Scientific or pornographic?

Have you ever known the unspeakable horror of sending off an e-mail with an attachment and then realising, after it's far too late to do anything about it, that you sent entirely the wrong attachment? Clearly, lots of people know this fear, because the US has specific laws protecting the rights of employees who write nasty letters about their bosses, then send them to a friend and unwittingly Cc the boss in on the exchange. But that's off the point.

A Web-based photo library in Sydney that specialises in scientific images recently received a request from a foreign encyclopedia for one of its images. In order that there should be no ambiguity through either an incorrect catalogue number or the broken English of the sender, a jpeg was attached of the image the encyclopedia wanted to use.

You can probably guess that the attached image was of a rather unscientific nature. Without going into too much detail, it was of a rather passionate and affectionate couple, and fruit was involved (a copy was sent to us by a tipster, but decency forbids us printing it). The administrator of the photo library sent off a bemused reply, saying, "We don't actually handle these kinds of images here, but we'd be very interested to know what part of the encyclopedia this will be in."

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