Like many, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski was a little confused when she heard about a chemical attack on this year’s FurFest, a convention for “furries,” – people whose sexual fetishes involve taking on the persona of anthropomorphic animal characters.
While full-on sex does occur, “intercourse” between the costumed individuals often takes the form of “yiffing,” basically an act of dry-humping that has been known to shut down entire parties (though the word serves as an all-encompassing expression of animal on animal sexuality):
Brzezinski suffered a full-blown breakdown upon learning about furries — which is understandable, as five minutes of research into the topic can give a person PTSD. As she introduced the story, Brzezinski stumbled over words as she attempted to nail down just what, exactly, a furry is.
Upon receiving the information, the host did exactly what she felt like doing: She curled up into a ball and laughed uncomfortably. After receiving more information, Brzezinski…just ran away.
“Hey, where you going?” Joe Scarborough yelled after her. “Come back!”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llmgFZz3Iio?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=640&h=360]
Nineteen people at the convention were hospitalized after chlorine powder was left in a 9th floor stairwell. Police say that the placement of the powder “suggests an intentional act.”
Furries, often the subject of ridicule for one reason or another, have occasionally found themselves the victims of “fire alarm” pranks that force those who attend events to stand outside in their costumes — which some find amusing — according to one FurFest attendee.
“A lot of people thought this was just someone pulling the fire alarm,” Thomas Zell explained. “But it was serious this time.”