South Korea Erects Giant X’mas Tree on North Korea Border

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South Korea is all set to erect a 30-foot Christmas tree on its border with North Korea, apparently to pray for peace in the region.

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Starting December 23rd, the tree will stay in place for a fortnight, after which it will be dismantled.

While there is no news of any reaction from Pyongyang, there is little doubt that the atheist state will not look too kindly upon this move by its southern neighbor.

 

UntitledThe two Koreas have been in a state of war since armistice was declared in 1953 to bring the hostilities of the Korean War to a halt.

And for the North Korean regime, this move is sure to bring back memories of the 65-foot tower that the South Koreans had set up in 1971 and later converted into a Christmas tree. The north had claimed that the tower was a “provocative display of psychological warfare.”

Practicing religion is not without its risks in the north, and celebrating Christmas can land one in jail, or worse.

And the last thing that a North Korean wants is to get caught with leaflets containing Biblical verses, which the south airdrops every now and then, or to be caught admiring a giant Christmas tree on the other side of the border.

The World’s Longest Burning Light-Bulb Has Been On for 113 Years

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With most of us having to replace light-bulbs every few months, it’s amazing that the Centennial Light-Bulb at Fire Station No. 6 in Livermore, California, has been burning continuously ever since 1901.

centennial-light-bulb-550x359The exact date the centennial bulb was turned on is unknown, although its birthday is usually celebrated on June 18. However, we do know that it has been alight 24 hours a day since then, shining a dim light over the fire engines. Apart from the few power outages it has faced in the last 113 years, the unbreakable light-bulb has only had two breaks – one in 1976, when it was moved from one fire station and installed in another, and one in 2013, when it was off for 9 3.4 hours. When the bulb was moved, almost 40 years ago, people were so cautious not to break it that they severed the cord, instead of unscrewing it, and transferred it with a full police and fire truck escort. The whole business lasted just 22 minutes, after which it was back to business as usual.

The impressive light-bulb is apparently an improved hand-blown incandescent lamp with carbon filament. Debora Katz, a physicist at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., has conducted extensive research on the centennial light-bulb and what makes it so special, using a vintage light bulb from Shelby Electric Co. that is a near replica of the Livermore lamp. “The Livermore light bulb differs from a contemporary incandescent bulb in two ways,” says Katz. “First its filament is about eight times thicker than a contemporary bulb. Second, the filament is a semiconductor, most likely made of carbon. When a conductor gets hotter, its ability to conduct electricity goes down. When the Shelby bulb gets hotter, it becomes a better conductor of electricity.”

U.K. Sex Workers Sitting on Each Other’s Faces for Their Right to Fist

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vr33uei3fnjmxgxvyqcqA mass facesitting demonstration is taking place outside Parliament in London to protest new U.K. pornography regulations that will hold online porn to the same standards as DVDs: That means no spanking, no bondage, no watersports, no fisting, no squirting, and, of course, no facesitting.

Protestors opposed to the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014, led by sex worker Charlotte Rose, staged the facesit-in to coincide with a parliamentary debate on what should be allowed in internet porn. Rose argues the new guidelines are sexist, because the list of banned acts seems to target female pleasure.

Watch the video here ……. Warning, Not Safe For Work

“These laws are not only sexist but they taking away people’s choices without consent,” she told the Independent.

Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert made a move to annul the new rules, calling it a “very odd” double standard to ban videos of acts that are legal between consenting adults. Huppert “tabled an Early Day Motion in order to ensure that the topic is debated in the House of Commons,” theIndependent reported.

Protestors had a secondary goal of setting a Guinness World Record for most people sitting on faces at the same time—500 people were expected to show up, based on Facebook RSVPs—but Guinness apparently rejected the record attempt.

Why Are You So Damn Scared Of Nipples?

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Today, in the USA it is ILLEGAL for a woman to be topless in 37 of the 50 states.

n-LINA-ESCO-large300In some places that includes breastfeeding. In less tolerant places like Louisiana, a woman exposing her nipples can carry a sentence of up to three years in jail and a $2,500 fine.

In New York City, in 1992 it became LEGAL for women to be topless in public, but the NYPD continued to arrest women, so we took to the streets with cameras and our cast to fight these Puritanical injustices first hand.

By the end the production, Free The Nipple morphed into a “real life” revolution that transcended the bounds of mere entertainment. Famous graffiti artists, mobs of dedicated women, and celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Liv Tyler and Lena Dunham jumped on board and ignited a national media blitz that has transformed into a powerful movement to Free The Nipple in America.

With jewelry, sometimes it’s a very fine line between “eternal symbol of our Lord and Savior” and “dangling penis with balls”

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ced1e420-6378-0132-430c-0ebc4eccb42fSo. We need to talk about Tom Ford’s penis. Or rather, Tom Ford’s penis necklace. That’s right. Esteemed designer Tom Ford, formerly of Gucci, has created an unmistakable replica of the male genitalia in necklace form. It’s even called the “Penis Pendant Necklace” in case you were somehow confused and thought it could be something else.

The necklace is available in three sizes (lolz) — small, medium, and large — for the measly price of $790. Practically a steal when you factor in all the priceless reactions you’ll receive from conservative family members and creepy old men on the street when you pair this elegant piece with an LBD for a night on the town. According to Harper’s Bazaar, the charm is offensive for more than just the obvious reasons, due to the fact that the, um, balls are strategically placed so that the whole thing resembles a cross:

In June, Tom Ford, designer and provocateur, made weary fashion journalists in London for the men’s shows perk up and do a double take at what was then called a crucifix/penis necklace. It was equal parts panned as obscene or inspired — a sly allusion to fascinus charms favored during the Roman empire.

BLK – The Black Spring Water That’s Causing a Stir in the World of Natural Supplements

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Albie and Chris Manzo, sons of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo, are promiting a new product called BLK. Water. The concept is easy — it’s water, but black, and it is supposed to be better for you, even promoting health and good sleep. According to the official website,  BLK. is “an innovation of Nature and Science.”

blkBLK. Water is the Canadian spring water infused with fulvic acid, a natural nutrient-rich compound that has been used in alternative healing circles for centuries. The beverage’s black color comes from a chemical reaction between the water and fulvic acid, and is part of the drink’s allure. “The color is what gets people listening in the first place,” Albie said.

 

Chris Laurita, husband of Jacqueline Laurita and partner in the business, recently spoke about the financial risk they are taking. He said, “Al and Chris, they’ve been looking to go on the road, do the job they need to do, and have fun at the same time. I get it, but it’s not happening. Stakes are pretty high. The truth of the matter is the economy’s been very difficult these past couple of years, and my business took a major hit. So, I’m taking a huge risk with BLK. I’m all in on this thing. Right now, this has to work.” Albie adds, “If BLK fails, all of go down. All of us, and there’s no where to turn after that.”

Luckily, things have been going great for with BLK. business. In fact, Jacqueline recently tweeted, “Thank God for BLK success!! Impressed with how fast it’s growing. Proud! XOXO.”

Judging by Amazon.com‘s customer reviews, the response has been split. Some people loved it, some people hated it, and some thought it was downright weird. One consumer wrote, “It just taste’s like water but it has a dirty aftertaste and it taste’s really bad warm.”

Six ridiculous things people used to believe about vaginas

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Vaginas are an unfair source of widespread confusion and embarrassment: Plenty of usdon’t know how they work or what they look like. But it’s not just popular culture that gets vaginas wrong. Scientific and medical minds long misunderstood female anatomy. We didn’t even fully know how the clitoris worked until 2009, and even today, many textbooks still misrepresent female sexual anatomy.

Of course, we have it better than women in centuries past, when blatant misogyny shaped much of the mainstream cultural and medical understanding of women’s bodies. Early mansplaining about women’s bodies were used to validate sexist legal policies, keep women out of school and generally make humankind squeamish about the female form. Here are some of history’s craziest myths about vaginas:

1. Watch out, some women’s vaginas have teeth!
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The myth of the toothed vagina, called vagina dentata, was a legitimate anxiety expressed in cultural folklore everywhere from Russia to Japan to India. In many of these myths, brave men needed to remove or break these vaginal teeth before safely sexing up their lady friends.

2. Women’s vaginas are just penises that got cold.

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Galen, a second-century Greek physician, believed that the body was ruled by “humor” fluids. Men typically had “hot and dry” humors while women had inferior “cold and wet” humors. Under his theory, women and men had the same sexual system, but because women were “cold,” their sexual organs had simply moved inside their bodies to keep warm. In early medical illustrations, women’s sexual organs were labeled in comparison to their male counterparts; ovaries were “female testicles.”

3. Educate a woman, and you’ll ruin her lady parts.

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This theory is brought to you by 19th-century Harvard Medical faculty member Henry H. Clark who spent his life fighting the good fight to keep women out of school. He said that women’s brains couldn’t handle the same strain as men’s, and that ladies who pursued a college education risked stressing their brains and destroying their wombs.Other scientists of the time also cautioned that over-developing the feminine brain would make the uterus shrivel up. In this sexist fantasy world, women especially needed to avoid thinking while on their period. Ugh.
4. Women can’t get pregnant unless they have consensual sex.
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In 2012, former House Representative Todd Akin and his merry band of anatomically-confused Republicans helped revive this terrible myth. Maybe they were inspired by the 13th-century British legal text, Fleta, which said that “without a woman’s consent she could not conceive,” and thus could be used to invalidate a woman’s rape accusation if she had become pregnant. The belief lived on through [terrible]CUT 19th century medical books, to misguided politicians today.
5. Sideways vaginas = a thing.

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Think of this as early “bro-natomy.” The rumor that Asian women had sideways vaginas originated as racist humor amongst gentlemen visiting Chinese prostitutes in California brothels in the mid-1800s. The rumor was part of the larger cultural fetishizing of Asian women, and persisted through the Korean War, because some people enjoy their misogyny with a side of racism.
6. Beware: Woman’s menstrual blood is potentially life threatening to men.

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Menstrual blood has been considered dangerous to men in a number of cultures. Afirst century Roman Encyclopedia notes that Roman Pliny observed that “hailstorms, they say, thunder, and even lighting will be scared away” by a menstruating woman, while “meat will become sour and fruit will fall from the tree beneath which she sits.” Period-shaming continued, and in the 19th century, it was commonly thought that aman could contract gonorrhea from having sex with a woman who was on her period.