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MADISON, Wis. — On the list of things to do at a bachelor or bachelorette party, pedaling a bicycle-like device probably doesn’t often come up.
But for a group of women pedaling through a campus bar district here to the sounds of 1990s pop music one recent Friday night, pedaling a quadracycle was a hoot.
“It’s like being in a parade,” said Jen Johnson, part of a bachelorette party that rented the quadracycle, a pedal-powered tavern, to bar hop in Madison. Johnson’s group honked horns and waved at amused pedestrians as they ambled down the road.
“We’re smiling, they are smiling,” she said.
Within the last few years, human-powered taverns have become fixtures in more than two-dozen U.S. cities, including San Diego; Nashville; Houston; Flagstaff, Ariz.; and Minneapolis.
The bikes represent new downtown attractions, as well as new regulatory challenges for city and state officials who never anticipated such a device rolling down the street.
In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks – all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or “Crooked Forest,” is a mystery.
The tress are believed to have been planted around 1930. It is also believed that the bending was caused by some form of human intervention, most likely by some tool or machine. But nobody actually knows for sure how it was done and what the motive behind it was.
Location: Outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland.
Do men like you naked? We ask panel to rate brave girls in photoshoot
They dared to bare – and be judged on their look – and talked openly about their bodies.
We then got four judges – celebrity doctor Hilary Jones, of online clinic Health Express; Martin Daubney, ex-editor of men’s mag Loaded; psychologist Kate Nightingale; and Wheatley and Sons Ltd builder Luke Midwinter – to cast a critical eye over our brave lasses.
The panel told DIANA APPLEYARD and CHRISTINA EARLE their verdicts.
So for all those fretting about flabby stomachs – and the four in ten who feel too embarrassed even for their own partner to see them in the buff – read on for an insight into what blokes really think.
EVENTS worker Gurj London, 26, lives in Middlesex and is single. She’s 5ft 6in, a dress size 14, bra 34HH. She says:
“MY breasts tend to provoke a mixed reaction in men. Some men say, ‘Wow!’ Others can find them intimidating because they are so large.
“I also have a few wobbly bits but I’ve learned to accept my curves and feel happy about them – anyway men prefer curvy girls.
“I’d like to tone up my tummy and thighs but I love food so much. I’m a vegetarian, love spicy curries and have a sweet tooth.
“I try to go to the gym two or three times a week but I’ve realised this is my build.
“I try not to be self-conscious about my size and dress to enhance my figure instead of trying to hide it. I get lots of compliments.”
Dr Hilary says: Gurj’s bigger bust makes her waist look slimmer.
She has feminine curves and a lovely, happy face which says she is proud of her sexy body and likes to show it off.
Martin: You could get lost in those boobs, and many men would like to – ideally for days.
If she lost weight, she’d lose it from all the wrong places. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Kate: Gurj has especially lovely round hips which we know are a sign of fertility and considered very attractive.
Luke: I think she could lose some weight but she also seems very confident within her own skin – which is attractive to a man.
We don’t like women who constantly moan about the size of their thighs or bum because, in all honesty, we don’t care that much.
PERSONAL trainer Joanna Chamberlain, 53, lives with husband Patrick, 55, a business analyst, in Caterham, Surrey. They have children Oliver, 28, and Laura, 26. Joanna is 5ft 8in, a dress size: 8/10, bra 34C. She says:
“Five years ago I lost a lot of weight – I had weighed nearly 15st – and since then I have become far more confident about my naked body.
“But I still have floppy skin on my stomach and I’d love to change that. I’ve been overweight nearly all my life so I have always been very self-conscious about my naked body. I lost weight to get married but then piled on the pounds when I had children.
“Five years ago I cut out rubbish from my diet and started to exercise. I got so into exercise that I took a personal training course. I used to be an estate agent, so my new shape has given me a new career too.
“I now think I look pretty good for my age, apart from my tummy.”
Dr Hilary says: Jo looks to me as if she has had children and breast-fed. Her stomach and breasts show this but she also looks as if she takes very good care of herself and exercises.
Martin: She must have been stunning when she was younger because she still is now. She has a body that wears its journey with pride.
Kate: Great body in general. You can see that she keeps active. She is a lovely example of how beautiful older ladies actually are.
Luke: This lady is very attractive for her age. She’s too old for me, without being rude, but I can see that she looks after herself and is in great shape for someone over 50.
EVENTS organiser Claudia Kirlew, 42, lives in Enfield, north London. She’s 5ft 2in, a dress size 16, bra 34HH. She says:
“The first thing people notice about me is my chest. It’s no surprise, really, as I do have really big boobs.
“I am confident with my appearance but that’s come with age. I was much larger in my 20s. But I’ve made a few lifestyle and diet choices that have made me healthier.
“My dietary pitfalls are carbs, although I do limit myself to carbs in just two meals a day and rarely snack.
“I am blessed with good skin and have never suffered with spots or dryness. The only thing I’d change about myself is my belly. It’s too meaty and spills over the top of my jeans. ”
Dr Hilary says: She has fabulous bone structure in her face and her smile says, ‘I am proud of my body’. There is no doubt she is overweight but it is well distributed around her body. I would not be worried about her health.
Martin: A confident bigger lady is always more attractive than a timid stick insect. Claudia scores highly here because she looks a right laugh. You know you could have fun with her.
Kate: Amazing, full, rich body. Lovely, big breasts, shapely bottom and great legs. She has a beautiful face and healthy skin and hair.
Luke: This may surprise some people but, out of all the women, this is the girl for me. She has the loveliest smile – very cheeky and inviting.
She does probably need to lose weight on her stomach and thighs but that doesn’t turn me off at all.
SINGLE mum Susan Sangster, 32, from Bedfordshire, has sons Luke, 11, and three-year-old Jake-Duke. She’s 5ft 8in, size 8, and bra 34C. She says:
“I do take care of my body and I run in at least six races a year, of 5k and 10k.
“On the whole I like my body, but after giving birth to my second son I have stretch marks on my hips, which I hate, and I’d like my chest to increase to a 34D.
“I’d also like my bum to be a bit smaller.
“I’m rather insecure about showing my body to a man because I am very conscious of the passage of time.
Looking at my body objectively, I would say I look pretty good for my age and for someone who’s had two children.”
Dr Hilary says: She has little fat and a very slim torso with no saggy skin. She looks like she exercises a lot. She has excellent muscle definition, good curves and looks very feminine.
Martin: With that determined look, Susan challenges you to say no to her. Then the eyes moves down to her lovely strong, athletic neck and collarbone, then her pert boobs, and we are already thinking unholy thoughts.
Kate: Really great body, very vibrant and healthy-looking skin. A push-up bra would be good, and clothes accentuating her bottom as it is really well shaped.
Luke: She clearly looks after herself and looks very fit and healthy. She has a nice smile, though, and lovely, twinkling eyes.
DANCER Charlotte Hammond, 27, runs a dance troupe and is a single mum to Milo, three. They live in Windsor, Berks. She is 5ft 11in, a dress size 8/10, bra 34C. She says:
“Growing up, I had all kinds of hang-ups about my body, primarily my breasts – I just didn’t have any, and as a teenager it was a nightmare.
“I used to be a 34AA, and when I was 22 I had a boob job. I’d like to be even more curvy, maybe a 34D.
“People say that I am “model slim” but I feel I am too tall and skinny. My breast operation cost less than £4,000 and, looking back now, I think I was too young and rushed into it.
“I am one of those lucky people who can eat what she wants and never put on weight and while I feel quite insecure about my body, men seem to like my figure. If I could change anything, I’d make myself more curvy, without being fat.”
Dr Hilary says: Charlotte is slim but not too slim. There is no muscle wastage here and she eats healthily. Her muscle tone is very good.
Martin: Toned, slender as a willow, boasting ravishing elfin features and porcelain skin, Charlotte looks like a goddess from a fairytale.
There is something timelessly mesmerising about her jet black hair and icy blue eyes.
Kate: Her skin is healthy. Her hips are not that big so a bit of peplum could help.
She has lovely, slim legs so could show them off by wearing skirts and dresses.
Luke: Charlotte has a very slim, nice body. She looks like a supermodel. But for me she is too pale and skinny. I do love her stomach ring.
STUDENT Shareena Akoto, 22, from Wembley, north London, is on a stage-acting and media degree and works part-time in retail. She’s 5ft 8in, a dress size 12/14, bra 36C. She says:
“I am quite confident in my own skin. I’m blessed to have perky boobs, a glowing complexion and feminine bottom.I’d love to be able to wear jeans without worrying about my muffin top, or short skirts without opaque tights.
“Fortunately, dancing forms a large part of my degree and helps keep me in shape.
“I have a four-centimetre birth mark on my tummy. I was always self-conscious about it but I’ve learned to accept it’s a part of me.
“Although I don’t eat loads of junk, I have a tendency to skip meals or eat late.”
Dr Hilary says: Her health shines in her lovely, glossy hair and she has no lines anywhere on her skin. Her body is on the larger side but in proportion. I would imagine she has no health problems and this shows in her skin.
Martin: If I died and went to heaven, girls like Shareena would be serving cocktails at the beach bar. She exudes confidence and her arched eyebrows scream fun.
The white on her tummy gives individuality and is something I’d use if chatting her up.
Kate: Amazing body, with full breasts, round hips and just a few extra inches on the belly which can be easily masked.
Luke: She has a pretty face but her breasts don’t match her body. Her tummy is rounded and she has great thighs, which are sexy, but she doesn’t have Claudia’s cheeky look.
Huge numbers of people on Earth are keen to leave the planet forever and seek a new life homesteading on Mars.
About 78,000 people have applied to become Red Planet colonists with the nonprofit organization Mars One since its application process opened on April 22, officials announced Tuesday. Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, with more astronauts arriving every two years thereafter.
“With 78,000 applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” Mars One Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. “These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.” [Mars One’s Red Planet Colony Project (Gallery)
Mars One estimates that landing four settlers on Mars in 2023 will cost about $6 billion. The Netherlands-based organization plans to pay most of the bills by staging a global reality-TV event, with cameras documenting all phases of the mission from astronaut selection to the colonists’ first years on the Red Planet.
The application process extends until Aug. 31. Anyone at least 18 years of age can apply by submitting to the Mars One website a 1-minute video explaining his or her motivation to become a Red Planet settler. (You can also watch other applicants’ videos at the site.)
Mars One charges an application fee, which ranges from $5 to $75 depending on the wealth of the applicant’s home country. United States citizens pay $38, Lansdorp said.
When the application process closes, reviewers will pick 50 to 100 candidates from each of the 300 regions around the world that Mars One has identified. By 2015, this pool will be whittled down to a total of 28 to 40 candidates, officials said.
This core group will be split into groups of four, which will train for their one-way Mars mission for about seven years. Finally, an audience vote will pick one of these groups to be humanity’s first visitors to the Red Planet.
So far, Mars One has received applications from more than 120 countries, officials said. The United States leads the way with 17,324, followed by China (10,241) and the United Kingdom (3,581). Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India round out the top 10.
“Mars One is a mission representing all humanity, and its true spirit will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented,” Lansdorp said. “I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening.”
The announcement of Mars One’s application flood comes in the middle of a big week for manned Mars exploration. Scientists, engineers, NASA officials and a range of other Red Planet exploration advocates are currently meeting in Washington, D.C., for the Humans 2 Mars summit, which runs through Wednesday.
And Tuesday, famed Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin released his new book, “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration” (National Geographic Books), which was written with veteran space reporter (and Space.com columnist) Leonard David.
The aptly named PolyPants have a higher, more secure waistband to protect the wearer’s modesty.
It comes as the company, which manufactures Polyfilla, has commissioned research revealing that 55% of British adults admit to accidentally showing their bums in public.
From those surveyed, 61% of men admitted to offending compared to 47% of the women.
The study shows that builders are perceived as the biggest culprits when it comes to accidentally exposing their derrieres.
But young people with baggy trousers came in a close second followed by ladies wearing low-rise skinny jeans.
The average Brit is apparently exposed to a backside more than three times a week and 24%)of us are disgusted by the sight, compared to 18% who just find it irritating.
Two thirds of Brits claimed they would feel embarrassed if they unwittingly committed the offence , with women (79%) feeling more embarrassed than men (52%).
However, a small percentage of over 55′s (7%) admitted they actually felt ‘cool’ when they showed off their bums.
Polycell Senior Brand Manager Samantha Balloch says: “Polycell is campaigning to rid the nation of unsightly cracks.
“It’s not fair that exposed bumcracks are often referred to as a ‘builder’s bum’ when there are many more offenders.”
When she’s not busy participating in hyper-colorful Japanese environmental TV shows or lodged in an East London office brainstorming on the future of the future, 32-year-old Ai Hasegawa’s concerns are no different than those of any woman her age: the relentless tick-tick-ticking of her biological clock.
Another thing she’s into is eating cute little animals. Yet pesky environmentalist ethics make indulging in her passion for dolphin flesh a heart-breaking no-no.
Torn between her need to give life and her concern for the uncertain fate of tasty endangered species, Ai Hasegawa has found a way of merging both: by giving birth to these animals herself. Being skeptical, I called to ask her if there was the slightest chance this idea could ever reach European shores, like dancing robots, 3D glasses, and all the other weird shit that Japanese nerds have been pumping out into the world for the last half a century.
VICE : Hello Ai. Where did this idea of giving birth to sharks come from? Ai Hasegawa: I’m 32. It’s a good age for a woman to think about giving life. But having a real child isn’t that simple. You have to give them a happy life. You can’t abandon them. I think simply wanting a baby isn’t a good enough reason to have one.
Well, it’s a good start. We’re soon going to be facing a global food shortage crisis. How on earth are we going to feed new humans? But I still want to give life, I don’t want 30 years of painful menstruation to have all been in vain. And I want to eat good meat.
Is Carrying the fetus of another species technically even possible? It will be, in the near future. A human uterus is just the right size to hold one fetus. I’ve been speaking to a gynaecologist about ways of making it bigger. I believe humans could use their uterus as an aquarium or incubator.
Wouldn’t there be compatibility issues between a human placenta and a shark’s? The placenta comes from the fetus, not the mother, meaning there’s no need to modify human DNA. I’ve been assured that it should be possible to create “dolph-human” or “shark-human” placentas just by modifying the animal’s DNA. I’m still doing the research, but sharks seem to be the most compatible. And as a species, sharks fit all my criteria: They’re endangered, their life-span is almost as long as that of a human, and most importantly, they’re delicious.
Do you think women will accept carrying animal fetuses? Carrying a shark fetus inside your uterus means you have to stop menstruating. But the medication for that has very unpleasant side-effects. I think the ideal carrier profile would be a rich, single, and above all menopausal woman.
And what are the advantages of doing this? We don’t need any more humans, there are too many already as it is. Mostly, it’s a way of preserving endangered species.
And it would be a new way of producing food. Because you could eat the shark baby after it came out. Which is a totally logical thing to do. Exactly! And you would no longer feel the guilt of eating another animal. It’s also less costly than raising a human, and there are fewer responsibilities. I find it less terrifying than adopting a child you might end up not loving.
Which animal would be the most dangerous to carry? The elephant, because of its size.
OK, and the coolest? The simplest would be the chimpanzee, because its DNA is the closest to ours. But I’m not interested in chimps, because I don’t eat monkey. Personally, I’d love to give birth to a Maui dolphin. They’re super cute and smart, we could easily communicate, and they’re very loveable. It would be great to swim with them out at sea. Besides, I love a good piece of dolphin meat on my plate, but every time I feel bad for eating an endangered animal.
Ah. I thought you’d choose a shark. I love sharks, too. They’re almost as intelligent as dolphins. My favorite kind of shark is the zebra shark. They’re sort of roundish and have the cutest little faces—kind of like a puppy!
Would people actually agree to eat meat that came out of a woman’s insides, do you think? Yes. After all, there are some animals who eat their own babies. And we do eat veal, which comes from inside a cow. We even kill people, not even for food, and they too come out of somebody’s womb. I really don’t see the problem.
Do you think these animals will taste better? I think you’d have to let them back into the wild for some time in order for them to taste just like the ones we’re used to.
That makes sense. Would you eat a dolphin you’ve given birth to? I would once it’s dead. Ideally, I’d be able to track its whereabouts with a GPS. And once it’s sold on the markets, I’d buy it and eat it. That way I would have it back inside my body one last time.
You certainly seem to have thought it through. Thanks, Ai!
No need for the double latte down the street: That caffeine could be administered through a patch while you’re polishing those pearlies.
According to the patent application, “The present invention pertains to an oral care implement generally, and more particularly to a toothbrush that releases a chemical into the mouth during use.”
Other uses, aside from a nice boost of caffeine, include a delivery system for drugs, for weight loss or pain, for example.
The toothbrush could also be packed with a dollop of flavor, like berry, green apple, or lemon. Or it could provide an easily administered herbal remedy, such as lavender or chamomile.
The patch would attach to the head of the toothbrush, and a dose of the elixir would be introduced during brushing. The patch would last three months, according to the Daily Mail.
But having a toothbrush that does more than brush your teeth comes with risks: If you haven’t had your caffeine, you could make the mistake of picking up the brush with the chile pepper pack instead–yet another flavor suggested for the toothbrush invention.
“A chemical known as capsaicin, found naturally in chile peppers, can be used to provide a tingle,” suggests the patent application.
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“I got an order that I gotta take the bras down, they’re a fire hazard,” said the bar’s owner, Marcy Skowronski.
87-year-old Skowronski remembers when the tradition started.
“About 45 years ago all the girls got together and we were drinking so we decided to take our bras off and hang them up,” recalls Skowronski.
The hanging bras, as well as boxer shorts, became the bar’s signature.
In April, Skowronski was told the dangling undergarments were violating fire codes. She was served an order to take them down.
“You know, I got a retired chief of police that comes in here and he was on an arson squad and he says ‘I never heard of a fire starting with a bra,’” said Skowronski.
“Quite frankly, I think the city is overreaching on this whole thing,” said Alderman Bob Donovan.
Donovan made several calls to the Department of Neighborhood Services asking them to reverse the order.
“I know Marcy is probably one of the best operators in my district,” said Donovan.
On Thursday, May 16th, the city dismissed the order, allowing the bras and boxers to go back up.
“Put the bras back up, well that’s great!” said Skowronski. “We’re gonna have a party for that and call the girls!”
The Department of Neighborhood Services tells FOX6 that upon further review, the order was wrong. Based on the size of the bar and the location of its exit, the undergarments are not a fire hazard.
In a statement, the department explains they initially thought the hanging bras would make it easier for flames to spread from wall coverings and other wall decorations.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Would-be kidnapper David Jesus Hernandez is in custody after a New Mexico mother, alerted by a group of teenagers that he’d just taken her 4-year-old daughter, chased the man down, ramming his vehicle with her own.
The woman, who wasn’t identified, apparently didn’t know that the 31-year-old kidnapper had shoved the girl out of the car before the chase began.
“Albuquerque police Chief Ray Schultz said neighbors began yelling, which is what made the suspect push the child out of his car,” KOAT TV reported.
KQRE reported that the mother was in contact with Albuquerque police during the hot-civilian-pursuit, which started shortly after six p.m. on Indian School Rd, near the family’s apartment.
The chase lasted all the way through the North Valley and finished in the Southeast Heights, when the feisty mom went all Grand-Child-Theft-Auto on Hernandez, and slammed her car into his. Hernandez abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.
Police launched a manhunt which included more than two dozen officers going door-to-door in efforts to locate Hernandez, as well as a helicopter equipped with heat-seeking capabilities. They caught up with Hernandez, who’d run off to a nearby apartment complex, on Thursday, according to police reports.
A spokesperson for the Albuquerque police said that the mother was not injured in the crash. Her daughter was also uninjured.
Detectives are now investigating a possible connection to an earlier case in which a man in a silver or gray vehicle abducted and sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl from the same apartment complex.
David Jesus Hernandez has been charged with kidnapping and was being held by police. No bond has yet been set.