Archive for June 22nd, 2005

Le Petit Mort

Aptly named, indeed.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — New research indicates parts of the brain that govern fear and anxiety are switched off when a woman is having an orgasm but remain active if she is faking.

In the first study to map brain function during orgasm, scientists from the Netherlands also found that as a woman climaxes, an area of the brain governing emotional control is largely deactivated.


When women faked orgasm, the cortex, the part of the brain governing conscious action, lit up. It was not activated during a genuine orgasm.

Even the body movements made during a real orgasm were unconscious, Holstege said.

The most striking results were seen in the parts of the brain that shut down, or deactivated. Deactivation was visible in the amygdala, a part of the brain thought to be involved in the neurobiology of fear and anxiety.

“During orgasm, there was strong, enormous deactivation in the brain. During fake orgasm, there was no deactivation of the brain at all. None,” Holstege said.

Shutting down the brain during orgasm may ensure that obstacles such as fear and stress did not get in the way, Holstege proposed. “Deactivation of these very important parts of the brain might be the most important necessity for having an orgasm,” he said.

Donald Pfaff, professor of neurobiology and behavior at Rockefeller University in New York, said the interpretations were reasonable. “It makes poetic sense,” said Pfaff, who was not connected with the research.

I really have nothing to add to this, other than to note that the section on methodology was a bit more interesting than the average scientific article not involving monkey economics…

1 comment June 22nd, 2005 at 07:09pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science

Umm… Kay.


An attempt to erect the world’s largest Popsicle in a city square ended with a scene straight out of a disaster film — but much stickier.

The 25-foot-tall, 17 1/2-ton treat of frozen Snapple juice melted faster than expected Tuesday, flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with kiwi-strawberry-flavored fluid that sent pedestrians scurrying for higher ground.


Snapple had been trying to promote a new line of frozen treats by setting a record for the world’s largest Popsicle, but called off the stunt before it was pulled fully upright by a construction crane. Authorities said they were worried the thing would collapse in the 80-degree, first-day-of-summer heat.

“What was unsettling was that the fluid just kept coming,” Stuart Claxton of the Guinness Book of World Records told the Daily News. “It was quite a lot of fluid. On a hot day like this, you have to move fast.”

That last paragraph also qualifies for Quote Of The Day honors.

2 comments June 22nd, 2005 at 03:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Weirdness

A Mobile Proposal

“‘Bush gets very upset when cell phones go off in his presence,’ McFeatters noted. ‘He just hates it.'”

Okay, so. Given a hatred of cellphones that rivals my own, and a peevish and petulant nature beneath a thin veneer of phony bonhomie, maybe we should be trying to sneak “ringers” of a completely different nature into Bush’s public appearances. No confrontational questions or dramatic gestures, just a few ringing cellphones at every event (especially televised ones), and perhaps we can get the mask to slip a few times.

This would probably only work directly a few times before his handlers wised up, but even so, the sure-to-be-disproportionately-harsh treatment of the initial offenders (i.e., hustled roughly away by Secret Service or Fake Secret Service, or physically attacked by Bush loyalists) and subsequent body cavity searches for cellphones would be pure PR gold.

Granted, this would have been much better as a pre-election strategy, but even now, I still think there’s a huge benefit to exposing him for the snarly creep that he is: it would further weaken his ability to push his agenda; it would generally diminish the public’s appetite for more Bushes in the White House; and it might help tarnish the Reagan halo he’s being fitted for.

It sure would be nice to see the obnoxiousness of cellphones being used for good for a change. And if it backfires, maybe inconsiderate public cellphone use will be caught up in the backlash, which would be a good thing in its own right.

4 comments June 22nd, 2005 at 02:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Favorites,Republicans,Technology,Wankers

Quickie Photo Break

Took a quick break this afternoon to try to wake myself up, and figured I might as well take my camera along…

Yet another one of them orangey flower thingies what some people are saying are hibisciruses.

I think I have a dry winter picture of this fountain around somewhere; not sure if I ever posted it here or not. Posted by Hello

There was another picture I really wanted, but just didn’t work out – there was a very corporate looking guy in a green jacket, who sat down on one of the benches and just looked completely zen and blissed out looking at the fountain. I tried taking a picture of him through a gap in the fountain and the water, but there was just too much spray to get a good shot.

Oh well. People photography and me really don’t mix.

1 comment June 22nd, 2005 at 12:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

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