In this ever-alarming world, President Bush raised a new specter in his State of the Union speech that many of us had never considered: the Manimal. “Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research … creating human-animal hybrids,” Bush urged Congress. To help the cause, a new Web site, humananimalhybrid.net, is raising funds through the sale of T-shirts, coffee mugs and other paraphernalia depicting the most dreaded forms of “Manimal,” including the Man-Pig (pig with a human head), the Bull-Sapien (bull with human legs and feet, complete with wing-tip shoes) and the ManRoosterBeast (rooster with human legs). The sum of all fears, no doubt, is the Beast Family—a mom, dad and two kids with normal bodies and animal heads and tails. If you want to include Manimal’s best friend in the campaign, you can even buy a cautionary sweater for your dog.
—Posted by Richard Williamson