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Male Wasps Think Orchids Are Sexy

Orchids that look like female wasps make life confusing for male wasps. The men think the flowers are female wasps, therefore, they try to copulate with them, which doesn’t work very well. They just waste their precious sperm. “Unquestionably, producing sperm, ejaculate, or seminal fluids is costly for many animals,” reports the study, published in The American Naturalist. “The energetic demands of sperm production can result in reduced body mass, a shortened life span, or limited lifetime sperm production.” Nature must have done a really good job with these orchids, because the male pollinators sometimes prefer them to the females they mimic. The male wasps will even prematurely end a romp with a female wasp to visit an orchid. Poor gals. The orchids are super smart, too, because by tricking the men into getting busy with them instead of wasps, they’re limiting the future wasp female population while possibly increasing the male population (which would then pollinate the orchids), because female wasps can asexually reproduce male wasps, but not females. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Even “Real” Women Are Digitally Enhanced

Just like every other impressionable tween, I saw models in magazines and felt a little bad about myself because my body didn’t look like theirs. I’m a smart girl, but it didn’t really set in that these were not their bodies (or faces, even) until I worked at a magazine and saw how photos were tweaked — who wants to look at pages of ugly people? On Newsweek.com, a writer takes part in a photo shoot, then goes through the lengthy retouching process, demonstrating how much work it actually takes to make someone look “flawless”. Keep reading »

Marrying Young Isn’t Just For Rich Old Guys Like Donald Trump

The older a man is when he gets married, the more likely it is that his bride will be significantly younger — even if he’s poor — according to new Stanford University research. Men in their 40s tend to marry women who are an average of seven years younger; for men in their 50s, there’s usually an 11-year age difference; and if a guy’s in his 60s, his wife will be about 13 years younger. “In first marriages, men are typically a couple years older than women,” said Paula England, co-author of the study. But, “the older men are when they marry, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a first or a second marriage, the more years they marry down.” Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Lost Rings, Monkey Porn, And Breast Cancer

  • This is a really sad story. A woman who was in a car accident was airlifted to a hospital and eventually died, survived by her husband, a four-year-old and a one-year-old. At some point when she was in the hospital, her engagement and wedding rings, which she designed, went missing. Now there’s a $20,000 award for them, because her husband wants her sons to have something that belonged to her. [CNN]
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    2 Girls, 1 Baby Stewie

    I am extremely juvenile so I love being grossed out. So does darling little Stewie from Family Guy. Watch him as he watches “2 Girls 1 Cup” and try not to get the insane giggles. Keep reading »

    U.S. Representative Proposes Ban On Men’s Magazines At Military Bases

    U.S. Representative Paul Broun (R-Ga) has introduced a bill that would ban all sexually explicit material from military bases overseas, including Playboy, Penthouse, and Maxim magazines — currently there is a ban on “porn” enforced, but there is a loophole. Critics of the bill say it would be bad for morale.

    A Department of Defense committee that reviews materials sold on bases ruled last year that magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse are not pornographic. But Broun’s Military Honor and Decency Act includes language that could make those magazines eligible for the ban…. Broun, a Marine veteran, told Newsweek recently that the magazines sold in military exchanges are partly responsible for a rise in sexual assaults in the military and other problems.

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    Let’s Make A Muxtape, Shall We?

    This week, I decided to get a little CRAZY with our Muxtape and uploaded 12 songs that has S-E-X in the title. Scandalous, no? I cannot promise this will be a mixtape to accompany actual love-making, but I hope you enjoy it for the next five days, nonetheless. And please oh please, create your own! it’s so easy, a monkey can do it, and it’s fun to check out the music our Frisky readers are interested in. Post your Muxtape page link in the comments! [The Frisky Muxtape] Keep reading »

    Is It Still Gum If It’s Not Sticky?

    It’s the worst when you’re sitting at a restaurant, usually outside, and your hand grazes the bottom of the table. And it touches a hunk of old, hard gum. Gross. Pretty soon this could be an obsolete problem. A British company is developing a non-stick chewing gum that can be easily removed from surfaces. Clean Gum, as it’s called, has a special polymer in it that makes it less sticky. This is going to put some artists out of business. [Reuters] Keep reading »

    Female Seagulls Can Handle More

    Male seagulls seem to be more vulnerable to their environment during embryonic development than females. When researchers took a seagull’s last-laid eggs and either incubated it alone or in contact with other eggs, the males hatched faster than females if they had been incubated in isolation. When they were in contact with other eggs, the males didn’t hatch as fast and they fledged (new word alert! fledging means developing wing feathers that are large enough to fly) in significantly poorer condition than females. The researchers from the University of Glasgow think that the females adjust better to different environments. Female seagulls rule. Except when they bother you at the beach. [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »

    Today In Terribleness: Sexual Assault, Crying Rape, And That Austrian Psycho

  • A University of Connecticut student recounts being sexually assaulted on campus, fighting back against her attacker, and then being assaulted AGAIN by onlookers. [DailyCampus.com]
  • A woman who was having an affair, cried “rape” when she was caught by her husband because she says she feared for her life — her husband shot her lover and killed him. This past week, the wife was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, while her husband, who shot the guy in the first place, walks free. Was she convicted because of her lie (that she was raped) or because of her infidelity? [Broadsheet]
  • Remember that disgusting cretin from Austria who kept his daughter locked up for 24 years, raped her, and fathered six of her children? He says, “I could have killed all of them, and nothing would have come out of that. No-one would have ever known about it….I have not been treated fairly, it has all been one-sided.” [Daily Mail U.K.]
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