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CURIOUS TIMES JULY 2 EDITION

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A FACE ONLY A BITCH COULD LOVE

The 20th annual Sonoma-Marin Fair has ended with the crowning of 2008's World's Ugliest Dog. This year's winner is Gus, a hairless Chinese Crested with skin cancer who has only three legs (one was amputated because of a skin tumor) and is missing an eye thanks to a fight with a tomcat. Gus beat out 12 hideous creatures (check out the photos at sonoma-fair.org) to win a year's supply of organic doggy treats, two trophies and $1,600 in prize money. "I'm just in shock," said Gus' owner. "We came so far and are so happy that we can put the winnings towards Gus' radiation treatment. We're just thrilled."

A FACE EVEN A MOTHER BARELY LOVES

And if you've ever thought that people love their ugly dogs more than their ugly children, you're right. Researchers at the University of Alberta carried out a study that found parents treat cute children with much more love and attention than their less attractive kids. The study secretly observed 400 sets of parents and their children while they were shopping and ranked the kids on a scale of physical attractiveness from 1 to 10. They found that when mom did the shopping, 13.3 percent of the attractive kids were secured with the seat belt in the shopping cart seat compared to only 1.2 percent of the uglier kids. Dads did even worse, strapping in 12.5 percent of the cute kids but not a single one of the homely children. The ugly children were also allowed to wander away unsupervised and were allowed to wander much farther away than the more attractive children. (MSNBC)

I GUESS THEY'RE ALL WINNERS AFTER ALL

Now that the Olympic Games are mere weeks away, the debate about whether or not athletes should have sex before competition has once again been re-opened. Whereas most coaches still frown upon sex before events (if only because it reduces the athlete's focus, if not their strength), others are embracing the future. During the Barcelona games, doctors at a Jerusalem sex clinic actually advised the female athletes on the Israeli team to have sex before events because, they said, "women compete better after orgasm, especially high-jumpers and runners." The German team physician also endorses sex amongst the athletes, and a Russian psychologist was quoted as saying, "It's simple ... more sex means more gold." The debate is probably meaningless anyway, as former Olympic athletes have described the athletes' village as a two-week hedonist sex resort. "There's a lot of sex going on," said Breaux Green, an athlete from the Sydney Games. "You get a lot of people who are in shape, and, you know, testosterone's up and everybody's attracted to everybody." Another former athlete offered this euphemism: "It's not an orgy, but it is socially vigorous." (The Scotsman)

SECRET TO GETTING LAID IS VOLUME, VOLUME, VOLUME

Speaking of lots of testosterone and sex, a new study has discovered the reason why so-called "bad boys" have more sexual partners than nice guys. It has nothing to do with their bad attitudes after all, but is simply because bad boys try to hit on many more women than regular dudes and so the law of averages means they will meet more willing partners (take a hint, dorks). The researchers concluded that men who possess what psychologists call the "dark triad" of personality traits—the tendency to lie and manipulate others, selfish narcissism and impulsive behavior—have a predatory, scattershot approach to conquests that helps them to meet more women. The scientists also speculated that we're surrounded by so many assholes (I'm paraphrasing here) because these negative personality traits have survived through evolution because of their link to higher mating success. ( The Telegraph)

SPAM SELLS

If you've ever wondered why you receive dozens of stupid spam messages ever day, it's because, believe it or not, they work. According to a global survey of 37,000 Internet users, a whopping 20 percent say they have bought products advertised through spam. This means that one out of every five people you know is a completely ignorant moron (not you, of course). The survey also found that most people would be more devastated by losing e-mail access than by losing their television set. (azcentral.com)

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