Curious Times: Sexy Facts, Talking Robot Dogs and Thanks for the Spanks 

SEXY FACTS

From a Web page called Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Sex, come these conversation starters: One minute of kissing burns 26 calories; half an hour of sex burns 150 calories; sex cures headaches; sperm is good for your skin; men watching three-way porn produce more sperm than men watching "normal" porn; Victorian prostitutes shaved their pubic hair to prevent lice and then wore pubic wigs for their customers (which also helped to conceal STDs); and, last but not least, female penguins engage in a form of prostitution in which they have sex with single male penguins in exchange for material to build their nests. (listverse.com)

HOW TO GET AHEAD IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

Australian researchers have discovered the same fact previously found in Britain and America--that tall men earn more money than their shorter colleagues. The study of 7,000 workers found that 2 extra inches of height is equal to about $1,000 per year in extra salary. The results were far less dramatic for women, who need about 4 extra inches of height in order to grab a similar increase in pay. This latest study also found that obese people no longer earn less than their skinnier colleagues (at least in Australia), but the researchers explained that this is probably simply because so many people are now overweight. (The Telegraph)

So, WHERE ARE ALL THE RICH ESKIMOS?

New research claims that it's not a coincidence that countries in hot climates tend to lag behind in economic productivity. The study from MIT found that any year that had an increase in average temperatures of one degree would also find a 1.1 percent drop in per-capita gross domestic product. Put simply, if it's really damn hot, it's likely you won't work as hard. (npr.org)

"FEED ME YOU IDIOT"

Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy has released an updated version of its "Bow-lingual" gadget that can translate your dog's barking noises for you. The new toy is a talking version of the old standard, which claimed to be able to analyze six doggy emotions including joy, sadness and frustration. If you have another $200 to waste, the new toy will speak phrases such as "I'm annoyed" or "play with me" at you. (breitbart.com)

THANK YOU DOCTOR, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?

This may be very old news for spanking fetishists, but a Moscow newspaper reports that at least two Russian scientists have suggested that a few rounds of ass-whacking could be used as a treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, depression, suicidal tendencies and psychosomatic disorders. In a supposedly real paper titled "Pain Affliction as a Method of Treatment for Addictive Behavior and Other Manifestations of Non-Vitalistic Activity," Dr. Sergei Speransky claims that corporal punishment doled out on a regular basis releases enough endorphins into the patients' brains to reinvigorate their zest for life. He recommends a treatment of 30 sessions, each session consisting of 60 whacks to the buttocks of the patient, preferably delivered by a doctor of the opposite sex. "I am not sadistic," said Dr. Speransky, "but I do advocate caning." Another doctor, who claims to have 10 regular patients, said, "At first they didn't like it, but when they started to feel the benefits they kept asking for more." (mosnews.com)

WAR IS HELL, AND SO IS THE FOOD

The United States military has finally outsmarted yeast, fungus, mold and rotting meat to successfully create the world's first indestructible sandwich. The pizza pocket-style sandwich can survive airdrops, rough handling and extreme climates, and stays fresh for up to three years at temperatures up to 26 degrees Celcius, and up to six months at 38 degrees Celcius. The soldiers who tested the first prototype were unimpressed, giving the sandwich a rating of "acceptable." ( New Scientist)

I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK

According to the updated indulgences of the Catholic Church (the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum), giving up smoking will increase your chances of getting into heaven.

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