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Facebook Gives You Syphilis?!?! Or Not.

In certain cities in the U.K., there’s been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases. And these cities have one thing in common — they are where Facebook is most popular. Public health officials think that social networking sites are making it much easier for syphilis-ridden horndogs to find casual sex partners, and so Facebook is urging users to “take precautions” and be careful about getting busy with people they’ve met online. But here’s the thing: Are people really meeting sex partners through Facebook? And giving them syphilis? I have promiscuous friends, and none of us has ever gotten the syph, but then again, I don’t think we’ve ever used Facebook to solicit sex either. Whatever happened to those PSAs warning kids not to meet people they meet online? Just because chat rooms are old news doesn’t mean the internet love shack is closed for business and innocent kids aren’t at risk. I think the proper method of anti-Facyphilis marketing is to make posters that say: “Hitler had syphilis. Don’t be a Nazi. Wear a frickin’ condom!” [Newser] Keep reading »

Is Your Go-To Internet Password One Of The 500 Worst?

Artist Kate Bingaman-Burt took the 500 worst passwords from Mark Burnett and Dave Kleiman’s book Perfect Password: Selection, Protection, Authentication and compiled them in this 16″ by 20″ screen-printed zine. Looks like we’ll have to come up with something better than “naughty” from now on. Is your go-to secret phrase on there? [kate*/Flickr via NOTCOT] Keep reading »

“Bootyclipse” Is Booty Shaking Without The Booty

The other day I came across the video art of Dennis Knopf, whose “Bootyclipse” video series takes “booty shaking” videos and removes the booty shaking part. If you’re not familiar with the concept, sometimes amateur booty-shakers set up webcams, videotape themselves shaking their booties for the camera, and then upload said booty shaking video to YouTube. Knopf isolated the few seconds before the woman steps into the frame and starts shaking her booty, looped those seconds, and, voila, “Bootyclipse” was born. This one, “indian booty dance,” is my favorite. The original caption reads: “me bored ass [sic] hell doin a lil dance to Punjabi MC.” [YouTube] Keep reading »

With KattySaks, Kitty Can Use A Litterbox Discreetly

A house cat is a wonderful thing: they curl up in your lap, they gaze pensively out the window, they wind their tails around your legs. But the litter box part? Not so much. Unsightly, stinky, and in the way no matter where you put it, a litter box can be a real pain for everyone but Kitty. Now a company called KattySaks has created a line of fancy kitty litter box covers that may not conceal the box but sure turn it into something far more dramatic. Le Dresser (seen here) is for that feline with a thing for antiques. There’s another one that converts the box into a “surf shack,” which I guess fits with the whole litter/sand thing. And yet another looks like a “beach bus”: “Hop on the bus and become the coolest cat at the beach!” At $39.99, they’re a relatively inexpensive way to hide the box, contain the odors, and keep your cat feeling special. [KattySaks via Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »

Shrink Says Nannies Turn Baby Boys Into Cheating Dogs

If I were to ever have a baby, and he were to be a son, I’d want him to be a really good, stand-up guy who treats women well. So, according to psychiatrist Dennis Friedman, if I want this to be the case, I need to avoid one fatal parenting flaw—getting him a nanny. “It introduces him to the concept of The Other Woman,” says Friedman. “As a result, he grows up with the idea that although he will one day go through all the social and sexual formalities of marriage, he will have at the back of his mind the notion of this other woman, who not only knows, but caters for, all his needs.” In other words, guys who had a nanny or long-term babysitter when they were babies are more likely to be dogs when they grow up.
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The Strange Reproductive Story Of The Male Pipefish

The reproductive habits of the male pipefish may not have been on your mind lately, but the topic reaps facts that are more surprising than you might think. What’s a pipefish, you ask? It’s basically a lot like a seahorse, but without the curl. And, remarkably, they’re one of the few species on the planet where the male gets pregnant. Previously, it was thought that seahorses and pipefish were stellar dads. During mating, they take the eggs from the females, fertilize them, and carry the babies to term in their brood pouches. Now, it turns out that the male baby-carriers have a shocking secret: after mating with “less attractive” females, they sometimes abort those theoretically “less attractive” babies. “If the male likes the mom, the kids are treated better,” explains Kimberly Paczolt, the study’s lead researcher at Texas A&M University. But, “If he is not overly fond of the mother,” the male may decide that the eggs are not worth raising, and abort them. He may even “eat” them, by absorbing them into his body. In terms of ideal mates, the male pipefish prefers a larger female. When it comes to pipefish, bigger is better. [Neatorama] Keep reading »

Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of March 19th 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 »

A Car Fit For A Queen Up For Grabs

A car built specifically for Queen Elizabeth II is up for sale. The like-new 2001 Jaguar Daimler Majestic V8 LWB has 14,000 miles on it — 12,000 of which were put on by the queen herself between 2001 and 2004. She used the luxury car to travel between Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, to visit friends, to go to church, and to get around the Royal Estate in Windsor. The Jag was modified to hold Her Majesty’s purse on a specially designed armrest and has a direct link radio to Home Office and Downing Street, which is the official residences of two of Britain’s most senior cabinet ministers. The radio, of course, is now non-functioning, but the fantasy of playing queen sounds fun anyway. Surprisingly, the original registration used by the queen, service book, spare keys are still in the car. Peter Ratcliffe, a memorabilia dealer with Legends in Time, bought the car and is now entertaining only serious inquiries. [Reuters, HMTheQueensDaimler.com] Keep reading »

A Couple In Dubai Gets Jail Time For Sexting

A pair of flight attendants in Dubai has been sentenced to three months in jail. Their offense? They sent each other flirty text messages. Apparently, this is a crime because the woman in the pair was married—she’s since filed for divorce—and thus the texts represent “intent to commit sin.” If there had been any evidence that they actually had an affair, things would’ve been a lot worse. Of course, three months in jail for some sexts is pretty harsh—if that were the case here, every high schooler in the country would be in jail for life by now. Perhaps this couple should’ve have mexted instead? Keep reading »

Happy Hump Day From A Tarsier!

According to this video, if you look a tarsier in the eyes, it will eat your soul. Click play at your own risk, people! Keep reading »

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