MOST BORING WAY TO LIVE LONGER
In March we celebrated the birthday of a chain-smoking 107-year-old Hong Kong man who believes that his longevity might be due to going over 70 years without sex. Hardly seems worth it, but thanks to his abstinence, Chan Chi has remained relatively healthy ever since his wife died during World War II. His next goal is to quit smoking. "Maybe the government should ban cigarette sales so I can give it up," he said. (South China Morning Post)
HOTTEST NEW SPORT
What do you do if you're a hard-up Japanese dude who can't get laid? Start a new trend called Air Sex, the latest craze sweeping Japan in which fully clothed men simulate screwing an imaginary partner. So far it sounds like a normal day in a teenage boy's bedroom. But add music, a live audience, and judges ... now you have the World Air Sex Championships, in which competitors try to perform the most outrageous display of fake sex possible. "Air sex was originally invented by guys who couldn't get girlfriends, but desperately want to have sex," said J-Taro Sugisaku, who created the virtual sport in 2006. The current world champ goes by the name Cobra and gives this advice to young up-and-comers: "You can't care about what women watching your performance are thinking about you. When you get down to air sex, you've got to immerse yourself in the air sex world ... Air sex can't be performed in half-measures. If it is, you're only asking for trouble." Check out the creepy (but hilarious) video at CuriousTimes.com. (Mainichi Daily News)
TASTIEST BAKED GOODS
In November we discovered that there exists a Finnish bread with the brand name "Jussipussi." Sounds delicious ...
MOST INCONVENIENT TRUTH
If the aliens can't help us, maybe vegans can (although I'm not sure they exist either). In March People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote a letter to Al Gore advising him that his film missed the single most effective way to help end global warming, which would be going on a strict vegan diet. They cited a 2006 United Nations report which claimed that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all of the cars and trucks in the world combined, concluding that the meat industry is "one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." PETA went on to offer to cook Al Gore a faux fried chicken dinner because, they say, "you just can't be a meat-eating environmentalist." (Peta.org)
BEST EXCUSE TO SLEEP IN
Running out of excuses for sleeping in everyday? Here's a good one: researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that sleep deprivation stresses your heart and raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and death caused by heart failure. (AFP)
WORST HOME FOR FISH
I still haven't figured out if this is for people who love fish or hate them ... either way, you can now buy a toilet tank that doubles as a see-through aquarium so that your pet fish can watch you take a dump. Plus, when they die, it's just a very short trip to the graveyard. Check it out at FishnFlush.com.
BEST TWO MIN. OF YOUTUBE
Among the weird moments on YouTube this year was a hilarious short film disguised as a National Film Board of Canada documentary about spiders under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, LSD and crack. Check it out at CuriousTimes.com or do a search for "Spiders on Drugs" at YouTube.com.
I don't claim to have the answers to your psychological problems, but I'm quite sure that being sexually assaulted with a toilet brush isn't going to solve them. But I don't know what Dr. Juan Ernesto Tejeda Rosario knows. He's the 63-year-old psychiatrist who was banished from ever practicing his bizarre style of therapy again after several charges of sexual assault were brought against him by two male patients. And yes, unfortunately, the toilet brush incident was one of them. Sorry to plant that image in your brain, but that's the risk you take when you read this column. (CBC)
A majority of married Australian men who have a gay love affair would rather commit suicide than admit it to their wives.
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