by Chris Bourn It’s a question that’s been asked for thousands of years and even shaped the beliefs of the Catholic Church — but the answers are still only semi-firm Behind a glass storefront, on a quiet residential street away from Reykjavik’s city-center throng, is perhaps the most penis-y place on Earth. The Icelandic Phallological Museum is a shrine to schlong that holds an impressive collection: Whale willies that look like Klan members’ hats; an elephant’s junk you could hit a home run with; a smattering of leathery human genitalia donated by their formerly very proud owners. Some exhibits are free-standing; some … Continue reading DOES YOUR DICK REALLY HAVE A MIND OF ITS OWN?
GARY HERSHORN / GETTY Having children makes people happier—if they can afford it. by JOE PINSKER For several decades, the work of happiness researchers has consistently pointed to an unintuitive conclusion: Having children doesn’t tend to make people happier, and might even make them less happy.“That never made any sense [to me],” says David Blanchflower, an economist at Dartmouth College. If having kids makes people less happy, why do so many people do it? Why would people have more than one child after the supposed misery brought by their first? And most puzzlingly of all, why would evolution produce a … Continue reading It Isn’t the Kids. It’s the Cost of Raising Them.
“The Coconut Monk” by Richard Avedon | © The Richard Avedon Foundation A former soldier documents wartime Vietnam on an eccentric yogi’s Buddhist island. By John Steinbeck IV When John Steinbeck IV, the son of the iconic American author, died suddenly in 1991, he was roughly midway through writing his autobiography. His wife, Nancy, took up the task of finishing it, though it would be more accurate to say that she both filled it out and completed it with her own singular perspective. The following article, a wonderful telling of John’s encounters with the Buddhist leader of the title during his … Continue reading The Coconut Monk
by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) Do you have amalgam (mercury-based) cavity fillings in your mouth? If so, the radiation released from your mobile phone, smart meter, wi-fi router, and pretty much every other source of electromagnetic pollution could be causing more of that mercury than normal to be released into your body. New research has revealed that electromagnetic frequencies (EMF), which absolutely saturate our modern world, directly interact with amalgam fillings and cause their mercury content to basically come loose. This mercury is then absorbed into bodily tissue and the bloodstream, where it has the potential to cause systemic neurotoxicity. Other … Continue reading Deadly link: Cell phone radiation and dental amalgams may be damaging your health
by Brian VanHooker Where we’re going, we don’t need… pajamas “What, did you sleep in your clothes again last night?” Marty McFly’s older brother asks him when Marty wakes in the new-and-improved 1985 at the end of Back to the Future. It’s clear from his brother’s inflection that this isn’t an acceptable behavior, but conventional wisdom — and scorn from a forgettable character in the greatest film of all time — aren’t enough for me. I want to know why this is unacceptable: If my lazy ass wants to pass out in my jeans, I feel I should be allowed to do so without societal … Continue reading WHY CAN’T WE JUST SLEEP IN OUR CLOTHES?
Image: João Jesus (Pexels) by Aimée Lutkin There are certain negative thoughts we have about ourselves that we replay over and over. If you’re trying to break the habit of thinking terrible stuff about yourself, here’s a helpful hint: cancel that thought. This relates to a recent post on /r/LifeProTips, shared by u/Falcia, who wants everyone to stop shit-talking themselves all the time. In fact, if you do say something bad in your mind or out loud, say two nice things as a follow-up: Every time you say one thing about yourself that you don’t like, accompany it with saying two things that … Continue reading When You Have a Negative Thought About Yourself, Cancel It
By Janet Singer An interesting study published in the journal Emotion this month examines different types of secrets and how we feel about them. In particular, the researchers concentrated on secrets based on feeling shame as well as those rooted in guilt. Michael Slepian, PhD, of Columbia University was the lead author of the study and clarified the differencebetween shame and guilt, the two most studied self-conscious emotions. While basic emotions such as anger and fear refer to something outside of oneself, guilt and shame focus directly on the self. Feelings that correlate with shame about a secret include feeling worthless, small and/or powerless. … Continue reading Secrets, Shame & Mental Health
If male serial killers “hunt” their victims, what do female serial killers do? By Hanna Kozlowska Serial killers are loners who stalk strangers at night to later snatch, torture, and sexually assault them before finishing the deed. They have terrifying nicknames, like “Jack the Ripper” or “BTK” for “Bind, Torture, Kill.” So goes the narrative of the archetypal monster our society loves to dissect and analyze in TV shows, books, and podcasts. And, generally speaking, statistical evidence supports that stereotype—but only for men. Consider “Jolly” Jane Toppan, a young nurse who lived in the northeastern US in the second half of … Continue reading The differences between male and female serial killers
Photo: Getty Images/PeopleImages by JENNA BIRCH People don’t usually decide to break up with their partners suddenly. I mean, let’s be real: It’s rare for the state of a relationship to go from wonderful to terrible overnight. Usually, the decision sort of creeps up on you. And depending on your unique list of priorities, you might have your own unique reasons for needing to leave a partnership. Your Myers-Briggs personality type can both illuminate your needs in a relationship and also which qualities are absolutely not negotiable—whether that’s control or trust or something else entirely. So, what exactly is your breaking … Continue reading HOW TO KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO BREAK UP, BASED ON YOUR MYERS-BRIGGS PERSONALITY TYPE
Victor Habbick Visions / Getty The brain isn’t literally a muscle, but its function can be positively and negatively affected by the behaviors we engage in every day. Unlike a bicep or a quadricep, we can’t see or feel when our brain is turning into mush through either disuse or misuse. Instead, any atrophy will instead make itself known when we’re struggling to remember a very common word, getting hopelessly lost in a part of town we’re intimately familiar with, or being driven to tears trying to figure out how to set up a personal hotspot. That last one happened … Continue reading 5 Things That Could Help Your Brain Work Better