PAIN IS all IN YOUR HEAD
It's strange that placebos work at all, but a new study found that the psychological self-deception goes even deeper. New experiments have shown that placebos perceived to be expensive are more effective than "cheaper" placebos, even when the fake pills are exactly the same. Researchers at Duke University tested the exact same fake drugs on 82 subjects after giving half of them a brochure describing the pill as a newly approved painkiller costing $2.50 per dose, and the other half a brochure describing it as a 10-cent generic version. Of those who took the higher-priced drug, 85 percent experienced the benefits of the fake painkiller compared to 61 percent who took the cheaper drug. (ABC News)
AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR TATTOO WAS REBELLIOUS
Thailand's health ministry is attempting to enforce a ban on castration now that the procedure has become increasingly popular among young men who would prefer to grow up as ladyboys. Apparently there is a wide-spread belief in Thailand that being castrated before the full onset of puberty will help a young boy develop much more feminine features as he grows older. This has led to a massive underground market for "cosmetic castration," which has pushed the price down as low as $125 and created a massive health risk for young boys who opt for this procedure.
In response, the government has banned all hospitals and clinics from performing castration on any boy under the age of 18. So far, at least one clinic is defying the government and has called on anyone who wants to be castrated to come to the clinic. "I want them to be happy with what they want to be, and will remove their unwanted organs," said the clinic's top surgeon, who warned that the ban will only make it more dangerous by pushing the market further underground. (Reuters)
I'D KILL TO BE A ROCK STAR
Following in the footsteps of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, that trendy old rocker Charlie Manson has released his new album as a free download for all his fans. "One Mind is pure Charlie, no additions, no corrections, no added opinions, filters or editing," boasts the Manson fan site familyjams.com. "This is all new material ... consisting of songs, trance-poetry, conversations, raps, ramblings, musings and more." This album doesn't seem to include the tracks "Helter Skelter" or "Psycho Killer," but no doubt Charlie makes good use of backwards masking to urge you to kill everyone he hates.
WHO WANTS TO MARRY AN ASSHOLE?
A Malaysian woman is trying to sue her husband for almost a million dollars for her loss of virginity. The 30-year-old woman claimed that the man had convinced her to have sex with him with promises of a happy marriage. Instead the man treated her like crap, his family wouldn't acknowledge the union, and, according to the lawsuit, the marriage caused the woman nothing but "humiliation and mental torture." (EarthTimes.com)
DIETING GIVES THE BLUES
After you've tried every other diet trick in the world, head over to the Japanese site Yumetai.co.jp where you can buy a pair of glasses that will make your food look bland and unappealing so that you eat less (at least that's the theory). The supposed science behind the Blue Shade Glasses is that blue is considered the least appetizing color on the spectrum, so if everything you eat looks blue, you will eat less of it and magically lose weight. Good luck, fatty!
HOW TO LOSE YOUR APPETITE
An even easier way to turn your stomach is to watch the video of the man with the world's longest ear hair standing in front of the mirror combing the disgusting mess growing out of his head. See it at curioustimes.com.
UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ROCKS
A man in Bosnia whose house has been hit by meteorites five times since last November believes aliens might be out to get him. Experts at Belgrade University have confirmed that the rocks are meteorites and are now investigating the magnetic fields around his home in order to find out why his home keeps getting hit. But Radivoje Lajic doesn't need "experts" to figure out what's going on: "I am obviously being targeted by extraterrestrials. I don't know what I have done to annoy them, but there is no other explanation that makes sense. The chance of being hit by a meteorite is so small that getting hit five times has to be deliberate." (Ananova)
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