Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Over-turned construction truck = photo-op

Having sex is good for you... really good.

We know sex is good for us. Now scientists say it can also protect against disease, writes Lucy Atkins. A new study showing sex can lower blood pressure, among other things.

"We're not just talking about the immediate effects of having had nice sex. The beneficial effects could last at least a week," says Professor Brody.

One theory is that intercourse stimulates a variety of nerves, most notably the "vagas" nerve, which is directly involved in soothing and calming. But you have to go the whole heterosexual hog. According to Professor Brody, studies show "penile-vaginal intercourse is the only sexual behaviour consistently associated with better psychological and physiological health".

Such sex has been linked, in women, to a heightened emotional awareness, possibly because the "love hormone" oxytocin is released. One study even found that semen is a mood-enhancing ingredient.

If you are dogged by the sniffles at this time of year, regular love-ins could work wonders for your immunity — condoms and all. Psychologists have found that people who have sex once or twice a week have levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) that are up to a third higher than their more restrained peers. IgA is an antibody that boosts the immune system and is the first line of defence against colds and flu.

The health benefits for middle-aged men are also particularly persuasive. Recent studies suggest that men who have orgasms twice a week are half as likely to die early as men who orgasm less than once a month.

The more frequently men ejaculate, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer, and if middle-aged men have sex twice a week or more they also have a lower risk of heart attack. Much has been made of the slimming and toning effects of a sexual work-out. In fact, sex probably burns off about the same number of calories per minute as a brisk walk. "You get all the benefits of exercise," confirms Dr Hicks. "This includes the release of endorphins, raised heart rate, moving the muscles and joints."

You might also look younger. "Regular sex makes you feel younger as you are more relaxed, satisfied and less stressed," says Dr Kevan Wylie, consultant andrologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Click here to read the full article.

This dude got some sweet-air-time

Fish jumps into boat, hits her face

A 31-year-old woman, Dawn E. Poirier, was hospitalized after a 3-foot-long Gulf sturgeon jumped into her fiance's boat and hit her in the face.

The impact of the fish's bony plates caused Poirier to suffer severe facial injuries and fractures, requiring plastic surgery, her father, Ed White, 63, of St. Petersburg, told The Gainesville Sun.

Poirier's father called the accident "an act of God." The boat, being driven by Poirier's fiance, Johnson R. Staples III, 39, of St. Petersburg, was traveling south on the river going about 35 mph when the sturgeon jumped into the boat.

"It's like she slammed into a brick wall," White said.

Poirier was airlifted to Shands hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where doctors listed her in fair condition. In addition to the injuries to her face, she had a spinal fracture, had stitches to her lips and right wrist and scraped on her shoulders.

The 19-foot boat received $1,000 in damages, said Karen Parker, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The fate of the sturgeon was not known.

Damn, ouch that must of hurt. I wonder if she got any cool scars? That’d be kind of cool to make up some crazy story that you got into a fight with a shark or something… or not. Article here.

Kick-ass photoworthy pictures of New York

Find out if sex offenders live near you...

So I had no idea that was a website that publicly displays all of the registered sex offenders in your area. It’s kind of creepy.

You just enter an address, and it will show a map. You can click on the squares that appear, and see photos (where available), addresses, and convictions.
The website also offers an email notification service in which you can specify up to three addresses (not zip codes) that you want to watch and the distance around those addresses. You will automatically will receive an email the moment a registered sex offender moves near your area. Creepy.

The company that runs the sites updates their data daily from multiple public data sources. Click here to check to see if you have an sex offenders near your house.

Some scary statistics:

· 90% of all sexual assaults against children are committed by someone whom the victim knew.
· The typical sexual predator will assault 30 - 60 times before being caught.
· The re-arrest rate for convicted child molesters is 52%.

On a wine bottle? Wouldn’t your hand hurt?

Dad charged for shooting son's computer?

A father fed up with his son for spending too much time on the computer, allegedly fired shots at the monitor.

Joseph Langenderfer, 44, allegedly told deputies he was angry that his son had neglected the laundry and was spending all his time playing computer games. He told deputies the gun accidentally fired and the bullet hit the wall a few feet from where his son, Tim, was sitting.

Tim, 22, called 9-1-1 and said he and his dad were arguing and his dad had just shot at him. Langenderfer was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and charged with one count of attempted murder.

Whoa, my dad used to get pissed at me… but he never shot at my computer monitor. I’d be pissed if he ever did anything like this. The good thing about this is… he’s probably going to get a brand new monitor. Cool. Article here.

Huh, this is a cool looking bridge:

1-in-5 make up excuses, coming late to work

One-in-ten workers -- 13 percent -- say they arrive late to work at least once a week and 24 percent say they arrive late at least once a month. One-in-five admit to making up fake excuses to explain their tardiness.

"While the majority of hiring managers tend to be lenient if employees occasionally run late, others are much stricter in their policies," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources for "Thirty percent of hiring managers say they don't care if their employees come in late as long as their work is completed on time with good quality. However, one-in-ten hiring managers say they would consider terminating an employee if he/she arrives late once or twice in a given year. One-in-five say a pink slip may be in order if an employee is late three times in a year."

When asked to identify the primary cause for coming in late, 27 percent of workers cited traffic. Ten percent pointed to getting their kids ready for school or day care while 11 percent said falling back asleep was the main culprit. Other popular reasons included forgetting something at home, feeling sick and the inability to find house or car keys.

Not surprising, Monday is the most popular day for late arrivals, according to 64 percent of hiring managers. While the majority of hiring managers don't typically question the validity of the reasons provided, 35 percent say most of the time they don't believe the excuses.

Hiring managers provided the following top ten examples of the most unusual excuses employees offered for arriving late to work:

1. I dreamed that I was fired, so I didn't bother to get out of bed.
2. I had to take my cat to the dentist.
3. I went all the way to the office and realized I was still in my
pajamas and had to go home to change.
4. I saw that you weren't in the office, so I went out looking for you.
5. I couldn't find the right tie, so I had to wait for the stores to open
so I could buy one.
6. My son tried to flush our ferret down the toilet and I needed to tend
to the ferret.
7. I ran over a goat.
8. I stopped for a bagel sandwich, the store was robbed and the police
required everyone to stay for questioning.
9. A bee flew in my car and attacked me and I had to pull over.
10. I wet my pants and went home to change.

Article here.

This fan has the right idea, K-Fed sucks

Dog turns on stove, sets kitchen on fire?

Skylar the goldendoodle couldn't wait to get her paws on the cold pizza perched atop her owner's stove. With her owner gone, the 3-year-old golden retriever/poodle mix from Naperville found a way up near the stove top on March 7, touching off a blaze that almost took her life.

Apparently, Skylar smelled the pizza and tried to get at it sometime after her master, Fred L. Chip Haines IV, left for work that morning. In doing so, the designer pooch probably turned on a burner with a paw.

The burner ignited the cardboard underneath the pizza, producing flames that spread quickly to a nearby, heavy-duty plastic cutting board, and then to the cabinets above the stove, Naperville fire officials said. Haines said the blaze was confined to the kitchen but still did an estimated $50,000 in damage.

50k in damage? I hope this owner loves their dog. Article here.