If you've thrown away your white tee because you couldn't maintain it and t turned brownish or yellowish, then you must read this laundry advice so you can maintain your clothing's crisp color over time:
Boobs are funny old things, aren't they? They're incredibly varied between women — and it's not just as simple as either having big boobs or small ones.
Buying a bra for them isn't all to do with size; it turns out we should be thinking about which shape bras do the best things for our bosom buddies, too. So work out which shape most sounds like yours, and you'll be enlightened to find out your ideal type of bra as listed on Cosmopolitan:
If your breasts appear to be equally full at both the top and bottom, then you've got Round boobs. People with these assets don't tend to need particularly structured, padded bras, as you don't need the bra to help shape the breasts — nature's done that for you.
2. East West
Do your nipples point outwards? If so, you're probably an East West kinda girl. Or even if your actual nipples don't point in opposite directions of the compass, if your general boob area seems to gravitate away from the centre of your chest, then you can put yourself in this category too. Third love recommends a t-shirt bra for anyone with East West boobs, thanks to the fact that it smoothes over the shape and helps to draw them in.
3. Side Set
If your breasts have a wide space between them, then your work here is done because you've got Side Set boobs. These tend to be a little fuller in shape than those who come under the East West category, and best suit plunge bras, which hoist your boobs up and draw them in. Perfect.
4. Tear Drop
Tear Drop boobs are exactly what they sound like. If they're rounded but slightly less full at the top, then you can identify with having Tear Drops. Which, luckily for you, are the most easygoing type of breast shape, suiting most bras.
Slender breasts tend to be slimmer at the top, fuller at the bottom, and longer than they are wide. Have you got that? Because it's a lot of dimensions to judge. Extra evidence for having slender boobs is if they're relatively small in cup size. For this type of chest, Third Love advises wearing a plunge bra with padding to help with size as well as helping give you some lift.
It might sound odd, but most women have asymmetry in their boobs in some shape or form. But if one of your breasts is notably larger than the other, then this is your stop: You've got Asymmetric breasts. Usually, the discrepancy in size isn't too drastic that you have to start getting special bras fitted, so trying one with removable padding should do the trick nicely.
7. Bell Shape
Bell Shape boobs sound characteristically similar to Slender boobs, but Bell Shapes tend to be larger than Slenders. So when bra shopping, think support, and try to stay away from those troublesome balconettes, which will probably have you spilling out from all angles. So there you go, which one are you?
And remember, when you go bra shopping in future, safe in all that useful knowledge, you're looking for three key things: no gaping or overflow in the cups, no slippage or digging in the straps, and make sure you can slip two fingers underneath the back of the bra band.
Do you know of the Rokitansky syndrome? Well, it is a medical condition where women are born with underdeveloped or absent wombs, cervixes and upper vaginas. I'm guessing you're shocked now. 27-year-old Joanna Giannouli, is one such woman with no womb, cervix and upper vagina. She, on BBC explains the challenges of a syndrome that affects around one in 5,000 women.
For a lot of guys, experiencing “blue balls” is just a euphemism for sexual frustration.
But if you’ve felt some pain down there—or actually noticed your testicles turning a darker shade—you know it can be something that actually affects you physically, too.While “blue balls” is a common phenomenon, there is not a whole lot of science available out there on it.
We dug up one case report published in the journal Pediatrics back in 2000, which detailed a 14-year-old boy who ended up in the ER with severe scrotal pain after “messing around” with his girlfriend without ejaculating.
But the scientists admitted they weren’t quite sure what was responsible for causing the pain.
That’s because after reviewing the available literature in emergency medicine and urology textbooks—as well as in medical libraries—the scientists were unable to find any mention or reference to “blue balls.”
Still, other medical experts do offer some explanation.
When it comes to a dull ache in your balls, the most common hypothesis is that the flow of blood to your penis and scrotum when you’re aroused builds up and, if not released, puts pressure on your testicles that causes this minor pain, explains Darius Paduch, M.D., an associate professor of urology at Weill Cornell Medical College.
As every teen guy understands, ejaculating can relieve this pressure, Dr. Paduch says.
There’s also some evidence that a prolonged erection can cause some of the oxygen in your blood to be absorbed by the tissue in your genitals.
This can leave the blood with a blue-ish hue, says urologist Richard K. Lee, M.D., also of Weill Cornell.
Dr. Lee says this usually only happens when there’s some type of blockage.
“Erectile dysfunction drugs or blood flow-constricting devices like a penis ring could cause this, but it’s not likely to occur naturally,” he adds.
If you’re suffering from bad breath and have no idea why, a few experts are willing to share some reasons behind the smell of halitosis, and treatment options for getting rid of that unfavorable aroma.
Dr. Hana Solomon, a pediatrician and author of “Clearing The Air One Nose At a Time: Caring for Your Personal Filter,” provides five top reasons for bad breath:
2) “Lifestyle choices – smoking or eating certain foods.”
3) “Debris stuck in the tonsillar and adenoid tissues (most common in kids).”
4) “Medical conditions – sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis and other issues related to the nose, dehydration, diabetic ketoacidosis, “Dry Mouth,” known as xerostomia, and organ disease.”
5) “Use of certain medications.”
Here are her five suggestions for targeting the cause of halitosis:
1) Brush and floss your teeth three times a day.
2) Drink enough water to stay hydrated (your urine should be light yellow, and you should have to urinate at least four times a day).
3) Use a nasal irrigation system.
4) Do mouth rinses with hypertonic saline washes.
5) Avoid bad habits like smoking.
“When trying to get rid of bad breath, it’s important that we seek the cause and not the cover-up solution,” Solomon said. “Although there are many ways to temporarily mask bad breath, it will never actually go away until we respond to what’s causing it.”
Dr. Justin Philipp, a dentist in Chandler, Arizona said in an email that periodontal disease is actually the main cause of bad breath.
“It is a particularly nasty infection of the gums and jaw bone that support your teeth,” he said.
“If left untreated, it will not only cause you to lose all of your teeth, but it has been linked to a host of
systemic diseases: diabetes, pre-term birth, stroke, heart disease, even breast cancer.” Dry mouth can also cause issues with bad breath, and many prescription drugs actually cause dry mouth as an unwanted side effect. “Dry mouth causes bad breath by reducing saliva which washes away food and bacteria from your teeth and gums,” Philipp said.
Some foods and drinks that can cause bad breath include garlic, cumin, high-sugar foods (especially if they happen to be sticky), energy drinks and coffee. “The bacteria that cause the foul odors in your mouth love sugar, so the more sugar they get, especially over a longer period of time, means they can produce lots of odor-causing by-products,” Philipp added.
Masking agents such as gum and mints should be sugar-free, otherwise they can make bad breath worse after the sweet smell runs out, he said. Also, make sure to get only alcohol-free mouth wash, since mouth wash containing alcohol can dry out your mouth and prevent saliva from washing away food and bacteria, Philipp said.
If possible, make sure to brush your teeth after eating, he added. If you can’t, then at least rinse your mouth with water. Dr. David G. Genet, a periodontist in Aventura, Florida said in an email that bad breath either comes from the oral cavity or the gastrointestinal system.
Some additional causes of bad breath in the mouth include dental cavities, poorly-fitting dentures, and bacterial overgrowth on the tongue and mucous membranes, Genet said. Onions can also lead to bad breath. The scent will only leave once the onion is completely digested, he said. Genet suggested scraping the tongue and brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, as well as flossing.
A paedophile who was caught by vigilantes sending sexual photographs to what he thought were schoolgirls was today jailed for 20 months.
Mark Gosling, 45, said he would 'flash' the 15-year-old girls and have sex with them as he groomed them in a series of online messages, a court heard.
But when he arranged to meet a child in Trafalgar Square, vigilantes from 'Operation Paedophile Hunter' turned up and revealed that they had fooled him.
He was jailed at Southwark Crown Court today after he admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
Paul Walker, prosecuting, said: 'This is a case involving Mark Gosling and three 15 year-old girls on Facebook.
'He believed they were under 16, but unbeknownst to him they were not real, and these messages in fact came from members of a paedophile hunter group.'
Gosling, from Bognor Regis in Sussex, then sent naked pictures of himself to two of the girls, before arranging to meet one of them at Trafalgar Square on December 11, 2015.
Instead of an under-age girl, he was met by three members of the Anonymous group who had launched Operation Paedophile Hunter. Mr Walker said: 'The police then arrived and Mr Gosling was taken to the police station.
'They looked at the mobile phone of one of the civilians who had stopped Mr Gosling and on it there was chat messages of a sexual nature from Mr Gosling to the person he believed to be a 15-year-old girl.
'He told her he intended to have sexual intercourse with her.'
Ghulam Humayun, defending, said until 2012 Gosling had been working and leading a normal life but since then had descended into deep depression.
He said: 'He currently lives with his mother and has done so since 1998 and the death of his father.
'He doesn't have a social circle, he doesn't read the papers, he's what you might describe as a social loner, the only people he interacts with are his family.
'He was unaware that what he was doing at the time was a criminal offence. Since the offence, he has imposed an order for himself to not use the internet, aside from going to the library to apply for jobs.'
Judge Alistair McCreath told Gosling: 'You came to London to meet someone you believed to be a 15-year-old female child.
'You may not be a great reader of newspapers, you may not have many friends, but given the content that you live in a society where this has much publicity in the news I can't believe you thought it was lawful to do what you certainly intended to do.
'You met this apparent child and you had groomed her. I have no doubt that if you had met a child of 15 you would have done your best to fulfil the intentions you spoke of.'
You may be in relationship and you do not know whether you are holding onto something not worth your while or throwing something precious away.
Well, here are a few signs according to Elite Daily, that you need to break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend.
1. He or she doesn't respect you.
Personally, I don’t interact people who don’t have the common decency to respect me — or others. Dating someone who doesn’t respect you or your body? Why the f*ck would you do that?
Don’t get me wrong: Sometimes the right kind of perversity in a relationship can spice it up. But even that sort of thing should be done with love.
I’ve seen some horrible relationships. And you know what they all had in common? One person in the relationship lacked sufficient respect for the other. Sure, we’ve all gotten a bit too excited and said or did things that we regretted. But when the person you’re dating belittles you and makes you feel like a piece of garbage all the time, it’s time to call it quits.
2. He or she cheated on you.
It’s never OK to cheat on your partner. If you have an open relationship, good for you. But even then, I’m sure there’s a certain line that you’re not supposed to cross. There’s always a line.
Cheating on someone who loves you is one of the cruelest things that you can do to a person. You’ll break your lover’s heart and trust. You’ll hurt him or her.
Sometimes we want to forgive and forget. We want to move on as if nothing happened. But we all know that’s not the case. Sure, maybe you can move past it. Maybe he or she won’t cheat on you anymore. Maybe you’ll end up together.
Or… maybe your partner WILL cheat on you again. Or maybe he or she doesn’t, but you’ll never stop questioning.
If you’re cheated on, break things off, if only for the time being. Take some time to figure out if getting back together is really what’s best for you.
3. It's been long enough, and you haven't fallen for this person.
What’s “long enough”? I’m afraid that’s not something I can tell you. Only youknow when it’s been enough time.
Some people fall in love right away. Others take more time; they’re not always as open to the idea. The latter group is usually more experienced than the first; by that, I mean that the people in this group have had more than one broken heart.
Sometimes it’s not that we aren’t ready or willing to love; it’s that we haven’t yet found a reason. This is where things get difficult. Sometimes we haven’t yet gotten to know someone well enough to love him or her. At other times, love isn’t possible, and all we’re doing is hoping for something that will never be.
I can’t tell you when enough is enough, but if it’s been a couple of years and you still don’t feel those butterflies, it may be time to start looking elsewhere.
4. It's been long enough, and you don't see a future with this person.
Once you get to know someone well enough, you can begin to imagine your life together. Is he or she someone you can see yourself spending the rest of your life with? Or not? Can you admit that you’re chasing a fleeting dream?
It’s OK to admit that things aren’t going to work out. I know it hurts — it turns your insides outside just thinking about it — but denying that fact won’t make things better. In fact, it’ll only make things more difficult.
You’ll eventually find yourself trying to hold on to something that died a long time ago. The longer you wait and the more time that you spend, the more difficult it becomes to cut your loses and move on with your life. If it’s got to be done, then be smart. Do it now.
5. Your partner still isn't ready to have a meaningful relationship.
No matter how good you are at reading people, there’s always a level of uncertainty. There’s always room for error. All we really have to go by is people’s actions. Knowing people’s true intentions and feelings is becoming increasingly more difficult.
But it doesn’t really matter why someone refuses to commit. If your boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t putting in the effort, cut your losses and move on.
6. You're not ready for something meaningful.
There is nothing more important in life than meaningful relationships. They’re more real than anything else that we experience. They have a greater effect on us than most things in life ever will. If you aren’t ready for something real, you need to realize how shi*ty everything becomes when it’s not real.
There is no better teacher than letting go of someone you love because you want to take time to “find yourself.” Let’s be honest here. You just want something new. Something novel, something you’ve never experienced before.
Well, I’m sorry to tell you that by calling it quits on something great, you’re only missing out. At the end of the day, you will have more fun — in bed and out — with someone you truly love.
I don’t expect you to take my word for it. I wish you luck. Remember: No matter how deep that hole seems, you can manage to crawl out of it.
Fashion designer and stylist Joseph Marie Ayissi Nga has offered his latest work in his ‘Wazal’ sewing collection dubbed ‘Ova suckled’ 2016/2017.
The Cameroonian based in Sarcelles-Lochère, Ile-De-France, France says the collection is inspired by bigger and noble aspirations as well as chic and bourgeois dreams.
“The clothing is for those who have good taste and know the importance of being chic. Again, quality materials were used in this collection, including first choice wax (African print) from Senegal as well as Mali” Mr. Ayissi Nga explained.
The offerings include tuxedo jacket, wax print styles, lamb leather and bazin.
Okay, so you’re pretty much dating two guys at the moment. Go you! Girl Power and all that. High five. You’re a dating superstar. But as you full well know, there now comes a time where you have to choose between the two guys. You can’t go on dating them both forever, before marrying them both, having kids with them both, taking vacations with them both et cetera. Rather, you need to decide who you see yourself being with in the long-term and who you do not. Naturally, this is not easy.
They’ve both got their undeniable qualities. Perhaps one has a great personality while the other looks exactly like a young Johnny Depp. It’s a confusing time for you right now, and you’re also probably a little bit afraid of upsetting one of them. But when these things go on for too long, everyone gets even more upset. So if you’re looking to nip this in the bud now and make a decision, here are some top tips to help you choose between two guys.
Write Down Each Guys’ Qualities
Maybe you’ve only thought briefly about each of their qualities, but now it’s time to have a serious think about it.
To find out more about the men in your life, it’s best if you write down a list of their qualities. As you write, more ideas will come out of your head and make you think: “Oh yeah! I forgot how awesome he was!” Think about qualities like compassion and respect, as well as their skills and ambitions.
Consider How Compatible You Are With Either Guy
Looking like Johnny Depp is all well and good, but how compatible are you guys? Do you both have similar lifestyle choices and personalities? Do you have the same thoughts about money? If one of you is a saver and the other is a spender, this probably won’t work out.
You should also consider whether you want children and whether they do, too. Would they be supportive of your dreams, or are they a realist who want you both to work steady, 9-5 jobs because “there are bills to pay!”
Think About The Deal-Breakers
Every relationship has a deal breaker. For example, I once had to end a relationship with a guy because he wouldn’t give up smoking. When we first started dating, he kept repeating that he was giving up at the end of the month. But he never did, and so we had to end it because I knew that I couldn’t be in a long-term relationship with a smoker. Have a think about both guys and consider whether any of them have potential sticking points that would cause you to end a relationship later on down the line.
Maybe one of them has hinted that he’s the possessive type, or maybe you’ve seen random bursts of anger. Whatever their unattractive qualities are, write them down.
Does One Of Them Give You Butterflies
Ask yourself how you feel when you get a text. Do you wish it was from John or from David? If you’re hoping that you’ve got a text from one of the guys more than the other, it’s a surefire sign that you’ve got a favourite. Naturally, this alone should not sway your decision. It could be that you’ve just been having a really fun conversation with John recently and want to know his answer to something you’ve asked him. But if you constantly find yourself hoping John rather than David has texted, you should trust your gut on this one.
Can They Handle Real Life
The first few dates are really fun because there aren’t many hold-ups or things to get serious about. For example, he doesn’t have to be there with you during the ups and downs – he’s just gotta make sure he’s at the restaurant on time for some lobster. But now that you’re making the decision regarding who to spend the long-term with, you need to consider more than just their punctuality.
You need to question how each of them will handle tougher situations, such as debt, unexpected challenges, bad days, as well as sickness. Will they be there with you during the rough times as well as the good times?
How Faithful Do You Feel?
Dating two guys at the same time is slightly naughty, but there is nothing immoral about it at all. It’s very possible that each of the two guys also has another woman in their life because everyone is just testing the waters at this point to see who’s right for them.
But if you feel genuinely bad for seeing one of the other guys, it might be your unconscious mind trying to tell you that you’ve got stronger feelings for one more than the other. If so, your decision has pretty much been made for you.
Think About Your Future
Picture your future. What does it look like? Where are you in five years from now? What kind of career do you have? Do you have kids, a mortgage, a car? Now try and imagine which guy fits in with your plans best. Who is going to slot seamlessly into these plans, and who is going to destruct it with payday loans, credit card debts, soccer games, and having you move in with his mom? Your future needs to be stable and secure, so pick the guy who offers this kind of stability.
Listen To Your Heart
Lastly, which guy makes your heart flutter? Which of them do you know, deep down, is the one for you? Who do you get nervous most about going on a date with? Who gives you the best feeling when you’re together? These are all important questions to ask. Stability is one thing, but a guy also needs to make you feel special – otherwise, there is just no spark and no romance. A guy needs to make you feel good inside. If it feels right, it probably is. Trust your instinct.
Friday marks the end of the working week and starts the weekend and may arguably be the best day for many workers and party loving people in general.
And its night is the night we just would want to forget about the hustles of the week and we even thank God for it. #TGIF!
Whether you had problems with your boss, boyfriend, sibling and/or parents or you feel exhausted. Friday nights are the most tempting nights for you to want to cool off.
But if you are thinking of going out on a Friday night like tonight, these pros and cons from EliteDaily may be a good read:
To go out, or to stay in? That is the eternal question.
So, here is the list of pros and cons that every 20-something girl makes on a Friday night when deciding whether or not to strap on stilettos, or slip on her old high school sweatshirt:
Pro: You had a rough week; a few tequila shots and a night of wild dancing could be just what you need to blow off some steam.
Con: Although, you did go a little too hard last week with Bridget. Maybe tonight calls for some kale juice and a facial instead.
Pro: You could wear the new dress that makes your collarbone look fantastic. After all, you did just spend about half of your last paycheck on it.
Con: Woah. You just spent half of your last paycheck on a new dress … Maybe not spending money on anything ever again will make it possible to pay rent next month.
Pro: However, there is no food in your fridge, which means you’ll end up ordering take out alone anyway … Yes. Dinner with friends is a much better choice.
Con: Your friends chose that damn tapas place again. You know you’ll still be starving, even after dropping $45 on two mouse-sized portions and a vodka cranberry.
Pro: But, what if they end up having a really good time? Tonight could be the night of all nights. It could be the night Rihanna happens to be at the same club as you, and wants you to do shots with her! Who are you to pass up Rihanna?!
Con: On the other hand, what if it’s an awful night, and Lisa ends up puking on your shoes again?
Pro: You would really like to meet a nice guy. And after all, you did just clean your apartment yesterday.
Con: Nice guys don’t exist. And besides, that would require shaving your legs.
Pro: Oh, Morgan’s coming out now too?! You haven’t seen her in ages!!
Con: Oh, wait. Morgan’s coming now too … the last time she came along, you both ended up hitting on the same guy who ultimately went home with her, while you went home to Percy who had scratched up your new curtains, and pooped on the floor.
Pro: On Tuesday you caught yourself having one-way conversations with Percy, and imagining who he thinks is going to win the Bachelor … Maybe a night with humans wouldn’t be the worst thing for your sanity.
Con: But what if Percy misses you? Or worse, sh*ts on the couch again?
Pro: Ugh. You’d kill for a vodka cranberry right now.
Con: But you do still have a bottle of Pino Grigio in the … Oh, f*ck it. YOU’RE GOING OUT!
You finally text your friends the CTA, “Lisa, Morgan, Stacy, I can be ready in 30. But I swear to god, Lisa, stay away from my shoes.”
While some who could not pursue higher education after the Junior High School (JHS) level would demand sympathy and give excuses, Betty Akosua Serwaa Awuah chose differently and is today enjoying from her prudent decision.
According to Akosua, after completing her basic education studies at the ‘Abeniase Junior High School’ in 2008 and realizing that her mum had no means to finance her Senior High School (SHS) education and given that her father had expired, she simply told her mum that she was ready to be an apprentice to a hair stylist.
The Ejisu native who has four siblings then trained for 3 years at Kumasi Tafo but as lady luck had chosen not to smile on her, yet again there was no fund to set a shop up and buy expensive gadgets like dryer and the rest.
“I migrated to Accra specifically Ablekuma-Agape thanks to my lover who became my husband. Realizing that life was getting tough since I could not utilize my knowledge of hair styling because of cash constraints, I took a four month course in fixing acrylic nails and eye lashes.
“So when I arrived in Agape, I started manicure and pedicure business servicing clients around since it was relatively cheap to set up. My husband also financed the shop am in today but he also could not buy the dryers and all so I concentrated fully on the fingernail and feet care which generates about GH¢200 a week after I take out feeding expense so business is fairly good” the boss of Akosua Manicure and Pedicure mentioned.
Akosua explained her clientele includes elderly fashionable ladies and damsels especially the ‘premafuor’. She adds clients attest to her craftsmanship regarding the delicate care she offers leading to word of mouth endorsements.
She however discarded suggestions that fixing eye lashes was dangerous given incidence of glue spilling on the eye and causing irritations have been reported. “You must get to a professional when desiring these things. In my 2 years as a beauty technician I have not had such incidence” the lovely lady posited.
According to Akosua, while caring for the nail of a friend, she narrated how after graduating from one of the universities, she is yet to secure a job because of high payments demanded before offering the job. “I counseled her to make her case so her dad can set up a store for her to start selling some provisions till an offer comes through for which she heeded” adding learning a trade is good so that one can at least feed.
Currently without an apprentice, I asked if she didn’t want any. “Young ladies come seeking to be apprentices but when I demand the customary payment for training they take leave to consult and return but none is yet to. There’s this SHS graduate who approached me complaining that her pupil teaching gig only fetches GH¢100 a month so she seeks to learn the fingernail and toenail craft but lacks any cash. I felt her pain but loved her resolve so she will be my first and I shall impact the knowledge to her for free. Also a friend does hair for clients here since she has no shop herself.” the wife and mother opined.
According Madam Awuah, although she is relatively young at 26, childbirth changed everything as she hardly attends social events now but is delighted to be a mother reckoning that she rushes to pick her ward from school since she does not want him to feel lonely.
Married to Mr Obed Nana Yaw Tuffuor, a taxi driver, Akosua explained she had fantasies about marriage growing up but now that she is in one reality has set in but she keeps learning every day.
Akosua admonished the youth “If you are from a financially weak family, after basic school endeavour to learn a trade before the time passes you by because after a while you would feel too old to endure certain attitudes of the madams and deprive yourself a chance to learn a skill to earn good income.”
Akosua can be reached for fixing of eye lashes as well as manicure and pedicure on 0276638549.
If you’re a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after a disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex "normally" last?
A scientist, though, would phrase the same question in an almost comically obscure way: What is the mean intravaginal ejaculation latency time?
I know there’s a lot more to sex than putting the penis into the vagina and ejaculating, but the rest is not always easy to define (kissing? Rubbing? Grinding?). To keep things simple and specific, we’ll just focus on the time to ejaculation.
Measuring an average time to ejaculation is not a straightforward matter. What about just asking people how long they take, you say? Well, there are two main problems with this. One is that people are likely to be biased upwards in their time estimates, because it’s socially desirable to say you go long into the night.
The other problem is that people don’t necessarily know how long they go for. Sex isn’t something people normally do while monitoring the bedside clock, and unassisted time estimation may be difficult during a transportative session of love-making.
What does the research say?
The best study we have estimating the average time to ejaculation in the general population involved 500 couples from around the world timing themselves having sex over a four-week period – using a stopwatch.
That is as practically awkward as it sounds: participants pressed “start” at penile penetration and “stop” at ejaculation. You may note this could affect the mood somewhat, and might perhaps not exactly reflect the natural flow of things. But – science is rarely perfect, and this is the best we’ve got.
So what did the researchers find? The most striking result is that there was a huge amount of variation. The average time for each couple (that is, averaged across all the times they had sex) ranged from 33 seconds to 44 minutes. That’s an 80-fold difference.
So it’s clear there’s no one "normal" amount of time to have sex. The average (median, technically) across all couples, though, was 5.4 minutes. This means that if you line up the 500 couples from shortest sex to longest sex, the middle couple goes for an average of 5.4 minutes each time they do it.
There were some interesting secondary results, too. For example, condom use didn’t seem to affect the time, and neither did men’s being circumcised or not, which challenges some conventional wisdom regarding penile sensitivity and its relationship to staying power in the sack.
It didn’t much matter which country the couples came from either – unless they came from Turkey, in which case their sex tended to be significantly shorter (3.7 minutes) than couples from other countries (Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Another surprising finding was that the older the couple, the shorter the sex, contrary to the prevailing wisdom (probably peddled by older men). Why do we have sex for so long?
As an evolutionary researcher, all this talk of how long sex lasts make me wonder: Why does it last any time at all? All sex really needs to achieve, it seems, is to put sperm into the vagina. Why all the thrusting and bumping? Instead of sliding the penis in and out many hundreds of times per sexual session, why not just put it in once, ejaculate, and then go have a lemonade and get on with the rest of the day?
Before you say, Because it’s fun to go in and out!, remember evolution doesn’t care about fun per se – it generally only “designs” things to be enjoyable if they helped our ancestors pass on their genes to future generations. For example, even though we like eating food, we don’t chew each mouthful of it for five minutes just to make the enjoyment last longer. That would be inefficient, and so we’ve evolved to find it gross.
Why we last so long is a pretty complicated question with no clear answer, but a clue may be in the way the penis is shaped. In 2003, researchers showed – using artificial vaginas, artificial penises, and artificial sperm (corn syrup) – that the ridge around the head of the penis actually scoops out pre-existing syrup from the vagina.
What this suggests is that men’s repeated thrusting might function to displace other men’s semen before ejaculating, ensuring their own swimmers have a better chance of reaching the egg first. Incidentally, this could explain why it becomes painful for a man to continue thrusting after ejaculating, since that would risk scooping out his own semen as well.
So what to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.
You may not have known how useful baby powder could be apart from its basic use but this list from goodhousekeeping may come in handy during home cleaning.
1. A knotted necklace
Never waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry again. Loosen the knot with a little baby powder and use a pin to pull it apart.
2. Musty furniture
"I like to keep drawers fresh with a sprinkle of baby powder under drawer liners," says Becky at Clean Mama. "This is especially great with antique furniture that has that old smell."
3. Greasy hair
Most dry shampoos are starch-based, so baby powder has a similar effect in a pinch. Sprinkle some on your hands and massage it through your scalp to soak up excess oil.
4. A sweltering summer night
Crawling into a hot, sticky bed is no one's definition of nighttime relaxation. Dust powder between your sheets to help absorb sweat and keep things cool.
5. A stuck-together deck of cards
When poker night gets messy, toss the playing cards into a paper bag with a few tablespoons of powder and give them a good shake. Then wipe them with a paper towel.
6. A family of ants
Keep these intruders out of your kitchen by blocking their path with powder (they're not fans of the scent).
7. Oily stains
Don't stress over spilt salad dressing. Dab any oil-based stain with baby powder to absorb the grease before laundering like usual.
8. Dish glove friction
"After washing dishes, I sprinkle a little powder into my rubber gloves," says Victoria atCreative Home Keeper. "It helps keep them fresh while they dry and my hands easily slide through the next time."
9. Squeaky hardwood floors
Pour baby powder onto your wooden floor and sweep it into the cracks to quiet creaking floorboards. Wipe away the excess, and enjoy the sounds of silence.
10. Sandy feet
"Pack a travel size bottle of baby powder in your beach bag," says Jamielyn at I Heart Nap Time. "At the end of the day, rub it on your skin and sand will come right off."
11. Wimpy eyelashes
Beauty bloggers swear by this one. In between coats of mascara, use a cotton swab to dust baby powder on your lashes. "I was suprised how much volume it added," says Huda at Huda Beauty.
12. Sweaty feet
Sprinkle the stuff in your shoes to keep odors at bay. And forget socks — the powder keeps your feet dry so you can go barefoot in flats without worry.
And one place you shouldn't use baby powder: Around babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against it, since the powder can be dangerious if babies inhale it.
Caitlyn Jenner says leaving Bruce Jenner behind when she underwent her gender transition was ''tough''.
The transgender reality TV star was known as Bruce before her gender transition and admitted that while embracing her true self has been liberating, she admitted that it hasn't always been easy.
She told the Sydney Morning Herald: ''Bruce was a good person who did a lot of good in his life, who had an absolutely amazing life, with wonderful children. When you get name changed, gender marker changed, all that kind of stuff, you know it's the right thing to do in your heart but sometimes I did feel like I was throwing him out. And that was tough.
''It was time for this woman that's lived inside me; it's a chance for her to live. Let's see what she can do with her life''.
Caitlyn also admitted that she ''downplayed'' her desire to transition to her former wife Kris Jenner.
She said: ''I thought I was probably very honest with her at the beginning. Now did I probably downplay it? Absolutely. Did I ever think eventually it would come to where I am today? No. But we had 23 great years together, and she's a great person.''
Charcoal for a whiter smile? How the BBQ staple is working magic on people's smiles. The properties of charcoal for skin are both well known and wide ranging. From acting as a magnet to pull out impurities to absorbing excess oil; looking like a miner really is great for your face.
However the earthy material works wonders on your teeth too and more and more mouth-related products containing charcoal are now popping up. From off the shelf toothpaste to homemade mouthwash, we have your charcoal teeth needs covered.
At home whitening kits are more popular than ever and many of us reach for whitening toothpaste during our weekly shop in our quest to get a dazzling smile. However some whitening toothpastes have been known to make teeth darker after use - so maybe going back to black is best.
While squeezing a blob of black toothpaste on to your brush in the morning and evening may look extremely daunting, it actually has major benefits for teeth. Activated charcoal binds to everything in its path, meaning stains, tartar and bacteria are removed. It's a cheaper and painless way to get your pearlys looking white without having to reach for the bleach.
Curaprox's White is Black has fast become a cult favourite, and because it uses no bleach it's a gentle choice for those with sensitive teeth. It also protects from tooth decay and remineralises tooth enamel thanks to its enzymes.
Beverly Hills Perfect White Black and Ecodenta Organic Black Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste are other options to try.
As charcoal is known for its natural whitening and absorbing powers, adding it to the bristles of a toothbrush means your daily clean just got a lot more effective. Charcoal infused bristles are already common place in South-East Asian countries, and now the Western world is getting on board too. Again the charcoal will draw out impurities, giving you a whiter, brighter and healthier smile.
Much like the craze for oil pulling, when you swish coconut oil in your mouth, charcoal mouthwash can have similar effects, only this time it targets your teeth rather than your overall health. The ancient technique of oil pulling is intended to draw out toxins, especially in your mouth, but gurgling with charcoal is aimed at those after a whiter smile. Some coconut oil mouthwashes even include activated charcoal to give users a double dose of oral goodness.
It's easy to make your own, just remember it's activated charcoal you need, not any old BBQ coal!
Mix 1/8 tsp of activated charcoal with 6 to 8 ounces of distilled water and essential oils (optional). Swirl around and spit.
Lush's Boom! Toothy Tabs are little charcoal wonders that will give your mouth an instant hit of freshness. Made from gunpowder tea and charcoal, these tabs are designed to be nibbled between your teeth. They can be used as an alternative to toothpaste, or just pop one in if you're on the go, chew and then quickly run a toothbrush round for a smile pick-me-up.
Katie Price has put her breast implants up for sale - and slapped a £1 million price tag on her former fake boobs.
The TV star - who shot to fame as glamour model Jordan - has offered her former boobs up for sale on Twitter, and after slapping a six-figure asking price on her assets, the blonde beauty has urged potential customers to email her with ''serious bids only'' if they are interested in making an offer.
She tweeted: ''My Breast implants 4 sale £1,000,000.00 email [email protected] buy collect , make an offer or for more info!
''Serious bids only everything else will not be read and deleted (sic)''
Following her post last night (01.04.16), some fans thought Katie was playing an April Fool's joke, but she later said that was not the case and insisted she is keen to offload her former fake boobs.
She tweeted: ''it's gone midnight and not a April fools joke selling my implants so if your interested make a decent offer email [email protected] (sic)''
Katie returned to her natural bust size in 2015 for the first time in 16 years after having her implants removed following medical complications.
She underwent breast augmentation surgery for the first time in 1998 and had six more operations, with the last set of implants shrinking her 32DD bust by several sizes before they were taken out.
The former glamour model's first operation increased her breast size from a 32B to a 32FF.
Scores of young Malawian girls have been queuing up to have sex with willing men in exchange for money to fund their survival, Nyasa Times has reported.
According to Chimwemwe Kaonga, Youth Commissioner for the National Aids Commission (NAC), unofficial red light streets have popped up within the country's business district of Blantyre, with women queuing for hours to earn a living.
"I did a spot check during one of the evenings in our township. I saw tens and tens of girls, some as young as 12 and 13 years, standing along the streets and drinking joints waiting for men to exchange their bodies with money.
"I was so shocked, this situation is deplorable and unacceptable," said Kaonga.
Some of the girls, many of which whom have been forced into the sex trade by their relatives, are driven by harsh economic conditions.
According to Kaonga, efforts to reduce the spread of HIV within the country had been hampered by this development.
Despite sex work being illegal in the southern African country, those who engage in prostitution have exercised their rights in recent times, with a Malawian court having ruled in their favour over a dispute last year.
According to a News24 report, sex workers from the southern city of Mwanza were rounded up and taken to a government facility for HIV testing without their consent in 2009. Their test results were also said to have been disclosed in open court.
Following a suit filed by the workers against authorities, the women were awarded damages.
Five members of the same family were charged with the murder of a prophet who had been called to their their home in the village of Mazonde, Zimbabwe to help them cleanse their house of evil spirits.
According to local newspaper, Zed 24 News, the accused family identified as Leanmore Mutero, Tonderai Muswere, Michael Muchengeti, Manasa Mutero and Nicholas Mutero, appeared at the High Court in Harare facing a murder charge for participating in the death of self-professed Prophet Shamiso Kanyama, who accidentally died during a healing ceremony.
Pastor Kanyama had reportedly asked his followers to bury him alive so that he could summon more cleansing powers to heal the family that had been plagued by mysterious deaths. Zed 24 News reports that High Court Justice Owen Tagu heard how on that day, the late pastor had been invited to attend the home in the Muzarabani district, which is situated along the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border, by their priest, Zvidzai Muchengeti.
The five men had requested the priest to help them clean their home of evil spirits, because it was causing mysterious deaths in their family. Responding to their request to perform a healing ceremony, Kanyama had ordered his followers to dig a grave and bury him alive because that was the way he summoned more healing powers to ward off evil spirits. However, the plan backfired on the prophet when instead of being resurrected as he supposed, the men dug up the grave again to find him dead.
Kanyama helped to dig his own grave before praying and jumping inside, Father Zvidzai, who has turned State witness, told the High Court. He continued that after laying face down in the grave, he ordered his followers to start covering him with soil. “He pegged a grave-shaped pit in front of my hut and asked for help to dig the pit,” Zvidzai continued. “Deceased requested to be buried alive so that he would gain power to drive away the evil forces.” Fearing for the life of the prophet as the men were in the process of filling the grave, he requested the men to stop what they were doing, Joseph Taderera told Justice Tagu.
However, they ignored his pleas when Kanyama urged them to continue the process of burying him alive, stating that he would rise from the grave unharmed. “I warned the men about the danger of their actions, but my advice fell on deaf ears because Kanyama shouted, telling me that I am disturbing his angels, and urged them to continue filling the grave, saying that he would later come out alive,” Taderera said.
Every type of casual sex—uncommitted, unemotional, purely carnal—is governed by the same rules. Here's how to fornicate properly:
Casual sex takes many forms. You know the obvious ones: the one-night stand, the booty call, sex by appointment. More recent variations include "rec" (recreational) sex, which exists because, as one friend told me, "every great athlete needs practice." And then there's "cereal" sex, which is a one-night stand amid a dry spell that, like cereal, is satisfying in the moment but leaves you needing further sustenance shortly thereafter.
Americans are using marijuana now more than ever. If you're planning a trip to the States soon, be wary of what to expect. It's been found that between 2002 and 2013 the amount of Americans using cannabis has doubled, while nearly six million US citizens were treated for marijuana addiction in 2015.
Britain is joining a growing list of countries with levies on sugary drinks. But what does it mean for consumers?
A new sugar levy on the soft drinks industry is set to be introduced by the U.K. government in an effort to combat obesity. In his Budget on Wednesday (16Mar16), Chancellor George Osborne announced that a tax will be levied on drinks companies in two years' time, giving them time to change the ingredients and recipes of their products. In response to the announcement, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver praised the tax, writing on Instagram that it is "profound move that will ripple around the world". But what exactly is the sugar tax and what does it mean for consumers?
Just the smell of alcohol can an increase a person's risk of addiction, a new study shows. The reasons behind addiction vary greatly, with factors such as genetics, tolerance and childhood experiences just three possible cause.
New research has found turning off media at meal times could help you lose weight. Scientists have found that the sound of your own chewing makes you eat less, therefore you should turn off the TV during meal times.
Your fingernails can be a fun and versatile fashion accessory but they can also give us clues to underlying health conditions. Although a lot of changes can occur from wearing too much nail polish or from aggressive filing due to wearing falsies, other sudden changes can point to health issues. Some are more common than others and most are easily solved!
Botox in your 20s may not be as beneficial as you think. It seems like the target audience for Botox has changed over the years, as the younger generation are going under the needle more now than ever.
A 69 year old herbalist, Chief Simon Odo, has married an 18 year old girl, Chidinma, as his 57th wife. He took the girl from Okutu, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, last November, Vanguard reports.
Nothing quells the demons of insomnia quite like a quick rip of indica, but what are the exact benefits of some pre-sleep smoking? Interestingly enough, as found in a recent Mic report, there is no consensus among noted experts other than the obvious: weed definitely helps you pass out.
Dr Mensa Otabil has been on a roll in the past few weeks, demonstrating his immense ignorance of the greatest tool man has ever devised- science.
This man stands in his mega auditorium built on the back of scientific knowledge, lit by science, holding a microphone working on scientific principles, even holding a freaking bible which I’m sure if you give God a million years he cannot just make appear out of thin air- yet he proceeds to tell his congregation to disregard that hugely successful method in favour of a book of fairy tales which has never been independently corroborated.
Dr Oyinwola Oni, a Lagos based DNA expert says that 40% of men do not know that they are not the biological fathers of their first child. Dr Oni said this while sharing his experience on how a former girlfriend wanted to force a set of twins on him. Read what he told City People below;
When you are with a new guy, it’s only natural that you want to find out as much as you can about him. What you don’t want to do, though, is turn a date into nothing more than a series of questions. The way to get more out of a man is to ask him some questions that will really give you some clues as to his true personality. Don’t ask him questions that he can answer with one word, ask him questions that will need an explanation and a bit of thought. Here are ten questions to ask your boyfriend that will tell a lot about the kind of guy he really his.
A Boston nonprofit plans to soon test a new way of addressing the city's heroin epidemic. The idea is simple. Along a stretch of road that has come to be called Boston's "Methadone Mile," the program will open a room in March with a nurse, some soft chairs and basic life-saving equipment — a place where heroin users can ride out their high, under medical supervision.
It's not your fault you don't have a six-pack—blame it on the food you eat.
Carrying a spare tire around your belly? You're not alone: Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults now have abdominal obesity, up from 46 percent in 2000, according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. If you fall into that category (male abs are considered fat if the waistline measures more than 40 inches), it's time to consider cutting down your consumption of these five foods:
Caitlyn Jenner insists she is ''too busy'' to date and find her perfect partner. The 'I Am Cait' star - who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition - insists she has no time to find a partner but is ''open'' to dating.
Smoothies and juices aren't as popular as they used to be. It used to be the case that you couldn't walk down the street without seeing someone clutching a smoothie bottle - these were the drinks to be seen with long before soy chai lattes were even invented.
The secret to Jennifer Lawrence's stunning figure includes burgers and chips! The personal trainer for everyone's favourite Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence has revealed the secret to her stunning figure - and it includes burgers and chips!
Women are still embarrassed to ask for emergency contraception, new research has found.
Women have long had the freedom to buy the morning after pill from a pharmacy in the UK, or the option to book an appointment with a doctor to obtain it. However recent research has found that females are still reluctant to ask for it and as a result are putting themselves at risk of unplanned pregnancies.
Ghanaian boxer, Braimah Kamoko, popularly known as Bukom Banku, has said emphatically that he is strong and can last in bed. Speaking to Deloris Frimpong Manso on Friday, February 26th edition of ‘Delay Show’, the boxer revealed that he is married to three women.
When you make the decision to commit to someone, no topic of discussion should be off the table. Sure, some conversations may be more awkward than others, but having the tough talks now could help you stave off major problems in the long run.
In a series of verbose Facebook videos, actor Terry Crews has revealed his lengthy struggles with pornography addiction and how he worked to overcome what he considered a "major" obstacle in his life. The actor, who married Rebecca King in 1990, spoke candidly about how his obsessive habits started to jeopardize his marriage and his ability to acknowledge his own quest for emotional intimacy.
Scientifically, it’s calledectogenesis, a term coined by J.B.S. Haldane in 1924. A hugely influential science popularizer, Haldane did for his generation what Carl Sagan did later in the century. He got people thinking and talking about the implications of science and technology on our civilization, and did not shy away from inventing new words in order to do so. Describing ectogenesis as pregnancy occurring in an artificial environment, from fertilization to birth, Haldane predicted that by 2074 this would account for more than 70 percent of human births.
Valentines Day ended in tragedy for a Portland teenager after he apparently masturbated a world record, jaw-dropping 46 times non-stop before dying of a heart attack. Jerome Carpenter was found dead in his bedroom after apparently masturbating too much. It is speculated that Jerome was suffering from depression due to being “extremely lonely” on Valentines Day.