German Soldiers Growing Breasts—on One Side
Condition sparked by too much chest-thumping
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2013 8:06 AM CST
Some male German soldiers reportedly have been developing breasts.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – As part of their training, elite German troops of the Wachbataillon do a lot of chest-beating, repeatedly whacking their rifles on the left side of their chests. That's stimulating unusual hormone production, according to experts. The result: The guys are growing breasts—just on the left side, the German Herald reports. Some 74% of battalion members who approached army doctors about the condition were diagnosed with one-sided gynecomastia. "They need to change the way they drill. The constant slamming of the rifles against the left-hand side of the chest is clearly a significant factor," says a military plastic surgeon. Military leaders say they'll look into it and make any needed changes.

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Jan 27, 2013 3:11 AM CST
They might move to San Francisco where they could become still one more sexual minority qualifying for special status.
Jan 26, 2013 7:41 AM CST
I've got to ask myself what is more likely - chest slapping causing 74% of men to grow breasts - or the Germans are giving their soldiers some weird hormone/drug with breast growth as a side effect.
Jan 25, 2013 9:36 PM CST
This is some low-hanging fruit for commentary..., ...but just on the left-side of the tree.