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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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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