Sex Gum Has Been on the Market for Years

Libido-boosting chewing gum is so 1997.

It turns out that 12 years ago, Palestinian Supply Minister Abdel Aziz Shaheen accused Israel of selling strawberry-flavored gum laced with hormones that drove women "wild with desire" while simultaneously serving as a contraceptive -- so a lot of premarital sex that didn't even help procreation. Very genocidal. At the time, officials said that the packs of gum, decorated with stickers of Disney's Pocahontas exhibiting "sultry" expressions (because clearly cartoons for five-year-olds tempt young adults), were sold at "suspiciously low prices near schoolhouses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip."

Can't the Israeli army think of something new? If any Goldblog readers have tasted said gum, please write in with your experiences. Or let me know if there's a sugar-free bubblemint variety.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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