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Short men get more sex, they say

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Here’s a recent exercise in data collection:

Sexual Activity of Young Men is Not Related to Their Anthropometric Parameters,” Imre Rurik [pictured here, below], Attila Varga, Ferenc Fekete, Timea Ungvári and János Sándor, Journal of Sexual Medicine, epub June 21, 2014. (Thanks to investigator Ivan Oransky for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at the University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Primary Care Center, Budapest, Hungarian Society for Sexual Medicine, Budapest, Mr. Clinic Outpatient Center, Budapest, Hungary, report:

“Data for 531 heterosexual men aged 20–54 years were collected… The highest self-reported weekly coital frequency was recorded for men between the ages of 25 and 29 (3.02 ± 1.27). Coital frequency was higher among men with a height of less than 175 cm (2.69 ± 1.24)…”


Three million looks at sex-in-an-MRI video

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Medical students and other interested persons have now made more than three million (3,000,000) examinations of the historic, Ig Nobel Prize-winning, first-ever MRI video of human sexual organs performing their traditional role.

The 2000 Ig Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to Willibrord Weijmar SchultzPek van Andel, and Eduard Mooyaart of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Ida Sabelis of Amsterdam, for their illuminating report, “Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Male and Female Genitals During Coitus and Female Sexual Arousal.” [Published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), vol. 319, 1999, pp. 1596-1600.] The video was kept secret for several years, then had its public debut as part of an Ig Nobel tour of the UK (for the UK’s National Science Week). Here’s the video:

BONUS FACT: We are told that that article in the BMJ is, by a large margin, the most viewed article on the entire BMJ web site. And has been for a very long time.

Here’s a Dutch documentary about the people in the MRI experiment:


First scientific report of fellatio in captive brown bears

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The Ig Nobel Prize-winning study Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time,” [by Min Tan, Gareth Jones, Guangjian Zhu, Jianping Ye, Tiyu Hong, Shanyi Zhou, Shuyi Zhang and Libiao Zhang, published in PLoS ONE, vol. 4, no. 10, e7595] is one of several intellectual forebears (another is a study by Ig Nobel Prize winner Frans de Waal) cited in a new study about fellatio in captive brown bears. Here’s a photo of lead author Agnieszka Sergiel with a captive bear:


The new study is:

Fellatio in Captive Brown Bears: Evidence of long-term effects of suckling deprivation?” Agnieszka Sergiel, Robert Maślak, Andreas Zedrosser, Łukasz Paśko, David L. Garshelis, Slaven Reljić and Djuro Huber, Zoo Biology, epub June 4, 2014. The authors, at the Polish Academy of Sciences, the University of Wroclaw, Telemark University College, Bø, Norway, the University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA, and the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, write:

“Here, we report on a case of two male brown bears, raised in captivity since being orphaned as cubs, which engaged in recurrent fellatio multiple times per day until at least 10 years old. The roles of provider and receiver in the act remained unchanged, and the behavior itself became highly ritualized. The provider always initiated the contact involving vigorous penile sucking that appeared to result in ejaculation. We suggest that the behavior began as a result of early deprivation of maternal suckling, and persisted through life, possibly because it remained satisfying for both individuals. This constitutes the first descriptive report of fellatio in bears, and suggests that some bears may suffer lifelong behavioral consequences from being orphaned at an early age.”

Jason Goldman writes an appreciation of the discovery, in Io9.

(Thanks to investigator Irene Delse for bringing this to our attention.)

Reducing Toilet Flush Noise in Adjacent Offices

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The science of acoustics offers many challenges, some of which relate to toilets. For example:

An experience reducing toilet flushing noise reaching adjacent offices,” Noral D. Stewart [pictured here] (Stewart Acoustical Consultants, Raleigh, NC), Acoustical Society of America – 161st Meeting Lay Language Papers, Presented Thursday afternoon, May 26, 2011, 161st ASA Meeting, Seattle, Washington, Popular version of paper 4pAAb4. (Thanks to Jennifer Ouellette for bringing this to our attention.) The author reports:

“An office building was experiencing loud toilet flushing noise in a row of five offices adjacent to rest rooms on seven floors of the building. In each row of five offices, the three in the middle were immediately adjacent to the rest rooms. The middle office shared a wall with both the men’s and women’s rest rooms. The toilets were a new design for very low water consumption, 1.2 gallon per flush.”

BONUS: Stewart’s general advice about a different, only slightly related problem: “The Thump in Floors of Frame Construction

Today is Dead Duck Day

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

logo_DEAD DUCK DAYToday is Dead Duck Day.

Join the big celebration in Rotterdam, if you are in Rotterdam.

Or invite neighbors to join you in celebration, wherever you are.