Have you ever berated your boyfriend for looking “just a little too long” at that girl walking by? Well, now he can tell you it’s just science. A new study out of Indiana University found that a woman’s partner status—whether she has a significant other or not— influences her interest in the opposite sex. But the same is not true for dudes. Neuroscientist Heather Rupp asked 59 men and 56 women, ages 17-26, both single and taken, all heterosexual, to give their “gut” reaction when describing pictures of the opposite sex. Rupp found that while subjectivity in describing the photos as attractive, masculine, feminine, etc was not influenced by whether the man or woman had a partner, single ladies looked at the male photos for a longer period of time than those women with partners. The men, on the other hand, stared just as long at the female photos whether they were taken or single.
I’m not too surprised by these results, but speaking as a woman with a boyfriend, a strong “look, but don’t you touch” policy works for me. Is this study true for you? [Science Daily] Keep reading »
This Saturday, another woman played super hero, taking down a bank robber at a Southern California Albertson’s store. Cyndi Orel, a 128-pound retired police woman, grabbed the robber and put him in a sleeper hold. The hold blocked the blood flow to his brain, causing the 220-pound guy to pass out (twice) while they waited for the police to arrive. They arrested the man and have linked him to another eight to ten robberies. [AssociatedPress]
To learn how to give your own sleeper hold, watch professional wrestler Gene Lebell’s instructional video, after the jump. Not that I’m telling you to stop bank robberies, but it might be useful in the future for a party trick? Or not? Keep reading »
Of course, sexual health educators should still teach everyone to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS. But researchers have created an interactive online “HIV/AIDS Atlas,” which shows how only one-fifth of America’s counties make up 80 percent of the cases. It’s sometimes hard to make public health topics “interesting” and “cool,” but a map does a good job of it! Keep reading »
I understand that some people despise their ex after a breakup. But Evan Rachel Wood better watch her back. In the new issue of Spin, Marilyn Manson gives a vivid account of how he cut himself with razor blades after their breakup. And he has this to say about Evan: “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull with a sledgehammer.” Just a normal day in the Manson home…or the most despicable quote ever?
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There seems to be a prevailing notion that shorts–even dressy ones–can just be thrown on and everything will be alright. I mean, they’re shorts, they’re easy, right? Wrong, bitches. Dressy shorts, when handled incorrectly, will leave you looking effed up. Lest you, lovely readers, should leave the house in black silk shorts, a tee and Chucks, we’ll show you how to get it right. Keep reading »
Sen. Mark Sanford, the Republican governor of South Carolina, admitted at a press conference this afternoon that he has been having an extramarital affair with a “dear, dear friend” in Argentina for the past year. Incidentally, he and his wife were on a trial separation.
Cuckolded wives and politicians go together like gravy and mashed potatoes. Maybe the wives aren’t surprised—Sanford’s wife apparently knew about his Argentinian affair for months—by the cheating the same way as the public is. But what gets me every time is when Silda Spitzer stands up next Eliot while he grovels for the public’s forgiveness, or Elizabeth Edwards invites Oprah into her home to talk about John’s affair, or Larry Craig’s wife, Suzanne, walks hand-in-hand to his press conference where he denies being gay. I just roll my eyes. Keep reading »
First we heard that a Facebook status message was going to be turned into a movie. Now, a fictional documentary about Facebook itself is in the works. While it sounds like a snooze fest to us, apparently Columbia Pictures digs the idea and is working to bring the biopic about Mark Zuckerberg and his social networking site to the big screen. The script was written by “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin and is based on the soon-to-be-released book by Ben Mezrich, The Accidental Billionares. Most importantly, Columbia Pictures is in advanced talks with David Fincher, of “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” fame, to direct. And initial casting searches have Michael Cera and Shia LeBeouf neck-in-neck to play the Harvard dropout. Since anything David Fincher, Michel Cera, and Shia Lebeouf touches generally turns to gold, if Columbia Pictures can get these folks on-board, maybe this flick will turn out to be more than “Revenge of the Nerds: Part 56.” [CNet] Keep reading »
Add this to the list of things not to do while drunk: breastfeed. Stacey Anvarinia, 26, from North Dakota, didn’t catch that memo. Earlier this year, police officers responded to an unrelated call at her home when they noticed she was drinking while breastfeeding. The brilliant cops weren’t sure if that was okay, so they put in a call to the local hospital to confirm that was not so good for the 6-week-old baby. The baby was taken out of Anvarinia’s custody. Yesterday, she plead guilty to child neglect and now she’s facing up to five years in prison. Clearly, the baby was put in harm’s way, even if the cops didn’t know it at first. But do you think this should be considered child abuse? [Grand Fork Herald] Keep reading »
Two recent studies, a Canadian one and a Japanese one, have found that slightly overweight people live longer than healthy weight folks. The two separate groups of researchers said they expected both underweight and obese people to have many more health concerns than healthy weight people, but they were surprised that a few extra pounds could protect people from an early death. However, the researchers warn against healthy weight people bulking up. “Our study only looked at mortality, not at quality of life, and there are many negative health consequences associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes,” said Kaplan, a professor of Community Health at Portland State University that participated in the Canadian study.
Now I’m really confused. Society says thin is in. Health professionals say to stay within an ideal body mass index. Researchers say a little cushion keeps death from pushing — but don’t do anything with these findings. So I’m going to weigh the positives and negatives of each weight category to see which one is really ideal. Keep reading »