Thursday, December 30, 2010

Neanderthals cooked and ate vegetables

NEANDERTHAL Hunter, gatherer, vegetarian masterchef?

Neanderthals cooked and ate plants and vegetables, a new study of Neanderthal remains reveals.

Researchers in the US have found grains of cooked plant material in their teeth. More here.

Political views 'hard-wired' into your brain

Tories may be born not made, claims a study that suggests people with right wing views have a larger area of the brain associated with fear.

Political views 'hard-wired' into your brain
The brains of MPs and students were examined Photo: CORBIS
5:00PM GMT 28 Dec 2010
Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions. More here.

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A quarter of young men 'won't take no for an answer when it comes to sex'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:00 PM on 17th November 2010

  • 40% of young people pressured into sex they did want
  • 1 in 5 men aged 18-25 expect to have sex after kissing

A quarter of young men don't believe it is rape if a woman says no to sex and the man continues anyway, shock new figures suggested today. More here.

16 of the Dumbest Things Americans Believe -- And the Right-Wing Lies Behind Them

We’ve gone beyond Stephen Colbert's' truthiness' into a 'truth-be-damned' environment.

Americans are often misinformed, occasionally downright dumb, and easily misled by juicy-sounding rumors. But while the right wing is taking full advantage of this reality, the Left worries that calling out lies is "rude." More here.

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Imps, warts and sex with the Devil: 400-year-old diary of Witchfinder General trials is opened to public for first time

By James Tozer
Last updated at 10:35 AM on 29th October 2010

Witchfinder: Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins in the 1968 film

Witchfinder: Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins in the 1968 film

It is one of the grimmest chapters of our history.

Dramatised in the horror film The Witchfinder General, the execution of scores of innocent village women for consorting with the Devil is chilling. MORE HERE.

Corset piercings tug at perceptions of beauty

Monique Millier, 22, is a two-time corset piercer.

Amid the tattooed throng at the Body Art Expo in San Francisco, Demitria Ruiz drew an iPhone paparazzi - quite a feat considering she flashed not a dot of ink. MORE HERE.

Coffin technologies that protect you from being buried alive

Coffin technologies that protect you from being buried alive In the eighteenth century, rumors swirled about people accidentally buried alive when they lapsed into a deathlike state from cholera. As a result, the safety coffin was invented. Here's how it worked. MORE HERE.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Colosseum's dungeons opening to visitors

Image: Colosseum in Rome
Ettore Ferrari / EPA
Workers are pictured Thursday inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. The Colosseum will open two new areas to tourists next week, the upper tier and the underground chambers.
The Associated Press
updated 10/14/2010 4:49:36 PM ET 2010-10-14T20:49:36

Underground chambers once held gladiators, caged animals

Underground dungeons at Rome's Colosseum, considered to be one of the great feats of Roman architecture and where gladiators once locked in mortal combat, will open to the public for the first time next week. More Here.

Clueless British children think Spanish Armada is a national dish and Sir Walter Raleigh invented the bicycle

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:27 PM on 20th October 2010

British children reckon the Spanish Armada is a national dish, Walter Raleigh invented the bicycle and 18th Century explorer Captain Cook was the helm of Starship Enterprise, according to research released today .

Frighteningly, a new survey also reveals that many also think that the Battle of Waterloo was fought at the London rail terminal, Horatio Nelson captained the French football team in the Nineties... and that thousands have never set foot in the sea. More Here.

One in seven children believe that Captain James Cook, above left for those who are wondering, commanded Starship Enterprise and not Captain James T Kirk
Captain James Kirk

One in seven children believe that Captain James Cook, above left for those who are wondering, commanded Starship Enterprise and not Captain James T Kirk

Neolithic Immigration

How Middle Eastern Milk Drinkers Conquered Europe

By Matthias Schulz

An excavation of a Linear Pottery village in Bavaria
Peter Roggenthin

An excavation of a Linear Pottery village in Bavaria

New research has revealed that agriculture came to Europe amid a wave of immigration from the Middle East during the Neolithic period. The newcomers won out over the locals because of their sophisticated culture, mastery of agriculture -- and their miracle food, milk.

Wedged in between dump trucks and excavators, archeologist Birgit Srock is drawing the outline of a 7,200-year-old posthole. A concrete mixing plant is visible on the horizon. She is here because, during the construction of a high-speed rail line between the German cities of Nuremberg and Berlin, workers happened upon a large Neolithic settlement in the Upper Franconia region of northern Bavaria.

The remains of more than 40 houses were unearthed, as well as skeletons, a spinning wheel, bulbous clay vessels, cows' teeth and broken sieves for cheese production -- a typical settlement of the so-called Linear Pottery culture (named after the patterns on their pottery).

This ancient culture provided us with the blessing of bread baking. At around 5300 BC, everyone in Central Europe was suddenly farming and raising livestock. The members of the Linear Pottery culture kept cows in wooden pens, used rubbing stones and harvested grain. Within less than 300 years, the sedentary lifestyle had spread to the Paris basin.

The reasons behind the rapid shift have long been a mystery. Was it an idea that spread through Central Europe at the time, or an entire people? More here.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

They All Hung Out at Max’s

ames Wolcott spotlights Max’s Kansas City, the über-hip 60s and 70s nightspot, now recaptured in a book and exhibition.

September 2010

David Johansen and David Bowie at Max’s Kansas City, New York City, 1974. MORE HERE!!!

'Acting white my ass'

Beyond the myths of Black student underperformance

By: Mark Anthony Neal | TheLoop21
Mon, 08/02/2010 - 00:00
Do kids even know what 'acting white' means?

As a kid growing up in the Bronx, my friends often said that I sounded white—too much Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family in my daily re-run consumption. I have visceral memories of being outed one day for being a fan of 1970s teen-pop idol Andy Gibb—“you listen to that shit?"


More than half of schoolgirls are bullied because of their appearance

More than half of young women are bullied at school because of how they look, according to a report published today.

Some youngsters miss months of education to avoid their tormentors, according to the survey.

Researchers spoke to girls in England and Wales, between the ages of 15 and 22. They found 56 per cent were abused verbally, physically or online because of their weight, height or hair colour. MORE HERE!

Only one in five of the girls surveyed was happy with her appearance. More than half were bullied at school

Only one in five of the girls surveyed was happy with her appearance. More than half were bullied at school (posed)

5 Ancient Egyptian Inventions We Still Use Today

A country that is rich in history, a land that has known great prosperity and despair, a world that is beautiful and full of life yet can be just as raw and difficult to survive in. Egypt is a place that holds the roots of humankind and secrets still undiscovered. Many of the objects we use every day and the use of certain everyday objects originated in Egypt. Objects such as the toothbrush, toothpaste, locks and keys, makeup, combs, wigs, deodorant and scissors. Makeup was used not for beauty but for skin-care; it was mainly used to protect people's skin from the sun's harmful rays. Let's take a look at just five of those objects: More HERE!!

1. The Condom
Linen Sheath Condom

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Amish teens: pious, prudish - yet remarkably tolerant

Members of the sect have come to the UK for a C4 series. The results are surprising, says Catherine Gee

FRIENDS IN UNLIKELY PLACES: the Amish visitors with some of their UK hosts
FRIENDS IN UNLIKELY PLACES: the Amish visitors with some of their UK hosts Photo: Channel 4
More here.

America, meet Yoshiki

In Japan, the heavy metal drummer-pianist is so big that Hello Kitty released a likeness of him. He and his band, X Japan, play Lollapalooza next month. He wants to keep building on that.


KEYS: Yoshiki and his band, X Japan, have a main-stage slot at Lollapalooza next month. He hopes to keep building momentum. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times) More here.

Why Does God Reveal Himself to Some People and Not to Others?

Doesn't it seem likely that the reason all of us can't see God is because there is no God?

If God exists… why isn't his existence obvious?

And is "free will" a good answer to this question?


Friday, July 16, 2010

Artwork at Sacramento County law library called anti-Christian


A mixed-media artwork at the Sacramento County Public Law Library titled "Moral Values" shows a Bible with a label across the cover that reads: "Warning! May Impair Judgment."

Published: Friday, Jul. 16, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1B

Visitors entering the Sacramento County Public Law Library downtown will see a work of art that has outraged critics who say it is anti-Christian and should be removed. More here.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Archaelogists muscular body female gladiator Britain

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:08 PM on 2nd July 2010

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a 'massive, muscular woman' who may have been a female gladiator during the Roman occupation of Britain.

The woman was buried in an elaborate wooden coffin with iron straps and copper strips in Credenhill, Herefordshire - close to the headquarters of the SAS.

Her remains were found in a crouched position in an area thought to be a suburb of the nearby Roman town of Kenchester. More here.

Archaeologists uncover the remains of what could possibly be a  female gladiator

Archaeologists uncover the remains of what could possibly be a female gladiator

Glenn Beck to Hold Tea Party Rally on Anniversary of MLK Speech: How Conservatives Are Trying to Hijack Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream

Glenn Beck is exploiting MLK's 'I have a Dream' speech. This isn't the first time conservatives have abused King's memory to push an ideology opposed to everything he stood for. More here.

Gary Kemp: My teen crush on David Bowie

Ziggy Stardust wore nail varnish and platforms, and he changed Gary Kemp's life for ever. The Spandau Ballet guitarist recalls his love affair with glam - More here.

David Bowie 1973

Starman ... David Bowie. Photograph: Roger Bamber/Rex Features

Monday, June 28, 2010

Finally, Christian Couples Have a Place to Buy Their Dildos

Finally, Christian Couples Have a Place to  Buy Their DildosTrying to get her spark back in the bedroom, a Christian woman went looking for "marital aids" and all she found was porn. Her solution? The world's first Christian sex toy shop. You're going to love their euphemisms. MORE HERE.

Friday, June 25, 2010

'Old swingers' at high risk of sex infections

Page last updated at 10:52 GMT, Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:52 UK

Middle-aged couple embracing Swingers tend to be established couples

Partner-swapping swingers could be bringing sexually transmitted infections into the general population, Dutch researchers warn.

Of 9,000 sexual health clinic patient consultations, 12% were with swingers, with an average age of 43. More here.

Why God Doesn’t Listen To Your Prayers

by Be Scofield (cross-posted from Tikkun Daily)

God does not answer prayer.

There, I’ve said it. I know for some my assertion is scandalous, while for others it is mere common sense. But before you summon the inquisitor to prepare the rack or brand me a heretic or rush to my defense, hear me out. More here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mystery of the pregnant pope: New film reopens one of the Vatican's most enduring wounds

By Peter Stanford
Last updated at 12:36 PM on 22nd June 2010

For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has tried to bury her story. But of all the legends suppressed by the Vatican over the years, this is one that refuses to go away. Now, a new film has brought to life the story of the only female pope - and it is being shown this week in cinemas cheek by jowl with the Vatican. And there are plans to bring it to Britain.

For a Church that still treats women as second-class citizens, it is a source of considerable embarrassment and will once again raise the question of whether Pope Joan, as she is called in medieval chronicles, really did exist.

The Vatican claims that she was a mythical figure used by early Protestants to discredit and embarrass Rome. MORE HERE.

Grisly end: Johanna Wokalek as Pope Joan in the new film

Grisly end: Johanna Wokalek as Pope Joan in the new film

'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone' premieres at L.A. Film Festival

That the documentary premiered at the event is no coincidence. The story of the local band, part of the '80s alternative scene, is inextricably linked to Los Angeles. More here.

'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone'

Saturday night saw the world premiere of "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" as part of the documentary competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival. (Ann Summa / Los Angeles Film Festival)

Bones from a Cheddar Gorge cave show that cannibalism helped Britain's earliest settlers survive the ice age

New carbon dating techniques reveal that 14,700 years ago humans living in Gough's Cave in the Mendips acquired a taste for the flesh of their relatives, and not just for ritual reasons More here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cum Has 2,000 Calories!?: Sex According to Right-Wing Moralist Crusaders

Thanks to the moralists entrusted with my sexual education, it wasn't until my 20s that I understood sex could be enjoyed for reasons other than reproduction.
Photo Credit: Pink Sherbet Photography

For many who grew up in America public Sex Education did a lot more harm than good. When you’re taught that sex is not a recreational activity—unless you’re a disease-ridden whore—and condoms don’t work (if you have sex, you WILL get pregnant). Let’s just say, it’s a lot to overcome. More HERE.

Friday, May 07, 2010

List of Christian evangelist scandals

Christian leader tells ‘rentboy’ not to talk to the press

ProfRekers022410 Christian leader tells rentboy not to talk to the  press

Revealed: Florida AG paid $60,000 for Rekers' testimony against gay adoptions

The case of a Christian leader who claims the male prostitute he hired to accompany him on a ten-day European vacation was only along to carry his luggage grew more complex on Thursday, as Family Research Council cofounder and anti-gay activist George Alan Rekers threatened to bring a lawsuit for defamation against the Miami New Times. More here.

Photo Credit: Yuki_K_

You can't really say the penis doesn't get enough attention. There's a fertility festival in Japan called Kanamara Matsuri that celebrates the appendage, there's the Icelandic Phallological Museum, and a Chinese penis restaurant where diners can sup on the wangs of various animals. At one point, a luxury car manufacturer scrapped plans to produce an SUV upholstered in whale penis due to pressure from environmentalists. More here.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Japanese Penis Festivals

Why they worship the penis in Japan


In the village of Komaki, 45 minutes from the central city of Nagoya, there is a shrine devoted to the phallus. Each spring, the old and young alike come here to see an enormous wooden penis carried through the streets, to eat penis shaped sweets, and to make a penis-spirited wish to god.

More Here!

Penis Festival Celebrated By Matsuri: Restaurant To Serve Special Penis-Themed Menu

First Posted: 03-29-10 05:07 PM | Updated: 03-29-10 05:34 PM

This might give new meaning to the name Volcano Roll.

Famed Japanese eatery Matsuri is bringing a little bit of Japan to the US with a special penis-themed menu in honor of Kanamara Matsuri, or Penis Festival.

During the first week of April, residents of Kawasaki, Japan fill the streets with phallic see-saws, penis carving contests, and edible penis replicas in honor of fertility.

Extending this tradition stateside, the Maritime Hotel restaurant is offering a menu featuring Get It Up Hot Pot, Big Sausage, Hard Banana Cream Pie, and a Ginseng Up Cocktail.

And of course no penis-themed would be complete without free condoms, so Planned Parenthood will be handing those out for any after-dinner celebration.

Check out the invite below:


In Pictures: The Japanese Penis Festivals

wakamiya 31 In Pictures: The Japanese Penis Festivals IT’S spring time in Kanamara, Japan and that means it’s time for the festival of the penis. Cheb Fest 2010 will ensure fecundity. They will bumper crops of wheat and babies. LOTS MORE PICTURES HERE.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Manabu Numata: Chronicling Tokyo's host clubs

This Tokyo-based photographer has spent five years snapping Tokyo's famous paid Lotharios so we sat him down for the inside story - more here.

Japanese host clubs
A host's birthday party, Manabu Numata, "Shimei ari (『指名あり』)" series, 2009.

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Tajomaru -- Film Review

By Elizabeth Kerr, March 23, 2010 02:52 ET
Bottom Line: Derivative samurai mini-epic may appeal to fans of the genre but crossover success is out of reach. More here.

Tourists flock to 'Jesus's tomb' in Kashmir

By Sam Miller

A belief that Jesus survived the crucifixion and spent his remaining years in Kashmir has led to a run-down shrine in Srinagar making it firmly onto the must-visit-in India tourist trail. more here.

Rozabal shrine, Srinagar
Jesus is reputed to be buried in this run-down shrine in the Kashmir capital

History That’s More Than the Sum of Its Parts

ON the surface, it sounds like a nearly impossible task: assembling a rare brass-era car from scratch, using century-old parts that were tracked down one by one from all the dusty, rust-ridden corners of the collecting world. MORE HERE!

Todd D'Addario

STARTING POINT Emily Anderson leaving New York City on her cross-country trip last year. More Photos »

Friday, March 19, 2010

Root Beer Grows Up

With all due respect to the floats of our youth, ours is strictly for the 21-and-over crowd
by Lora Zarubin

root beer floot, root liquor, granita Nigel Cox

Who doesn't have a childhood memory of root beer? Mine is vacationing in Napa Valley when I was a kid and always stopping at the local A&W in St. Helena for a hamburger and a frosty mug. Unlike most youngsters, I was not a fan of soda pop in general, but even then I was taken with root beer's complexity of flavors, which were more unusual and provocative than any other soft drink. MORE HERE.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cemetery visitors get a taste of Sacramento's beer brewing heritage

Published: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1B

Beer is not a drink of choice for retired nurse Frankie Rodriguez, who worked in a jail detox unit and "saw what it can do to some people."

But the Land Park resident joined about four dozen people who turned out Saturday for a tour of pioneer brewers' burial sites at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. The program, an inaugural event of Sacramento Beer Week, celebrated the heritage of a thriving local industry founded by mostly German immigrants during the Gold Rush. MORE HERE!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The 6 Weirdest Things Women Do to Their Vaginas

What the hell is vaginal rejuvenation? Who would want their vagina bleached? Here's a list of the strangest ways to make your genitals meet the demands of the beauty industry.
January 30, 2010 |

What's wrong with your vagina? If you answered "nothing," you're probably wrong. According to the beauty-industrial complex, it's ugly, and it smells bad. But don't worry-- there's nothing that money can't fix. More here.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Charita Goshay: Founding Fathers knew danger of state-run religion

By Charita Goshay
Posted Jan 21, 2010 @ 03:01 PM
Make no mistake: We’re a nation of believers, and anyone who thinks differently is in denial. To a man, the Founding Fathers were Christians or, in the case of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, deists.

However, those powdered wigs didn’t stunt their thinking. There’s a reason they didn’t give preference to any singular faith, either in the Declaration of Independence or in the Constitution. More Here.

The return of rickets: Victorian disease on the rise due to poor diet and lack of exercise

By Jenny Hope
Last updated at 9:58 AM on 22nd January 2010

Modern children' s lifestyles are putting them at risk of developing rickets, doctors have warned.

The bone disease, which was the scourge of Victorian Britain, is making a comeback because poor diets and the decline in outdoor play have led to a vitamin D deficiency.

Factors such as more time spent inside playing on computers have reduced the amount of outdoor activity children get compared with previous generations. More here.


Young victims: Rickets was the scourge of Victorian Britain

The Dry Garden: Foraging for mushrooms after the rain

January 18, 2010 | 11:01 am

After rain come mushrooms. Now is the season to explore one of the most mysterious and all too transient organisms that occur in dry gardens. More here.


BBC orders auction house to remove neo-classical goddess painting 'in case nipple offends viewers'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:29 AM on 22nd January 2010
neo-classical painting

Offensive? The 19-century oil painting which was removed from shot - more here.

Most Britons descended from male farmers who left Iraq and Syria 10,000 years ago (and were seduced by the local hunter-gatherer women)

By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 1:37 PM on 20th January 2010

Our ancestors: Arrivals from Iraq and Syria in 8000 BC brought in new farming methods

Ancestors: Farmers from Iraq and Syria in 8000 BC built up communities in Britain

The invention of farming led to the first towns and paved the way for the dawn of civilisation.

The Leicester University study looked at a common genetic mutation on the Y chromosome, the DNA that is passed down from fathers to sons. More here.

Tomb of the Saxon Queen: Discovered, Alfred's granddaughter

By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 10:13 AM on 21st January 2010

Discovered: The remains of Alfred the Great's granddaughter, Eadgyth - a Saxon Queen and one of the oldest members of the English royal family have been unearthed in a tomb in Germany

Discovered: The remains of Alfred the Great's granddaughter, Eadgyth - a Saxon Queen and one of the oldest members of the English royal family have been unearthed in a tomb in Germany - More here.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Haiti's "pact with the devil" myth

How Pat Robertson turned a country's origin myth into a cheap invocation of Satanism Video
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One of the most callous reactions to the Haiti disaster thus far has come from televangelist Pat Robertson, who told viewers of his Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday morning that he knew the real reason for the quake: The country's long-standing pact with Satan. More Here.

Stewart to Robertson: ‘Shut your pie hole, old man’

‘Utterly stupid’: WH slams Robertson over Haiti remarks

Another Christian Right Madman Suggests Haiti Earthquake May Be God's Wrath

'Attack 2': The Catch-22 of Sequels

The young cast of ``Attack the Gas Station 2,’’ the sequel to the hit 1999 comedy by Kim Sang-jin. A local gas station once again becomes prone to a full scale siege, this time involving the mafia, a teenage motorcycle gang and prisoners on the run. / Courtesy of Cinema Service

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter
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