which is costing us.’

“Young people have low self-esteem by this stigma,” said Vasquez.

Vasquez has described Benítez’s comments as nonsense and has asked him to prove what he says or to apologize.

Benitez’s words have also caused outrage among the Tabalosina population.

Benítez made the comments during an opening ceremony for a local “Water for All” project.

Strontium is naturally occurring and mined for many uses, particularly in glass for color cathode ray tube televisions as it filters out x-rays. Levels in human remains have been used to locate where individuals come from, including in ancient burial sites in Peru.

Dr. Robert Castro Rodriguez, dean of the College of Pharmaceutical Chemistry of Lima, told Peruvian radio that large amounts of strontium in the body can cause bone cancer, anemia and cardiovascular complications — but not homosexuality.

Last year, Bolivian president Evo Morales said that chicken eating causes homosexuality — and baldness.

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10:43AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

So sad that such an ignorant became the mayor... funny though, you better laugh than taking him seriously, anyway, has anyone on Earth taken him seriously?

11:04AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

"Beware! Strontium in Water Will Turn You Gay!"

Thanks for the tip.

10:52AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

wow i didn't know water can make you gay. Stupid people shouldn't make assumptions

9:14AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Well its really awesome he discovered this............ lets put it in everyones water so the population of the world might decrease!

honestly though, i cant do anything but laugh at this guy...

7:12PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

"Last year, Bolivian president Evo Morales said that chicken eating causes homosexuality — and baldness."

Ah, Coca Evo! Never one to disappoint in his criticisms of sick, decadent, chicken-eating capitalism! What a terrible place the Northern Hemisphere must be!

But isn't it good to have a simple answer? No more complexities of homo-emotional deprivation, no fantasizing or eroticizing, no inculcated desire to ingest the attributes from an idolized partner of one's own sex... just ingest poultry! Or strontium.

These charges are on a level with the West African claim that a handshake with a foreigner will cause one's penis to retract back into the body and vanish.

7:56AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

What will people think of next?

4:33AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

The stupidity of some people knows no bounds.

9:47AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Water-gay?? No, never heard.

6:49AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Interesting but stupid.

1:20AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

thanks for sharing

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