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Five-Second Rule Pretty Much Bogus

If you were laboring under the delusion that the “five-second rule” had any basis in scientific fact, well, keep dreaming. Germs latch onto food a lot faster than that, according to a new San Diego State University study co-funded by the cleanly folks at Clorox. Researchers dropped baby carrots on floors, countertops, sinks and more, and found that germs routinely beat the five-second clock, CBS Atlanta reports. Read more…

10 Surprising Health Benefits Of … Semen?

A study recently published by Dutch psychologists showed that when women are sexually aroused, their disgust tolerance increases — not just regarding sex, but across the board.

In the study, the aroused group of women were less disgusted when asked to touch a “bloody” bone (actually it was red ink) or put their hands in a bowl of allegedly used condoms (which were actually not used, but covered in lubricant). The study also contained two other groups of women who were not aroused.

This study makes lots of sense to me. In my clinical practice, I am always looking for ways to help women reduce their aversions to certain sexual acts or bodily fluids. As shown in the study, if they are able to become aroused, they need less assistance. Unfortunately, for the the women I treat, the flames of passion are all too often extinguished. Read more…

Philadelphians Wear More Sweats Than Any Other City

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In between staging riots on behalf of the Eagles and perfecting lager and cheesesteaks, the city of Philadelphia found the time to accomplish something truly exceptional. According to a new study, Philadelphia wears more sweatsuits than any other city in the country. That’s more sweatsuits than Lafayette, Louisiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; and Laredo, Texas — the four cities that came in behind Philly. Keep reading »

Candy Physics Is My New Favorite Branch Of Science

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Finally a team of physicists has devoted the proper time and effort to answering the age old question, “Is it better to bite into a round piece of candy, or continually suck on it?” In a paper poetically titled, “Sticky physics of joy: On the dissolution of spherical candies,” researchers from the University of Graz in Austria described the results of an experiment in which they placed spherical candies in a water bath made to replicate the pH levels and movement of a human mouth and observed the way they dissolved over time. The researchers expected the candy to vanish exponentially, but their findings indicated that the candies dissolved at a constant linear rate instead. What does this mean for candy enthusiasts? Keep reading »

Purple Walls And Satin Sheets: A Cautionary Tale

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According to a study done by a retailer in the UK, couples who paint their walls purple and/ or sleep on silk sheets having more sex than everyone else. You can trust the findings of this study if you’d like. You can paint the walls your favorite shade of lilac and buy expensive silk sheets, or you can just take my word for it when I tell you that I found the opposite to be true.

When I moved to LA in the early 2000s, I decided that my very first post-college bedroom should be “sexy.” Although I had little idea what this meant, I went to the Home Depot to buy paint. While trying to pick a “sexy” color, a Scientologist from the nearby church tried to recruit me. I felt uncomfortable, panicked and bought the first bucket of paint I could get my hands on. It was called Orchid Kiss. The name sounds wonderful, but trust me, it was an abomination of a color. Fine for clothing, not-so-fine for walls.  Keep reading »

9 Most Useless Research Studies

I’m sure these researchers had their reasons for conducting these very real studies. We just don’t know what those reasons were.

How Long Can A Shrimp Run On A Treadmill? Noteworthy find from the study: “NSF spokeswoman Maria Zacharias said the shrimp study tested the effects of bacteria on mobility and that shrimps were a good way of figuring that out. “It’s not as if the study was done as entertainment to see shrimps running around on a treadmill,” she said.” Suuure. Right. Read more…

Married Women Drink More Than Married Men, Study Finds

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New research has found that married women are drinking more than married men after tying the knot. Presented at the American Sociological Association meeting in Denver, the findings were derived from one long-term survey that provided information on more than 5,000 Wisconsin residents’ alcohol habits, gathered four times during a 47-year period. The research suggested that while men drink more than women overall, women’s “increased drinking after marriage might be an attempt to match their husband’s habits.” Interestingly, the study found all that changes if you get divorced: suddenly-single men drink far more alcohol than married men, while divorced women drank less than married women. They’re relieved, I guess!

No need to turn your attention to single 20-something ladies, researchers. Nothing to see here! [NY Daily News]

Stomach Sleepers Have Sexier Dreams

Snoozing on your stomach may increase dreams about sex, says a new study. Hong Kong researchers surveyed 670 students, collecting data about sleep postures and dream content and found that stomach sleepers reported more erotic dreams than anyone else. They also described more feelings of “persecution,” “being tied up,” and “being locked up,” reports the Daily Mail. The reason for such reveries? Researchers think it might have something to do with the brain getting less oxygen, which results in the sensation of feeling constricted. Read more…

Gay? Check The Pupils

Scientists have a new way of investigating a subject’s sexuality: It’s all in the eyes, they say. Instead of using invasive methods—such as a band around the penis—to determine sexual response, researchers at Cornell simply measured the dilation of subjects’ pupils in response to erotic videos, using an infrared lens. The scientists say it could be the most accurate way of determining a person’s sexuality, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Read more…

Good News, Guys: That Hipster Mustache Might Save Your Life

So, apparently those handlebar mustaches and ironic neckbeards aren’t just babe magnets, they’re also a boon for your health! A group of Australian researchers found that facial hair provide an effective barrier against the sun’s UV rays. “Facial hair reduced the exposure ratios to approximately one-third of those to the sites with no hair,” the team reported in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal (sounds like a great beach read, no?). “The variation in the exposure rates over the different sites was reduced compared with the cases with no beard.” Another finding? The more facial hair you have, the more protected you are, so put down those razors, fellas, and repeat after me: “More mustaches, less melanoma!” [Washington Post]

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