Trainee vets pose naked with animals for fundraising calendar

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Veterinary students in Australia desperate for cash to pay their graduation ball next year have posed naked with animals for a fundraising calendar.

The trainee vets at James Cook University bear-ed all in the photo shoot, which featured horses, dogs, bison, baby guinea pigs, a macaw and a blue-tongued lizard.

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Organisers Angela Davey and Sylvia Wood came upon the idea after working on placement with a vet from Massey University in New Zealand, which has a tradition of publishing Barely There nude calendars.

“We told the class how much money we could potentially make and I think that was when everyone realised that it was actually a serious fundraising venture and not a joke,” said Davey.

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Wood revealed that the animal antics did not go unnoticed out in the real world as passers-by saw the students being photographed as nature intended.

“People kept tooting on their way past because we were only 200m from the road and I guess they thought it was hilarious to see around 30 people standing naked in a field with horses,” she said.

“Once everyone got over the ‘should I look, can I look, maybe I shouldn’t look’ stage, it was just lots of fun.”

Model With Very Large, Fake Breasts Wants Another Enlargement

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Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

n-SARAH-MARIE-SUMMER-largeSarah Marie Summer, a model with a bra size of “8M,” is believed to hold the distinction of having Australia’s largest (fake) breasts. But she says she wants to go even bigger.

“I want to look silly and I want to be huge,” she told Australia’s Women’s Day. “They make people smile and that makes me happy, so that can’t be a bad thing.”

The 23-year-old says she was 17 when she had the first of her three breast enlargements, and has claimed she is “addicted to boob jobs.” She said she has gone up 18 bra sizes.

The Mirror calculated that her oversize implants weigh almost 12 pounds.

The Latest Weapon In The Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance Lives In The Vagina

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Researchers have traveled to the ends of the earth in search of exotic microorganisms that can produce the medicine we need to live and thrive. But as a new study points out, we may have overlooked an extremely rich source of drugs that was right under our noses: bacteria in and on the human body.

Scientists from University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy have pinpointed a vaginal bacterium that naturally plays a role in the organ’s defense, isolated and amplified its defense capabilities, and created an antibiotic that can kill harmful pathogens while sparing the bacteria that are an important part of the vagina’s bacterial environment.

“We used to think that drugs were discovered by drug companies and approved by the FDA and then prescribed by a physician, and then they get to you,” lead researcher and biologist Michael Fischbach, Ph.D. told The Huffington Post. “What this finding shows is that bacteria that live on and inside of us are mounting an end run around the process.”

The vaginal bacterium Lactobacillus gasseri was the basis of an antibiotic called lactocillin that can kill the pathogens that cause vaginal infections, but without wiping out the bacteria that coexist peacefully with the organ. Traditional antibiotics can have a scorched earth effect, wiping out all bacteria — even the good kinds — which can lead to more problemsdown the road.

But beyond the immediate implication (a possible new drug for vaginal infections), the methods used to find the bacteria could upend the way we approach pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, argues Fischbach.

A microbiome of over 100 trillion bacteria lives on and in each one of us, and most of them are either benign or even helpful. Fischbach’s research is some of the first to search for drug-producing bacteria within the human microbiome.

“It’s very early days and we don’t know all the implications yet, but it looks like gut, skin and oral bacteria are better chemists than we thought, and are capable of making many more molecules that resemble drugs than had previously been realized,” said Fischbach. “This may be a great way of learning just how helpful bacteria help us.”

Graphical_abstract_v2Fischbach’s team identified more than 3,000 clusters of bacterial genes on humans that can make drug-like molecules.

To isolate the Lactobacillus gasseri’s special drug-producing powers, Fischbach used a computer algorithm to look through the genome sequences of bacteria collected as part of the NIH Human Microbiome Project, an ongoing, multi-center effort to genetically map out the bacteria that live in the human body. He was looking to see if he could spot drug-producing genes that were especially common. Although Fischbach isolated bacteria from inside the vagina, he is hopeful that the technology could benefit men as well.

“We think they still have bacteria producing the same drug, but it’s just a different bacterial species that lives in the mouth and has not yet been isolated,” explained Fischbach.

The need for new antibiotics is urgent; it’s estimated that at least two million people in the U.S. become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which results in 23,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The growing antibiotic-resistant threat is what makes Dr. Vincent Young, M.D., Ph.D., so excited about the implications of Fischbach’s research. As both an associate professor and an infectious disease physician at University of Michigan’s Medical School department of internal medicine, Young regularly encounters patients that show up at the hospital with multi-drug resistant infections.

“We almost have nothing to treat these patients,” said Young in a phone interview with the Huffington Post. “This is a new way of doing drug discovery.”

More broadly, Young called Fischbach’s study a “technical tour de force” that stands out among other papers on the microbiome for the way he used what was already known about our bacteria (their genetic sequences), turned it into a new medicine and then analyzed the way it interacted with the rest of the bacterial community in the vagina.

“It really points the way on how microbiome research will move in the future,” concluded Young.

Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D., director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome research at Baylor University, echoed Young’s praise for Fischbach’s methodology. Petrosino wasn’t involved with Fischbach’s research, but praised the study for providing insight on just how crucial our good bacteria is for overall health.

“This research demonstrates directly how the microbiome can convey protection against pathogens that are a constant threat to human health,” wrote Petrosino in an email to HuffPost.

The study was published in the Sept. 11, 2014 issue of the journal Cell.

Women Get Really Excited On Amusement Park Ride (VIDEO)

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Roller coasters can be a blast, as can Tilt-A-Whirls, but few amusement park attractions offer the thrills and chills of a reverse bungee jump ride called the Slingshot.

For women anyway.

At least, based on viral videos that show women reacting to the sensation of the ride.

For your enjoyment, WTFark.com has collected some of the most thrilling clips in the video above.

Good news guys …. Women prefer men with big bellies

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A new study says women prefer men with big bellies.

Three out of four women say they’d rather have a man with love handles than a six pack. Almost 100 percent of the women surveyed said men with beer bellies have better personalities than those with a good body.

They also say guys in shape prioritize the gym over spending quality time with their significant others.

Confused Little Girl Thinks Her Mom Ate a Baby to Become Pregnant

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If you grew up in the 90′s, you are probably familiar with the hit television show America’s Funniest Home Videos, ABC’s longest running primetime television show.

The show could always guarantee some good belly laughs no matter what kind of mood you were in.

In the video above, watch as this adorably confused little girl asks her mother if she had to eat the baby to become pregnant. Well, it definitely wasn’t a stork, sweetheart.

Needless to say, it’s hilarious.

‘Boob Aid’ Japanese Charity Breast Squeeze Is Pretty NSFW

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Pair porn stars with charity work and it’ll turn heads. Make it interactive, and it’ll raise more than eyebrows.

Stop!AIDS, a charity in Japan which raises awareness of HIV and AIDS, holds a yearly event that puts Japanese porn stars in touch with their fans. But it’s not a standard meet-and-greet. In exchange for a donation, participants can give the actresses a little squeeze.

The name of the live-streamed event, which ran for 24 hours on Aug. 30, translates loosely to “Boob Aid.” Needless to say, images from the event contain nudity.

HIV and AIDS affects millions of people worldwide, including at least 2.1 million adolescents in 2012. Visit UNICEF to make a donation to help children living with AIDS.

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