"NICOSIA (Reuters) - Condoms, hair gel and waxing are so much a part of Cypriot life that statisticians will from January count them among 150 new products and services used to calculate the monthly consumer price index. Authorities are revising the list to better reflect household spending patterns in the Mediterranean country nicknamed the island of Aphrodite for the Greek goddess of love and beauty. The new list includes condoms, hair gel, waxing to remove unwanted hair and medication to treat erectile dysfunction along with zivania, a strong alcoholic beverage whose production was once banned, the newspaper Phileleftheros said."
Blimey. Sounds like the Cypriots know how to have a good time. We're not far behind though - we've got condoms, waxing kits and male virility pills galore if you want to follow the ways of our Mediterranean friends.
Ouch. Ouch ouch ouch. "The Grandmaster of Iron Crotch, Tu Jin-Sheng, strapped his penis to a rental truck and twice pulled it across a Fremont, Calif., parking lot.
The 50-year-old who believes sex organs have great power tied a strip of blue fabric around the base of his penis and testicles Tuesday, tugged to make sure it was tight, then lashed himself to the vehicle, the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reported Wednesday." So says WebIndia123. We really wouldn't recommend you try this at home. Not even if you've been busy with Dr Joel Kaplan's Pro Penis & Scrotum Pumping Set.
BBC News: "Some couples may disagree, but romantic love lasts little more than a year, Italian scientists believe. The University of Pavia found a brain chemical was likely to be responsible for the first flush of love. Researchers said raised levels of a protein was linked to feelings of euphoria and dependence experienced at the start of a relationship. But after studying people in long and short relationships and single people, they found the levels receded in time." That may be so, but there's plenty of ways to reinject some passion into your long term relationship - Lovehoney has thousands of products with which to surprise your man and a ton of better sex books to help you find inspiration on how to keep the home fires burning...
The Guardian: "When a young man masturbates, exactly how distracted does he get? An experiment performed on students at the University of California, Berkeley aimed to find out."
If your partner's getting a bit too frisky for you to handle, why not get him this new gem from Japan - the Mechanical Masturbator. This super sleek robot comes complete with an appropriately shaped rubber hand and will perform automated erotica on the male member without anyone else needing to move a muscle. Take a look at the pics of the MM on the Tokyo Times blog and the inside story on this new triumph of Japanese engineering. It's a snip at 34.500 yen- that's about 168 quid...
The Times did a nice article last Christmas about how vibrators have become much more fun for women, casting off their previously seedy image. They even mentioned Lovehoney, although that's probably because we sent them a Hitachi Magic Wand to play with. It's worth perusing Suzi Godson's piece for a quick run down on the rise of the vibrator from its first incarnation as a medical device in the late 1800s through to the panoply of fun we've got these days.
AskMen.com has a great article on what men should know about women if they want to get some good loving. Worth leaving open on your lover's laptop so they get the message. When it comes to good sex, you can never have too much information for getting it right. If you want to explore more, we've got a cracking range of better sex books to browse and really put a smile on your partner's face.
File under Deeply Weird: Sky News reports that "a teenager has been charged with indecent exposure after he was caught trying to have sex with a female mannequin on display at an arts centre. Security guards found Michael Plentyhorse, 18, sprawled with the dummy on the floor with his trousers and pants down. Police spokesman Loren McManus said: 'There was inappropriate activity between him and the mannequin. That's the only way I know how to put it.'
Possibly coming soon to a theatre near you:
"Despite my appreciation for tried-and-true classic theater from the likes of Sophocles and Shakespeare, this reviewer left "Chicks With Dicks," written by Chicago playwright Trista Baldwin and directed by Bloomington Playwrights Project's Artistic Director Richard Perez, speechless.
I flipped my notebook to the last page as the audience exited and wrote the first words that came to my mind. "Fucking wild," I penned.
"Chicks With Dicks" took the audience on the most maddening ride my eyes had ever witnessed. The play, set in the Hoosier heartland town of Bedford, offered the audience a bosom of biker babes, radioactive feminine sexuality and a glimpse of American life akin to a B-parody kung fu fighters crossed with a pissed-off chick flick."
Full story at IDSNews.com
Time for a bit of culture. The Scotsman On Sunday offers a chunky review of Alyce Mahon's new book "Eroticism And Art":
"Where should we draw the line between what is obscene and what is culturally enriching? More books have been written on the subject than perhaps any other in art. But still it continues to haunt us.
The latest author to throw her hat in the ring is Cambridge academic Alyce Mahon, who, as the publicity so coyly puts it, is "a woman". This is not really so revolutionary. Some of the most stimulating writing on the subject produced in the past 30 years has been by women, notably Andrea Dworkin. Where Mahon supposedly differs from her predecessors is that she sets out to address her topic without a specifically political agenda.
Far from adopting the classic feminist critique, she seems to be attempting to be objective. This, of course, is no less than we would expect of a 21st-century art historian, and her book, despite being fundamentally flawed, makes for a read that is pacy and questioning." "
Read the full review at The Scotsman's site - and if you're interested in erotic art, go visit The Erotic Bookshop for a fine selection of books.