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Men And Women Run For Different Reasons

Before I started training for the New York City marathon a couple years ago, I didn’t like running. I hated it. In fact, I didn’t even sign myself up to run the marathon — my mom, who counts exercising as a favorite hobby, thought it would be fun to do the race together, so she sent in the paperwork for me. But after dutifully following along with a training schedule, I came to enjoy my thrice-weekly runs. It took me a while, but eventually, running made me feel good. I ran the race for me, and just tried to finish, rather than worrying about getting a specific time. This puts me in the same boat as many women who participated in a newly published study. According to research presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference Friday, women were more likely to choose to run a marathon for the first time because of reasons like wanting to improving their mood or feel at peace with the world, while men ran for the chance to compete and improve upon personal bests. Keep reading »

“Sexy Librarian” Not At All An Oxymoron

Librarians do a lot more than shush patrons and put books in Dewey Decimal order. A survey of librarians—taken in 1992, but censored by a professional journal until now—shows that naughty librarians are actually par for the course. According to the survey of 5,000 librarians, 20 percent of them had gotten busy in their library’s stacks. Fifty percent said they would be open to posing nude for pay. More than 60 percent said that they had recently watched an X-rated film. And 22 percent thought putting condom dispensers in the library bathroom would be a good idea. Makes the stereotype look a little outdated, no? [UPI] Keep reading »

Little Person Theme Park Raises Some Big Questions

Most theme parks involve humans wandering around in cartoon character suits, vomit-inducing roller coasters, and scads of cotton candy, but Little People’s Kingdom of Dwarves in China offers little people as its main attraction. For the paying crowds that number in the hundreds, costumed little people sing and dance, make and sell trinkets, and pretend to live in miniature huts. If you want to work there, you have to be disease-free, under 50, and no taller than four-foot-three. “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be horrified or amazed — or both,” declares “Nightline” reporter Clarissa Ward. If, as this western report declares, the Chinese are cashing in on “people’s morbid curiosity,” well, why is the American camera crew there? For the same reason, no doubt. One (wo)man’s politically incorrect is another little person’s paycheck. “I used to stay at home all day,” says one little person, “but I’m happy here.” [Blisstree] Keep reading »

Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of April 26th 2010

We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say? You crack us up! Each week we’re going to shout out to our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the internet. And you can get in on the action too. Tell us your favorite comments of the week below. Keep reading »

New Way To Solve Conflict: Threaten Someone With A Python

A 29-year-old man named Tony Smith is facing assault and battery charges after he responded to requests to turn his music down by shoving his python in another man’s face. “He had the snake’s head squeezed so its mouth was open. He ran it across my face and it tried to crawl in my mouth,” the horrified victim said. The 4-foot python bit the victim’s lip while he was standing outside the hotel with his family. Earlier, he had asked Smith to turn his music down so he could go to sleep. Smith knew he was afraid of snakes and obviously feels pretty strongly about blasting his tunes. I guess that’s one way to go about solving conflicts. [BBC] Keep reading »

Statue Tries To Commit Suicide … Sort Of

In a not-so-brilliant move, the organizers of an art installation called “Even Horizon” bolted life-sized, bronze statues to a variety of New York buildings, including a ledge of the Empire State building. Since this landmark is pretty notorious for suicides, it’s no surprise that the statue prompted tons of 911 calls. Cops rushed to the scene before realizing that the potential jumper wasn’t even alive to begin with. The police department is getting pretty used to calls as passers-by freak out, thinking the statue is real and about to jump. If this is the reaction the artist was hoping for, he’s certainly been successful. But I don’t think irritating cops and scaring New Yorkers is the best way to gain popularity. [NY Post] Keep reading »

Follow “Romeo and Juliet” On Twitter?

“Romeo and Juliet” is finally coming into the internet age. “Such Tweet Sorrow” is an experimental production that follows a contemporary story arc loosely based on the original tragedy, but unfolds via Twitter messages and videos posted to YouTube. The collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Mudlark, which produces mobile phone entertainment, allows the characters to tweet their improvised lines and interact with the audience over a five-week period. The cast is helped along by a prewritten storyline and diary that outlines their character’s state at any time in the story. Like the original, “Such Tweet Sorrow” opens up with the Capulets and Montagues engaged in a bitter rivalry, but organizers have no idea where or how the updated version will end. This new adventure has already begun, but you can catch up via the live timeline SuchTweetSorrow.com. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Rub Strangers With Sunscreen And Other Awesome Summer Jobs

A French resort is currently hiring sunscreen butlers. You heard me right—they are on the hunt for young, attractive French-speaking applicants to rub suntan lotion on sexy sunbathers for $1,160 a week. They call folks who do this job “creamers” and have deemed this position as the “job of the summer.”

While we are well aware that unattractive people lie in the sun, too, pulling in close to $14K for three months work while perfecting your own tan sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Here are a few other summer dream jobs to track down. Keep reading »

Spencer Pratt, This Is Your Future: Woman Knocks Man Out … With Her Chest

I can only imagine the back pain that would be caused by having 40 LL boobs. But, oh, there are other hazards, too. The woman in this video tells a story about almost suffocating her boyfriend with her chest while she was on top. Seriously, the dude passed out. Are you sure you want them to be that big, Heidi Montag? [ABC News] Keep reading »

Old And Fat Are In During Recessions

Get ready to eat, drink, and age naturally because two new studies show that old and fat are in vogue during times of economic hardship. Well, not exactly “old” but “mature” and not exactly fat but “taller and heavier.” The two studies, one using American movie actresses from 1932 to 1995, the other surveying Playboy Playmates from 1960 to 2000, found that beauty icons tend to be slightly taller, heavier, and more mature-looking with larger waists and less babyish facial features when money is tight. Why? Biologically baby-faced features are associated with neediness and small waists and big hips with fertility, while women with smaller eyes, larger chins and bigger bodies tend to be more independent and stronger emotionally. The theory is that when times get tough, it might be better to shack up with a woman who is a survivor rather than someone who looks hungry. Keep reading »

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