Better late than never. On Monday, the Human Rights Council put up the red equal sign as a symbol of support for marriage equality, just as the US Supreme Court began deliberating California’s Proposition 8, which declares marriage as being solely between a man and a woman. Make no mistake, opposing gay marriage (AKA marriage) is stupid, selfish, and mean. I’m not even going to argue about it. If you step up here and start on about the sanctity of marriage, you’re a bad person, and you should feel bad.
The protozoa in today’s comic are Tetrahymena thermophila, a single-celled microbe with a unique feature: They have seven sexes. As reported by Nature yesterday, Tetrahymena can belong to seven different “mating types”—each able reproduce with any of the other six, but not with its own type. To take it further, the mating type of the offspring has nothing to do with the type of its parents. It’s completely random.
Nature, you’re funny.
Hey, if you missed the Strip Search panel at PAX East, never fear: It is now available for viewing on youtube! Many thanks to Sarah (@sarahmendiola) for the extremely quick turnaround!