40 interesting things you never knew about sex

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So then we thought – if our users are interested in sex, what about sex would interest them?

Interesting stuff about sex of course.

So here it is. Interesting stuff about sex. Oh, and we’ve stuck some weird one’s in there as well to spice things up a bit. You’ll never watch a pair of breeding black widow spiders in the same light ever again…

1.) You burn about 200 calories during 30 minutes of active sex.

2.) Sex makes women’s hair shinier and their skin glow because of all the extra oestrogen it causes them to produce.

3.) According to the Durex Global Sex Survey, people normally lose their virginity at 17 years old. In the UK, the average age is 16 1/2.

4.) These days, the Greeks have more sex than any other nationality. They’re followed closely by the Croatians.

5.) American Jonah Falcon has the world’s largest penis at 9.5 inches when flaccid and 13.5 inches when erect.

6.) The average penis size is 3.5 to 3.7 inches when flaccid and between 5.0-5.7 inches when erect.

7.) Whales are the owners of the world’s largest penises. The biggest recorded whale penis was the 8-footer of a killer whale.

8.) The world’s oldest father (Nanu Ram Jogi) recently fathered his 21st child, at the age of 90. He also admits that he is not certain how many children his series of four wives have borne him – but counts at least 12 sons, 9 daughters and 20 grandchildren.

9.) Homosexuality is a common thing everywhere in nature. A pair of male penguins, Roy and Silo from Central Park Zoo, were a ‘couple’ for years, even raising a baby penguin together in 2003.

10.) Women are more likely to orgasm just before or during their period.

11.) Experiencing ‘butterflies of love’ might sound romantic, but in France the phrase ‘papillon d’amour’ means having pubic lice.

12.) In Britain we have on average, 10 sexual partners in our lifetime. The Chinese have the most with 19 and the Vietnamese only get round to having sex with 2 1/2 people.

13.) There are roughly 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.

14.) Most turkeys and giraffes are bisexual.

15.) The Ancient Egyptians used dried crocodile dung as a contraceptive as it has spermicidal properties. How did they discover this?

16.) Both men and women can have multiple orgasms. But for men to achieve one, their first orgasm must occur without ejaculation and without losing their erection.

17.) In 2005, a couple broke the world record for the longest unbroken kiss. They did it for an exhausting 31 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds.

18.) 25% of couples over 75 still sexually active.

19.) Women who have been to university are more likely to engage in anal sex.

20.) The amount of wet dreams a man is likely to have increases in line with the number of years spent in formal education (which very much includes university I’m sure you’ll be glad to know).

21.) 80% of men living in the USA have been circumcised. Less than 20% in the UK have been.

22.) Besides humans, bonobo chimps and dolphins are the only animals that have sex for pleasure.

23.) Telling a convincing lie to someone is much more difficult when you find them sexually attractive.

24.) What do humans, fish and porpoises have in common? They all have oral sex.

25.) 70% of men refuse sex during their girlfriend’s period.

26.) Apparently on average foreplay lasts 11 to 13 minutes.

27.) Orgasms are a great way to relieve period pains.

28.) 70% of men in relationships always have an orgasm with their partner whilst only 29% of women do.

29.) In Imperial China, eunuchs held many of the top positions. These men kept their genitals in a jar on a high shelf to symbolise their rise to the upper ranks.

30.) A woman has twice as many nerve endings on her clitoris than men have on their whole penis.

31.) Believe it or not, people are on average hornier during periods of their life where they are having more sex.

32.) 94% of men say they masturbate, while 80% of women say they do.

33.) A quarter of penises are slightly bent when erect.

34.) Valentina Vassilyeva holds the record for most children birthed by a single woman. During her life she gave birth to total of 69 children. She had 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births. Miraculously 67 of the 69 children born survived infancy.

35.) Under half of men think their penis is too small whereas 85% of women are very satisfied with their partner’s penis size.

36.) Weight loss increases the size of a man’s penis. For every 35 pounds of fat lost the fat at the base decreases enough to give them an extra inch.

37.) 92% of women think that skint and sexy is preferable to loaded and ugly.

38.) Given the choice 75% of women would rather sleep with one man in a lifetime as opposed to 25% who would rather sleep with 100 men.

39.) The average amount of time spent kissing for a person in a lifetime is 20,160 minutes.

40.) The black widow spider eats her mate during or after sex. Worse still, the horny eight-legger can consumer as many 20 lovers in a single day.

Seems like a disturbingly logical place to end things…

Halloween History: 13 Strange Facts On Why We Celebrate Halloween

 

It’s that time of year again — Halloween! But before you tear the wrappers off 87 “fun size” Milky Way bars, here are 13 things you didn’t know about the spooky season.

 

1. Halloween celebrates the Christian holiday of All Hallows Eve (followed by All Saints Day on November 1). But the Christian holiday is likely rooted in the Celtic holiday, Samhein, or a number of other pre-Christian harvest festivals.

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2. In Great Britain, Jack-O-Lanterns are traditionally made from turnips. The Halloween custom came to American through Irish immigrants, and since turnips weren’t cheap state-side, Americans used pumpkins. Today, pumpkins are used worldwide, to the disappointment of turnip farmers everywhere.

 150 year old carved turnip

3. The Jack-O-Lantern tradition comes from another Celtic tale. Jack tricked the Devil into paying for his drink, so the Devil gave Jack a hellish ember. But crafty Jack placed the ember safely into a turnip, which he carved and carried with him so as to scare away any future hellish encounters.

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4. Pumpkin carving in bulk is a popular Guinness World Record. The proud Halloween enthusiasts of Highwood, Illinois took the record in 2011 with 30,919 simultaneously lit Jack-O-Lanterns.

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5. Trick or Treating has a short history. In 19th century Scotland and Ireland, there is some record of children travelling door-to-door praying for souls or performing for money or cakes on All Hallows Eve. However, the tradition is a short step from the medieval practice of souling, in which beggars went door to door on October 31 to pray for souls in return for food.

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6. Sugar rationing in Europe and America from WWI and WWII kept kids off candy until the late 1940s. Radio programs at the time joked that children would have to explain to adults what trick or treating was, and many adult groups opposed the practice as it encouraged extortion and begging.

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7. A 1951 Peanuts comic strip can be credited with the popular spread of trick or treating as we know it nationwide. So dress up as Snoopy if you want to be historically accurate.

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8. Oh, and candy-makers are pretty happy about that. Halloween is a $6 billion industry.

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9. But with or without candy, everyone loves a Halloween party. Traditionally, a Halloween Cakewas baked with a thimble inside. Whoever got the thimble in their slice was to be unfortunate in love for the next year.

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10. These days, most major cities see the tourism benefits of major Halloween events. Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans are the traditional hotspots for celebrating in the U.S. New Orleans holds the current world record for largest Halloween Party with 17,777 costumed revelers at once.

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11. But what if you aren’t in America? Of course you can find parties all over the U.K., and the French have joined. The French village of Limoges attracted nearly 50,000 partiers last year. Several European countries celebrate a version of trick-or-treating on St. Martin’s Day on November 11.

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12. If you are lucky enough to be in Mexico on October 31 (or the early morning of November 1), enjoy Day of the Dead festivities. Kids still trick-or-treat, but are rewarded with candy skulls.

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13. Lastly, be safe out there. Statistically, the biggest danger on Halloween is alcohol poisoning. There are no reported incidents of razors in candy or poisoning (except by parents).

Jack the Ripper mystery solved by top detective after 125 years

 

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The Ripper’s killing spree has puzzled investigators for more than a century 

And the bad news for the countless millions of amateur sleuths who have spent years trying to identify the nation’s most notorious serial killer is that he never existed.

He was just dreamed up by a drunken journalist called Thomas Bulling who wrote a forged letter to Scotland Yard in 1888 pretending to be “Jack” so he could obtain a scoop.

More than 300 books and dozens of films and TV programmes have named in excess of 100 different men, often on the flimsiest of evidence, as the serial murderer who slashed the throats of five women who he then disembowelled, bringing terror to the gas lit streets of Whitechapel. 

The suspects have included everyone from Queen Victoria’s grandson the Duke of Clarence to Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. 

Some even said a Sioux Indian warrior called Black Elk, who toured Britain with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in the 1880s, was the guilty man. Others believed child charity campaigner Dr Barnardo was “Jack”.

But Trevor Marriott, a former murder squad detective with Bedfordshire police, has spent 11 years carrying out a detailed cold-case review of the killings, he has trawled Scotland Yard’s files and used modern-day police techniques backed up with state of the art forensic analysis.

“The facts of this case have been totally distorted over the years,” said Mr Marriott.

“The general public have been completely misled by any number of authors and publishers.

“Jack is supposed to be responsible for five victims, but there were other similar murders before and after the ones attributed to him, both in this country and abroad in America and Germany.”

 

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In total Mr Marriott has discovered 17 unsolved Ripper-like murders committed between 1863 and 1894. He believes a German merchant seaman called Carl Feigenbaum was responsible for some, but not all of those killings. 

Feigenbaum was a crew member on ships that regularly docked near Whitechapel. He was executed in New York in 1896 after being caught by US police fleeing the scene of a Ripper-style murder there.

“The reality is there was just a series of unsolved murders and they would have sunk into oblivion many years ago, but for a reporter called Thomas Bulling,” said Mr Marriott.

Bulling was a drunken journalist with many police contacts at Scotland Yard, who in 1888 was working for the London-based Central News Agency. He was paid to supply crime stories for newspapers.

“Police got a letter that Bulling had written about the murders which he signed ‘Jack the Ripper’,” said Mr Marriott.

“It was the most ingenious piece of journalism that has kept this mystery alive for 125 years. Even now any modern-day serial killer is called a ‘Ripper’.

“You have to ask yourself if ‘Jack’ is an urban myth. Around 80 per cent of the books about him have a picture of a chap on the front stalking the streets of London in a long black cape and a top hat.

“They were the clothes of an upper class, wealthy man. But back in 1888  if someone dressed like that had actually walked around Whitechapel in the dead of night they wouldn’t have lasted five minutes.

“It wasn’t just one of the most crime-riddled areas of London, it was one of the worst areas in the country. It’s a false image that has been created by the likes of Hollywood film makers.

“New facts have come to light, we’ve now disproved the claim that the killer removed organs from the victims at the scenes of the murders, the organs were removed later once they were in a mortuary.

“There just isn’t a Jack The Ripper as such.” 

But the interest in the Ripper murders is still so strong that just this month the East London Advertiser, the newspaper that covers the Whitechapel area published a 12-page souvenir pull out to mark the 125th anniversary of the crimes.

Meanwhile Trevor Marriott is mid-way through a 36-date theatre tour of the UK with his one man show called “Jack The Ripper A 21st Century Investigation” in which he reveals the research he has done and the forensic evidence that he says finally reveals the real story about the killings.

Craigslist. Why do I even look at it. Humanity reaches a new low.

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I have no Idea what your local section of craigslist / rants and raves looks like but this is what Vancouver , Canada’s looks like.

I was making a little tour of it last eve and this clearly must be where the shallow end of the gene pool gathers to “discuss” the local topic of the day. Why this forum is not moderated one is only left to wonder. Does this type of public display of hate and racism  even need a venue today?

I will leave that up to others to decide that I guess.

Without regret I shall never return to this thread.

Andy

Here are 17 sex facts you’ll wish you never heard…

From, http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

1. One in ten European babies is conceived in an IKEA bed.

2. Alfred Kinsey, author of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948), had a collection of 5 million wasps and could insert a toothbrush into his penis, bristle-end first.

3. British spies stopped using semen as invisible ink because it began to smell if it wasn’t fresh.

4. A single sperm contains 37.5 MB of DNA information. One ejaculation represents a data transfer of 15,875 GB, equivalent to the combined capacity of 62 MacBook Pro laptops.

5. Male fruitflies rejected by females drink significantly more alcohol than those that have had a successful encounter.

6. A female ferret will die if she doesn’t have sex for a year.

7. Seven Viagra tablets are sold every second.

8. The German for “contraceptive” is Schwangerschaftsverhütungsmittel. By the time you’ve finished saying it, it’s too late.

9. The American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental illness until 1973.

10. The best-selling work of fiction of the 15th century was “The Tale of the Two Lovers,” an erotic novel by the man who later became Pope Pius II.

11. A single human male produces enough sperm in two weeks to impregnate every fertile woman on the planet.

12. In 2008, archaeologists in Cyprus found a 7th-century curse inscribed on a lead tablet that said, “May your penis hurt when you make love.” Nobody knows who made the curse, or why.

13. The founder of match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on match.com.

14. Gymnophoria is the sense that someone is mentally undressing you.

15. A female chimpanzee in a fit of passion has the strength of six men.

16. At the 2012 London Olympics, which lasted for 17 days, the athletes were provided with 150,000 free condoms- approximately 15 each.

17. The “G-spot” was nearly called the Whipple Tickle- after Professor Beverley Whipple, who coined the expression that we know today.

Giant Asian Hornets Are Killing People In China, Breeding In Larger Numbers

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What’s the buzz about giant Asian hornets? They’ll kill you painfully and thoroughly — and they’ve been reported in the U.S.

Climate change might be contributing to a global rise in insect numbers. As if that weren’t bad enough, some of the bugs that appear to be benefitting from that population surge are giant Asian hornets that are killing people unfortunate enough to disturb them.

UPDATE: Oct. 4, 7:45 p.m. — Citing Chinese government sources, CNN reports that at least 42 people have died and 1,675 have been injured as a result of giant Asian hornets in Shaanxi province since July.

Justin O. Schmidt, an entomologist at the Southwest Biological Institute in Tucson, Ariz., told CNN that Vespa mandarinia carries a venom that destroys red blood cells, which can result in kidney failure and death, and noted that allergies to the venom can trigger cardiac arrest or cause airways to close.

 

Previously:
According to The Guardian, at least “28 people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China.” The hornets, also known as Vespa mandarinia, have reportedly “chased [victims] for hundreds of meters… and stung [them] as many as 200 times.”

The venom from the stings can cause anaphylactic shock and kidney failure, the Guardian reported (as if you wouldn’t die from sheer terror). Imagine getting stung 200 times by one of these:

Chances are, you won’t be, since these are queens, but the run-of-the mill variety ofVespa mandarinia are also pretty terrifying. The average stinger on a giant Asian hornet measures about a quarter-inch.

But before we “turn Earth over to the wasps,” as Gawker suggested, let’s stop and consider that normal-sized stinging insects already do plenty of damage.

For starters, there’s the killer bee swarm deaths that are periodically reported in the United States.

Swarming bees have also killed pets and animals as large as horses.

And lets not forget insect pests of the non-bee variety. Crazy ants, an invasive species that’s making inroads in the southern U.S., not only bite — they also destroy electrical wiring.

If humans can live with these pests, then giant Asian hornets shouldn’t present too much of a challenge, right? We might soon find out: The hornets were reported in Illinois last year.

In 2013, cicada killer wasps were also spotted in the region.

Vespa mandarinia japonica, a subspecies of the giant Asian hornet

40(ish), and today is my road test, again. Part 1 of 2

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 I do not often actually write my own posts as I pretty much spend my life working. Today I am off work to take a road test to get my drivers licence… again. For the record it is in your best interest to never just let it expire and not bother to renew it for whatever reason like I did.

 The rules of the road have changed so much since I was some over confident tween. When you get in your car and start the engine do you actually swivel your head around the car 360 degrees? like your neck even turns that far. Today I need to pretend I can.

Today I also reminded myself that drinking a lot of coffee does not aid me with my stress. I have since switched to V-8.

Stay tuned I  will post on this epic personal saga once I find out how it plays out for me.

The suspense is killing me,

Andy