Naked reality: TV show strips contestants of their belongings and makes them STREAK to win them back

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A bizarre new reality TV show in Denmark has revealed the naked truth about people’s consumer lifestyles – by making its stars walk the streets in the buff.

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The show – appropriately named Undressed – claims to strip away all the participants’ defences by making them live stark naked in an empty apartment, which seems logical.

Four contestants each move into a separate flat in Copenhagen with absolutely nothing – but can get one of their possessions back each day by dashing in the nude to a storage box near their apartment.

Participant Katerina Grube – a 23-year-old student – says she never normally leaves the house without at least an hour checking her make-up and blonde hair extensions and spends thousands each month on clothes.

She explained: “I hoped that the experience would help me reduce my addiction to things I don’t really need. I can’t do a thing without checking my iPad or doing my make up.

“I thought maybe I could realise that I’m beautiful without 70 layers of stuff.”

The 30 day experiment shows filming from inside the apartments and covert footage of the nude stars dashing through the streets trying to avoid being seen.

Katerina said: “You somehow feel free, but also very exposed. I told myself that I might just as well enjoy it, because it would be a once in a lifetime experience but it turned out to be a real emotional rollercoaster.”

She added: “To start with you have nothing – not a stitch, no furniture, nothing at all – and you can earn one thing at a time by getting to the bin. It could be a credit card, it could be a pair of knickers, anything.

“It has been a liberating experience. Everybody should take a closer look at themselves and figure out who they really are underneath all those layers of stuff.”

The debut show aired to record viewing figures on Denmark’s state DB3 channel.

But the show’s creative director Irene Stroeyer insisted it had been its moral message that had grabbed viewers’ attention – not scenes of girls in the nude.

She said: “The aim of the experiment was to trigger a more acute awareness about consumerist behaviour.

“It’s very extreme of course to hand over everything you own. The aim is to make both the participants and the viewers think about what they can actually make do without – what’s useless and what’s important.”

Only in Japan – The LED-Illuminated Upskirt Skirt

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Japanese designer Kiyoyuki Amano has combined fashion and technology to create futuristic short skirts that illuminate the wearer’s thighs. Aptly named ‘Hikaru Skirt’, which means ‘Shining Skirt’, the garment comes equipped with LED lights and the miniature gyro sensors on the inside. So the skirt lights up, and the color and pattern of the light changes every time the wearer moves.

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Amano said that he first placed light bulbs inside a skirt on a whim, and that’s when he noticed that it created a pleasant illumination of the thighs. So he worked on the design some more and soon created a whole line of LED-illuminated minis. The Hikaru skirts, he said, are meant to bridge the gap between everyday fashion and cosplay.

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

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Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably lousy time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and now it looks like chemical pollutants released into the atmosphere over previous decades are causing polar bears to experience weakness or even breakage in the most sensitive of bones. As one might imagine, this doesn’t bode especially well for the continued re-population of the species.

polar-bear-penis-bone-pollutants-3-537x358So, first things first: penis bone? Yes, some mammals (though not humans, in case you were wondering) have bones in their penises. No one is entirely sure what they’re there for: as New Scientist explains, it “could be just a by-product of evolution, or it may help support the penis or stimulate the female during mating.” Regardless of its purpose, one thing’s for certain; if a male polar bear experiences weakening or fracturing of the penile bone, they’re going to have a tougher time procreating.

A team at Aarhus University, Denmark lead by Christian Sonne, found that a certain class of pollutants, organohalogens, when present a high levels, caused polar bears to have smaller testes and a smaller penis bone. Bad enough, but then they began to look at a specific class of organohalogens—polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—and found that these chemicals can cause the penis bone to be less dense.

After 80 years of inclusion in paint and rubber products, PCBs were banned by a UN treaty in 2001. But the pollutants are slow to break down, and concentrate at higher levels in the cold, polar air. This leaves polar bears prone to far greater exposure to PCBs, which are a form of Endocrine Disruptor (EDC). They are recognized as a carcinogen in animals and most likely also in humans.

Sonne’s team collaborated with researchers to gather and examine the penile bones of 279 polar bears from eight subpopulations born between 1990 and 2000. What they found was that polar bears in Canada had a larger and more dense penile bone, while polar bears that had greater exposure to PCBs had smaller and less dense penile bones; the North East Greenland subpopulation was found to be at the highest risk of having negative health effects.

Which is genuinely troubling news for the polar bears of North East Greenland, and others exposed to high levels of PCBs. These subpopulations may encounter difficulty reproducing in what is already an increasingly inhospitable environment. As Sonne explained to New Scientist, while we may not know what the penis bone is for, “if it breaks, you probably won’t have a bear which can copulate.”

Brazilian women stage topless protest – for the right to sunbathe topless

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Women in Brazil staged a topless protest – to fight for the right to go topless.

1As well as turning heads, the group hoped to turn attention to a Brazilian law which prohibits women from going topless at the beach as well as highlight cultural issues surrounding the freedom of women’s bodies.

In a city where little more than a thong bikini is seen as modest and old fashioned, a woman showing few centimetres more skin in shedding her bikini at the beach is treated as a scandalous act of promiscuity that attracts unpleasant attention.

2In bearing her breasts to the bank-holiday Rio crowds, campaign organiser, Ana Paula Nogueira, hoped to encourage people to see the act of going topless as something pure and natural.

“We believe that this is something that is going to take a while. It is something cultural, it will take a while to change, but there is no point in us sitting there doing nothing.

3“So we try to make it playful, involve people so that this is received in a natural way and not seen as a protest,” Nogueira told Reuters TV on Tuesday.

The campaigners celebrated the growing support for the movement, with a number of men and women taking part.

“This is a space for everyone to share, to be happy,” said topless campaigner Barbara Calmo.

“So come with us and take it off and participate in the topless movement. In Brazil there is a law which prohibits going topless at the beach, whilst in other countries lots of people are free to take off their tops,” Calmo continued.

Mother Outraged Over ‘Satanic’ Lights On School Bus

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A Tennessee parent is upset after she says she saw a “satanic” pentagram on a school bus.

The mom told WMC she snapped a photo of the brake light on a Durham School Services bus in Cordova.

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“Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” said the mother, who was not identified because she is reportedly receiving death threats after sharing the photo on social media.

The mother says it’s appalling the brake lights are shaped like a pentagram.

“If you can’t put a cross on there, you can’t put a pentagram on it,” she said.

The woman pointed to Walgreen’s decision last year to remove wrapping paper from its shelves because images on the paper appeared to be those of swastikas.

“Would we allow a swastika, for instance, to be on the back of the bus?” said the mother.

One woman, who identified herself as a practicing Wiccan, looked at the photo and said it did look like a pentagram. But she says the symbol is the same for her faith as the cross is for Christians.

“Wiccans… we believe in God, we believe in Jesus, but we don’t call him God,” said Jo Applewhite. “Find out what it really means before you start getting riled up and all worked up about something.”

Applewhite says people may be making a fuss over nothing.

“Go find out if it was intentional,” she said.

School district officials have not publicly commented on the school bus lights.

Seen on the Fashion Runway: Giant, Dangling Butt Plugs

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1Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck tends to make political statements in his runway shows: Last year, he showed feathered headdresses that said “Stop Racism,” and his most recent collection — which debuted yesterday in Paris — offered a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks and a commentary on artistic censorship. But it also featured a surprisingly effective statement-making accessory: an enormous butt-plug lapel pin.

2The pink, white, orange, and yellow butt plugs were fashioned into necklaces and lapel pins, and served as a sly defense of Paul McCarthy’s controversial giant butt-plug sculpture that was vandalized in Paris last year — a political statement and the must-have accessory for that Beirendonck-a-donk.

Frenchman creates Valentine’s Day fart pills

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653d62a5c46d7900ba480add1fe2dfaf32679c4ae518996ac6b73ee1ed5caba8Christian Poincheval, 65,  from north-western France has added a special Valentine’s Day product to his array of scented flatulence pills designed to make wind less odious.

His new ginger-scented pills, mean loved-up couples don’t have to worry about committing any faux-pas on the most romantic day of the year.

He chose ginger because of its fabled aphrodisiac qualities.

“Say it with love, flavour your farts with ginger,” reads the advert for the pills.

Poincheval, who has been involved in homeopathy, claims the all-natural herbal medicine not only facilitates intestinal transit, but also neutralizes the odour of the gas let out.

According to the website that sells the pills, which also come in rose and violet scents, the herb mixture also helps reduce bloating.

The idea for the pills came to him six years ago after a rather disagreeable dinner with friends.

“We had just come back from Switzerland and we were eating a lot with our friends and the smell from the flatulence was really terrible. We couldn’t breathe so me and a friend decided something had to be done,” Poincheval told The Local previously.

“When we were vegetarian we noticed that our gas smelt like vegetables, like the odour from a cow pat, but when we started eating meat, the smell of the flatulence became much more disagreeable,” he said.

“We needed to invent something that made them smell nicer.”

At that point Poincheval went to see a scientist in a lab to look at ways of inventing a natural remedy for the everyday problem.

A packet of his pills will set you back €19.99 for a packet of 60 and according to the inventor they have been approved by French health authorities.

“We’re not quite ready to be floated on the stock exchange, but we sell a few hundred jars every month. Everyone needs these kind of pills,” he said.