Posts Tagged: ‘sex’
A new-ish cereal on the market brings a whole new meaning to “breakfast of champions.” In 2012, Canadian entrepreneur Peter Ehrlich launched a crunchy concoction called Sexcereal, which requires little explanation as to what it is and what it’s supposed to do. But just in case the innuendo isn’t clear enough, granola-esque Sexcereal (all one word) is “the world’s first gender-based breakfast cereal, formulated by a team of nutritional and quality-control professionals” to enhance consumers’ sex drives. As a “gender-based” foodstuff, Sexcereal comes in two (cisnormative) varieties: For Him and For Her…
by Robert Lamb | November 30, 2012
You probably dismiss Jason Voorhees as just another rampaging psychopath, one with an intense desire to murder nymphomaniac teens. And indeed, the subject’s propensity for pro-abstinence bludgeoning knows no bounds — but did you know the evolutionary advantage to his Modus operandi?
Like other North American Slashers of his species, Jason preys on copulating teens because the act of mating provides an irresistible target. But it’s not because the teens in question are naked, intertwined and preoccupied. Nope, it all comes down to the sound of their enthusiastic love making.
This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of Warhammer 40k, which is sort of a big deal if you’re male between the ages of 13 and 60 who digs sci-fi violence and the sweet, seductive scent of acrylic paint. The franchise kicked off in 1987 as a sci-fi take on Games Workshop’s fantasy tabletop game “Warhammer.” From there, it steadily sucked in sci-fi influences to become its own distinct world: novels, movies, video games and of course vast armies of tiny soldiers.
I grew up painting figurines and playing war games with my dad, so I have a warm place in my heart for Games Workshop. But the don’t pay me to reminisce. They pay me to bring the science. So here, for your enjoyment, are five sciencey reasons to be thankful for the Warhammer 4oK universe:
While browsing through Brenda R. Weber’s study on the public discourse around Alfred Kinsey’s 1953 “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” this caught my eye: “…newspaper coverage on Kinsey’s volume on women not only displayed but fostered several important discursive phenomena…ranging from augmented sales of Kinsey whiskey (no direct relation) to increased audiences for evangelical denunciations of Kinsey’s ‘morally dangerous’ report.”
I think there’s probably nothing more disturbing than a giant spider, one where you can see all of its mouth parts and eyes and hairs. Extremely close up photography provides some of the unsettlement, but at least you can’t hear the terrible sounds they make. Their ability to terrify me (only in gigantism) notwithstanding, spiders are also extremely interesting creatures (arachnids, to be technical).
What would aliens make of the human orgasm? Far more than a mere reproductive incentive, this intense neurological event stimulates human culture itself — yet science still hasn’t figured out exactly what the female orgasm is all about. In this tasteful-but-fun episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I examine the two warring factions in the debate over female orgasm evolution. We cover a lot of ground, discussing all the various theories as well as a lot of wide-angle contemplation of la petite mort.
In the Stuff Mom Never Told You episode on douching, Caroline and I discussed the advertising history of feminine hygiene products that revolved around scare tactics. In those early days, Lysol and Zonite pushed their wares as feminine hygiene products by convincing female consumers that if they didn’t douche, their husbands would lose sexual interest.
Researching Tibet is like reading about some fantastic other world, where psychonaut monks chart the realms beyond death and body breakers offer up corpses as alms to the scavengers of the sky. So it should come as no surprise to learn that Tibetans also dig up a strange root that’s allegedly “half vegetable, half caterpillar” and sell it for bank as an energy booster and aphrodisiac.
Think about all of the preening and flirting we exert in order to obtain it, not to mention the relationship factors and potential baby-making that may go along with it when it finally happens. To evolutionary biologists, it’s an extremely inefficient design compared to asexual reproduction since we squander so many resources for sex, and they’re only now figuring out why sex exists.
Korean urologists recently found a correlation between penile and finger length. Specifically, the ratio between the length of a man’s index finger and ring finger may relate to the length of his penis. The shorter the index finger, compared to the ring finger, the longer the penis — possibly.
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