Oyster Sex Leads To Oyster Herpes

They're sex on the half-shell. The classic aphrodisiac. Just the thought of those glistening gobs of mollusk muscle sliding down your throat is enough to send a shudder through Pfizer. But can oysters be too sexy?

Well, sure. Just like with humans, an oyster's unhealthy fixation on its own naughty bits are sure to bring chafing, hairy palms and STDs. "Oh, that's just a cold sore!" Sure, you pretty little huitre plate, you keep telling yourself that.

and casual sex. Apparently, the cause is simple - when the weather is warm and there's plenty of food, oysters spend all their available energy pumping up their sexual organs at the expense of their immune systems. Hard to blame 'em.

Brilliant reporting Reuters, by the way. No mention at all whether infected oysters can transfer their seaborne herpes to people who down them with a nice Sancerre and capable mignonette. Nobody'd be interested in that, I imagine.

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