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Sesame Street's YouTube channel hit by porn video hack

Sesame Street has been hit by hackers who uploaded explicit sex videos to the YouTube channel of the popular children's TV show.
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Sesame Street Live characters (L-R), Ernie, Bert, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Zoe and Cookie Monster celebrate the renaming of the corner of 31st Street and Eighth Avenue to 'Sesame Street' outside Madison Square Garden in New York. Sesame Street's YouTube channel was taken offline October 17, 2011, after being hit by hackers that uploaded porn videos. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sesame Street's YouTube channel has been hit by hackers who uploaded hardcore porn videos to the normally child-friendly page.

The Sesame Street channel was taken offline Sunday afternoon, reportedly within 20 minutes of the porn hack being spotted, BBC News says.

CNN quipped that Sesame Street's YouTube page had been reprogrammed "with content brought to you by the letter 'X'."

The long-running American children's TV show has more than 140,000 subscribers to its YouTube page, and its videos have been watched almost 500 million times, the BBC says.

According to the BBC, a message posted alongside the explicit sex videos said: "Who doesn't like porn kids?"

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, apologized Sunday for the hacking incident.

"Our channel was compromised and we are presently working with YouTube/Google to restore our original content," Sesame Workshop said, according to CNN. "We always strive to provide age-appropriate content for our viewers and hope to resolve this problem quickly."


South African court says Chinese condoms "too small"

Pretoria court blocks government contract for 11 million female condoms because the made-in-China condoms are 20 percent too small.
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A worker displays 'Clinton' brand condoms produced by the Guangzhou Haojian Bio-science Co during a promotion in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. (China Photos/Getty Images)

A South African court has stopped the government from buying 11 million condoms from China on the grounds that the made-in-China condoms are too small.

But the problem is not what you might expect — the condoms in this case are for women.

Judge Sullette Potterill set aside a decision by South Africa's finance minister to award a contract for the supply of female condoms to a KwaZulu-Natal company that planned to import the condoms from China, Johannesburg's Citizen newspaper reports.

The Chinese female condoms, with the brand name "Phoenurse," have not been approved by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Agency or the South African Bureau of Standards, and are 20 percent smaller than the approved product, South Africa's Beeld newspaper reports.

As well, the Chinese condoms are made from polyurethane, instead of nitrile like the approved condoms.

Instead, the judge awarded the contract to a Cape Town company that can supply the correct product.

Judge Potterill of the Pretoria high court said it was unthinkable that a government department would have allowed a company to provide South Africans with condoms that aren't up to code, the Citizen reports. 


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Stone Age erotic art discovered in Germany

Archaeologists have discovered erotic cave engravings in Germany, the first time that Stone Age cave art has been found in the country.
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An archaeologist works on remains found near in the eastern German city of Oechlitz on October 19, 2009. (JENS SCHLUETER/AFP/Getty Images)

Archaeologists have found Stone Age cave art in Germany for the first time, including images of nude women engraved onto a wall in a cave said to have phallic-shaped rock formations.

The discovery of the erotic engravings in a cave near the southern German city of Bamberg follows decades of searching, a spokeswoman for the Bavarian State Office for Historical Preservation told Agence France-Presse.

German weekly Die Zeit reports that the cave engravings are believed to be around 12,000 years old, making them the first Stone Age artworks ever found in the country.

They include depictions of women’s bodies and unidentifiable symbols, with the artists appearing to have drawn inspiration from rock formations in the cave resembling breasts and penises, the spokeswoman, Beate Zarges, told AFP.

Geologist and archaeologist Bernhard Haeck, who is part of the team that discovered the erotic cave art, said the 16-foot-long cave chamber may have been used for fertility rituals.

Researchers are continuing to study the erotic cave engravings, and the site is currently closed to the public.

In 2008, a voluptuous Venus carving was found buried 10 feet beneath a cave floor in southwest Germany.


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Gonorrhea "superbug" in Japan

Scientists warn that a drug-resistant strain of the sexually transmitted disease could spread beyond Japan in a few decades.
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A lab technician holds a bacteria culture that shows a positive infection of enterohemorrhagic E. coli (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

You may not have thought that gonorrhea could get scarier.

But it has.

Scientists have discovered a new strain of drug-resistant gonorrhea in Japan. 

The "superbug," as scientists call bacteria that has mutated to survive, is resistant to all the antibiotics currently used to treat gonorrhea, and doctors warn that it could turn the once easily curable infection into a major health crisis.

Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who discovered the strain, menacingly labeled H041, in samples from Kyoto, told Reuters that the discovery isn't entirely surprising.

“Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it,” he said.

Scientists warned last year that gonorrhea could mutate following reports of gonorrhea drug resistance in Hong Kong, China, Australia and elsewhere, according to Reuters.

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