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We will do our utmost to report this story without cheesy double entendres. Here goes: Southern California is associated with various people, places and phenomena -- Hollywood, spray tans and bottle blondes, beachside homelessness, that stretch of the 101 highway that's always featured in car commercial, and porn, to name a few.

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Now, can millions of Catholics around the world be free to use condoms and worship God? Can thousands of priests and others free their tongues and hands to help fight the scourge of AIDS and not worry about the “evil” of condom use?Finally, Pope Benedict XVI has opened the theological door to affirming condom use to help stem the spread of HIV in the world.

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Now there's a headline we didn't count on writing anytime soon, at least not with this news under it: Pope Benedict XVI followed his surprising words about male prostitutes and condoms with a clarification, according to one Father Federico Lombardi (continued).

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Sigmund Freud famously wrote about the fabled "vagina dentata," or toothed vagina -- a symbol of terror and fascination embedded in the folklore of many a culture Now, a South African doctor has taken that idea (continued).

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It may just be an extraordinary guerrilla marketing tactic, but after complaints that the condoms given out by D.C. schools are too small and flimsy and awkward to receive, officials have announced they are stocking up on Trojan brand condoms -- including the super-size Magnum variety in a shiny gold wrapper.

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"What better way to honor our first black president than by eating your sloppy joes off his face?" We're hard-pressed to answer this thought-provoking question posed by "The Daily Show's" Lewis Black.

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These ludicrous billboards are all over Tulsa, apparently. The contemptible zealots behind them even rail against condoms as a safeguard against STDs. Check out the ad campaign.

  • (Editor's note: We had erroneously blogged that another group was responsible for the ads. That group, which is planning a similar ad campaign, is also contemptible, but we nevertheless apologize for the mix-up.)
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