Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Photoworthy: bee on eyelid

What's the point of pubic hair?

Dear Big Scary Man with a Piece of Cheese,

Apparently, your friends have stumbled upon one of the eternal mysteries of the human body. After reviewing some theories on why pubic hair exists, it appears there's no definitive answer. It seems as though the prevailing theory relates to pheromones — scents that the body produces that can be sexually stimulating to others.

It's thought that the tufts of hair that grow around the genitals, as well as under the arms, capture these erotic scents. Pheromones get trapped in the pubic 'do when apocrine glands release an odorless secretion on the surface of the skin that combines with bacteria decomposed by the secretions of the sebaceous glands. Believe it or not, humans have the same number of hair follicles as apes, except our body hair is generally very fine or barely visible in comparison. So, while pubic hair and underarm hair might be considered the primary scent traps, they're by no means the only ones. For some people, scents from these areas are noticeable and consciously increase sexual arousal. For others, pheromones might not be obvious but may be detected subconsciously.

A few hypotheses also exist about why we have hair on our pubic places. Some people believe that it keeps our genitals warm. In prehistoric times, when only a loincloth was worn to cover the penis or vulva, this might have held true. However, the idea that a pubic mane exists for warmth doesn't make much sense in today's world since our genitals are kept toasty by clothing. In order for this theory to be true, it would seem that our bodies would probably have evolved to the point where we would have lost the need for pubic hair, which is not the case. Also, if it were intended for generating heat, wouldn't we have much more pubic hair? If this were so, men would probably have hair on the shaft of their penis and more hair on the scrotum to insulate the testicles; women would have hair on the skin of their lower torso to insulate the internal reproductive organs. Others believe that the purpose of women's pubic tresses is similar to that of cilia in the nose (a.k.a., nose hair), in that it prevents dirt from entering the vagina. Okay, this makes some sense... but why wouldn't men have similar protective locks around the opening of their urethra?

Other theories regarding the purpose of pubic hair probably exist, but currently, the pheromone theory seems to be the most logical. Source.

A Kodak moment on the red carpet

Overheard on the streets of New York:

Girl #1: So, how was it at his house?
Girl #2: It was fine until he kept...
Girl #1: What?
Girl #2: Well, he kept begging me to try it, and I was like, 'Listen, I'll do any other kinky thing you want, but I think that is just gross!' And then he went and got the garden hose anyway...
-Victoria's Secret, Herald Square

Teen girl #1: So, we were totally on his couch and we were totally making out. It was totally romantic.
Teen girl #2: How is making out on his couch romantic?
Teen girl #1: You're just jealous that you have no romance in your life.
Teen girl #2: Don't mistake romance for being a slut.
-A train

Girl #1: ... And then I kicked him in the nuts. And, like, I drew blood.
Girl #2: Oh my god...
Girl #1: I know, right? So, I go to bed, and while I'm sleeping he writes 'Best friends' on my door... in blood.
-Barcade, Williamsburg

Girl: It's not that I'm not attracted to you, it's just that I'm not as into sex as you are.
Guy: That's bullshit -- you're only 22 and you've fucked 24 people. You are definitely into sex.
Children from school bus directly next to the couple, all leaning out the window: Seeex!
-Irving & Eldert, Bushwick

Patient camp counselor: Instead of punching Timmy* next time, can you think of a better solution to your problem?
Sullen six-year-old: Yes. Next time I'm going to rip all his hairs out.
Patient camp counselor: Assuming that ripping hair out is camp-inappropriate, what's something else you could do?
Sullen six-year-old: Fine, then. I'll rip out his eyeballs and piss on his face.
-Central Park

College kid #1: So, dude, are you going to do it?
College kid #2: No! I am not going to have sex with my sister! [People waiting in line turn around to look] Awww, fuck.


Dude builds hockey rink in his backyard, whoa!

Famer catches dude having sex with his pigs

A shocked pig farmer could not believe his eyes as he watched a man drop his trousers and assault several members of his herd. The farmer managed to grab a camera and get evidence of the public bestiality, and the animal lover has been convicted, newspaper VG reports.

"It was hard to comprehend what I was in fact seeing," said the Skien farmer. He managed to get nine shots of the former policeman he spotted sexually assaulting his pigs.

Telemark police said the case is closed and the man fined NOK 8,000 (USD 1,060) for violating animal protection laws.

"I saw a man standing among the pigs, inside the electrical fence. Suddenly he took off his underpants and stood there naked from the waist down. Then things started to happen that I didn't think were possible," the farmer said.

"I took nine pictures of the man in action. It was embarrassing delivering the film for development, and I explained in the photo shop what had happened," he said. Police said that the photographs were central to resolving the case. Article here.

Damn, Michael Jackson 'beat box' on Oprah interview

Women gets two years in jail for throwing McDonald's cup

Jessica Hall, 25, is sitting in jail for throwing a large McDonald's cup filled with ice into another car. Hall, a mother of three young children whose husband is serving his third tour in Iraq, says: "We didn't think it would go this far. Two years! What did I do?" Nobody was injured in the "McMissle" incident. Full article here.

Ann Curry laughs at Tim Hardaway's 'gay' comments

Worry about taking a math test makes you do worse

Worrying about how you'll perform on a math test may actually contribute to a lower test score, U.S. researchers said on Saturday.

Math anxiety -- feelings of dread and fear and avoiding math -- can sap the brain's limited amount of working capacity, a resource needed to compute difficult math problems, said Mark Ashcroft, a psychologist at the University of Nevada Los Vegas who studies the problem.

"It turns out that math anxiety occupies a person's working memory," said Ashcroft, who spoke on a panel at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Francisco.

Ashcroft said while easy math tasks such as addition require only a small fraction of a person's working memory, harder computations require much more. Worrying about math takes up a large chunk of a person's working memory stores as well, spelling disaster for the anxious student who is taking a high-stakes test.

Stress about how one does on tests like college entrance exams can make even good math students choke. "All of a sudden they start looking for the short cuts," said University of Chicago researcher Sian Beilock. Article here.

Entire parking lot of new Shelby GT Mustangs

Dude wins $25,000 lottery two days in a row

An airline pilot from Minnesota won a $25,000 lottery jackpot — two days in a row.

Raymond Snouffer Jr. matched the winning numbers 11-14-23-26-31 to win Saturday's Northstar Cash drawing with odds of about 170,000 to 1, Minnesota Lottery officials said. On Sunday, Snouffer stuck with 11 and switched to 3-7-19-28 — and won again.

Lottery officials said such a sequence was so farfetched that the odds against it were "virtually incalculable." Article here.