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Why You Should Never Go Long-Distance Ice Skating Alone

Sometimes you’re like, wow, when my boyfriend and I are together it feels like we’re the only two people in the world. Yeah, that’s a great idea, but the reality? Kind of frightening. A Swedish couple was long-distance ice skating–which is apparently a thing that you do in Sweden–when a boat broke up the ice floe they were skating on. The boat wake cracked the ice into small patches and stranded the pair. Thankfully, the couple was able to use a cell phone to summon help. They were rescued after just 12 minutes–and the rescue crew took this unbelievable pic of the event. [Gawker] Keep reading »

Swedish Feminists Burn $13,000 To Protest Unequal Pay

Usually “burning money” is a figure of speech. But Sweden‘s feminist party literally set fire to $13,000 (or 10,000 Swedish kronar) to symbolize the amount of money women aren’t getting every minute compared to men. An advertising agency donated the $13K, which members of the Feminist Initiative heaped on a BBQ. According to Sweden’s statistics agency, in 2008 the average salary for women was about 19 percent less than for men. Keep reading »

You’ve Got An STD, Bro? That’s So Cool!

Possibly ruining my appreciation for the noble Swedes and their fine IKEA meatballs, a recent study has found that Swedish men with STDs think their infection is an affirmation of their manliness.

University of Skovde researcher Kina Hammarlund interviewed an unknown group of 16- to 30-year-old men and women for her dissertation and discovered it was only male participants who put on rose-colored glasses, seeing STDs like genital warts or gonorrhea as a rite of passage to manhood. It’s a telling statement about sexuality that men viewed STDs as something positive about their manhood, while women didn’t think it said anything about their womanhood. STDs could imply, even erroneously, that a guy is kind of a stud. But it’s hard to believe anyone would be proud of an STD. Could this study be bulls**t? [The Local via Feministing] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Porn On TV, Pregnancy, And Dr. Drew

  • One of Sweden’s state-run TV channels will be airing a trio of porn-tastic documentaries next week: “Inside Deep Throat,” “Ron Jeremy, Porn Star,” and “PopWhore.” A very educational evening, indeed. [Variety]
  • Women who are obese tend to miscarry more than normal weight women. [Medical News Today]
  • Speaking of pregnancy, 20 percent of first time mothers took six months after giving birth to feel physically comfortable having sex. [Times of India]
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    Sexy Times For Senior Citizens

    They don’t call it the golden years for nothing! Senior citizens are overwhelmingly sexually satisfied — to anyone who has seen Blanche Devereaux slut her way through an episode of the Golden Girls, this will come as no surprise. But the men are getting their fair share too — 54% of single men are sexually active, while 68% of married guys are hittin’ it on the regs. Strangely, married women are only at 56%…. Anyway, who’s been brave enough to ask all these old pervs about their sex lives? The University of Gothenburg in Sweden — they’ve surveyed 70-somethings since the ’70s. Thanks to them we’ll never look at Grandma and Grandpa holding hands the same way ever again, especially after yesterday revelation that STDs are up amongst this crowd as well. [Health News]

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    Sweden’s Got The World’s Most Beautiful Women

    Thinking about going on a sexpedition? Well, Stockholm, Sweden, was just voted the city in the world with the most beautiful women by Traveler’s Digest. So consider yourself warned of the competition! The cuties in Copenhagen, Denmark came in a close second, and Buenos Aires, Argentina in third. Although, the entire survey seems skewed since Los Angeles came in fifth. How can four cities beat a town filled with the likes of Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie?! Oh well, who cares. Let’s focus on what’s really important: where o’ where are the finest looking gentlemen? Inquiring minds want to know! [The Local] Keep reading »

    Handcuffs In The Bedroom: A Lesson

    The Swedish police received a call yesterday from a couple who had chosen to handcuff themselves but couldn’t remove them after they had had their fun. When the police arrived, a third person was in the bedroom with the couple, trying to free them to no avail. An officer then wielded a bolt-cutter and was able to remove the cuffs. May we suggest using a pair of kids handcuffs if you can’t handle the real thing? [UPI] Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: Taser Parties, Motherhood In Sweden, And Sex On Drugs

  • Apparently Taser parties are the new Tupperware parties. [BBC]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Happiness, Chores, and Swedish Drugstores

  • Half of being happy comes down to genes, according to a study of nearly 1,000 pairs of identical twins. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland found that genetics controlled 50 percent of the personality traits that make people happy, while other factors, like relationships, health, and careers, determine the rest. [Reuters]
  • American men have increased how much housework they do, doubling their contribution in the last 40 years. Instead of washing dishes and folding laundry 15 percent of the time, which is how it was back in the 1960s, men now do more than 30 percent of the total housework, a report released by the Council on Contemporary Families says. We’d like to see that number come up to 50 percent in the next few years, and we’re pretty sure that 51 percent of the population would agree. [USA Today]
  • The state-run pharmacy chain in Sweden will begin selling sex toys to satisfy customer demand. After a survey revealed that customers wanted to see dildos and massage oils at stores, Apoteket decided to offer them for a one-year trial period starting in May. Will they be on Aisle 3, with the plastic forks and spoons? [The Local]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Drunk Driving, Unisex Undies, and Remembering

  • Sweden plans to introduce a new style of unisex underwear for hospital patients in an effort to save time and money. Currently, there are two styles of underwear for men and two for women. These boxer-style underwear, which are sure to flatter every bum, will most likely be introduced before summer. [Star Tribune]
  • People haven’t been getting the message that driving drunk kills, so a British health care trust sponsored the making of a sexy ad. Hopefully cleavage and moaning will get the message across. [Times Online]
  • Psychologists in Sweden are finding that men and women are better at remembering different things. Women seem to be better at remembering words, objects, pictures, and everyday events, while men excel at symbolic, non-linguistic information. Also, women seem to be better at remember faces. [ScienceDaily]
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