MY IMAGINARY GIRLFRIEND WON'T LET ME COMPETE
What do you do if you're a hard-up Japanese dude who can't get laid? Start a new trend called Air Sex, of course, 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 is a guy who goes by the name Cobra, and who 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 video at CuriousTimes.com. (Mainichi Daily News)
HOW ABOUT A ROAD TRIP?
Bored of all the usual summer vacation activities? Why not do a road trip to some of America's hidden government installations and military bases with the help of a book called Top Secret Tourism: Your Travel Guide to Germ Warfare Laboratories, Clandestine Aircraft Bases, and Other Places in the United States You're Not Supposed to Know About. Well, great title anyway, even if the holiday destinations in this book might be a bit dull (unless, of course, you're planning a violent revolution of the government). According to the blurb at the publisher's Web site, listings are conveniently organized by state, and each facility/site entry gives its history, discusses the activities carried on there, explores various rumors and provides maps and directions to every location. Extra points for not getting shot at. (FeralHouse.com)
BEWARE THE KILLER SAND
If you like to go to the beach but fear going into the water because you don't want to get eaten by a shark, I've got bad news. It turns out that the beach isn't safe either, as more people have been killed in the past few decades by collapsing sand holes than by sharks. (CNN)
MARS IS FOR MASOCHISTS
Would you trade your sanity for about $75,000? If so, go ahead and volunteer for a simulated trip to Mars in which six people will spend 17 months locked in a modular "spacecraft" the size of about nine truck containers. Be warned: once you're inside you're not coming out, as the goal of the study is to understand how people will react under the kinds of conditions that astronauts might experience on a journey to Mars. Along with the cramped conditions, high workload, lack of privacy, limited supplies (and the psychological torment of being locked up with the kinds of freaks who would volunteer for such insanity), you'll also be subject to simulated emergencies in order to mess with your mind as much as possible. In exchange for the worst 500 days of your life, you'll receive about $150 per day and all the gruel you can eat. No wait ... the gruel will actually be carefully rationed out each day. Good luck! (BBC)
British journalist David Gardner has written The Last of the Hitlers, a book based on his research into the family of William Patrick Hitler, the son of Adolf Hitler's half-brother Alois. The Hitler family has lived in New York City under false names for 50 years. In his interviews with the family, Gardner discovered that the three sons of William Patrick who are still alive have made a pact to not have children so that the Hitler genes will die with them.
NO ONE IS INNOCENT
Everyone knows that kids use all sorts of tricks and lies to screw with their parents, but new research has discovered that the deception begins as early as 6 months old. Yes, babies lie. Behavioral psychologists from the University of Portsmouth found that infants as young as 6 months old use fake crying and pretend laughter in order to manipulate their parents. By 8 months of age, the little brats have graduated to techniques such as distracting their parents' attention and concealing forbidden activities ... and it's all downhill from there. Before this research, it was believed that the developing brain was not capable of lying until the age of 4. (The Telegraph)
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