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YOU ARE GETTING HORNY

Research into the power of suggestion from the University of Missouri has discovered that the mere thought of booze influences the sex drive of college kids. The experimenters first questioned 82 undergrad men about how alcohol affected their libidos and then flashed words and jumbled letters at them on a computer screen. The control group was exposed to random words while the other group was flashed a group of words that included "beer," "whisky," "martini" and other alcohol-related suggestions. The men were then asked to rate photographs of women on a scale of one to nine. Oddly enough, the men who believed that alcohol increased their sex drive rated the photos more favorably after subconsciously viewing alcohol cue words, while the men who expected alcohol to reduce their sexual performance rated the women as less attractive. Ronald Friedman, the psychologist who ran this experiment, has been studying how words can affect our behavior, claims another experiment found that flashing words such as "old age" and "bingo" at students caused them to walk more slowly down the school's hallways. (Nature)

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN HAVING A JOB IS LOOKING FOR ONE

This week's career advice for the unemployed comes from an article titled, "Words to Leave Off Your Resume" at blogstechrepublic.com. First off, avoid all words that make you sound like a teenage girl (even if you are one), including awesome, amazing, phenomenal, cool and spectacular. Second, don't mention political or religious affiliations by labeling yourself as a liberal, conservative, atheist, Wiccan or whatever. And most importantly, don't give your potential new boss any bad news about your health status by avoiding phrases on your resume such as chronically ill, diabetic or habitually pregnant.

MILLION DOLLAR MATTRESS

Last week, a loving daughter in Tel Aviv bought her mom a new mattress and threw out the old one, which her mom had slept on for several decades. Only one problem: her mom had been using the mattress to hide her life savings of nearly $1 million. The mad treasure hunt is now on at two of Tel Aviv's largest garbage dumps where a beefed up security force is on guard. (CNN)

THE TAXMAN IS A PIMP

A Romanian teenager who auctioned off her virginity for more than $13,000 while studying in Germany is being harassed by the tax department to pay 50 percent of her earnings as a prostitute. In Germany, prostitution is legal but heavily taxed, and the authorities would like her to pay up to $6,500 plus an additional $2,500 VAT bill. (Daily Mail)

SCIENCE IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

A great compilation of bizarre scientific studies has been posted at listverse.com, where you can learn that sheep can recognize human faces, married couples tend to look alike over time, women with curvier hips have slightly higher intelligence, women wearing red are more attractive to men, herring communicate by farting, and male monkeys only ejaculate 2 percent of the time if their mates do not yell loudly during sex. This list also contains the most important scientific study of all time, which concluded that there is no correlation between foot length and penis size, but found that the length of a man's index finger is a direct indication of the length of the man's penis.

THAT'S SNOT ART

An "artist" from London who spent two years creating his latest work by picking his nose and rolling his snot into a "sculpture" just smaller than a golf ball is now ready to sell his masterpiece for around $20,000. James Robert Ford, who somehow managed to exhibit his snot at four different art galleries, is now seeking an art collector to take the hunk of goo off his hands. So far, Ford has received a few bids in the $50-$250 range, but this amount won't do the artwork justice. Trying to rationalize his absurd request for 20 grand, the artist explained that each booger is a part of his body and would be impossible for any other artist to replicate. Grasping for more straws, Ford added that the snot is "a physical record of all the different places I have been and people I've met." Nice try. (Wireless Flash)

INTERNET FACT OF THE WEEK

Overzealous nose-picking can rupture the nasal membrane and create a blood clot in the brain, which can lead to death.

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