Recently I came across the ridiculous tale of Paul Bint , a con man from England (the slimy looking guy in that cheesy pin-striped suit in the photo above). According to reports, Bint swindled the unsuspecting out of roughly 3 million dollars, but that’s not the highlight of his story. What I found most interesting is that days after his early release from prison (for fraud) Mr. Bint bragged to the press that he had managed to not only con people of their money, but in the process slept with over 2,500 woman. He is quoted as saying:
In this week’s installment of stupid I give you the latest craptastic survey done, not surprisingly, by a dating site. In an effort to link a woman’s name with the number of sexual partners she has had, a French company surveyed a group of ladies. They concluded that women whose names end with A are more likely to sleep around:
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Who among us hasn’t dreamed of true love, of finding that one special person to share their life with? Sometimes, however, we get bogged down in the Disney princess mentality and miss the opportunities that exist right under our noses. And sometimes, friends with benefits, casual dating with occasional (and non-monogamous sex), and the odd hookup are just easier.
But according to recent research out of the University of Iowa led by sociologist Anthony Paik, these informal relationships aren’t necessarily a bad thing … even in terms of finding your one true love (if you believe in such a thing, of course).
Couples who became sexually involved as friends or acquaintances and were open to a serious relationship ended up just as happy as those who dated and waited.
“We didn’t see much evidence that relationships were lower quality because they started off as hookups,” said Paik, an assistant professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The study suggests that rewarding relationships are possible for those who delay sex. But it’s also possible for true love to emerge if things start off with a more ‘Sex and the City’ approach, when people spot each other across the room, become sexually involved and then build a relationship.”
You know, part of me is really pretty excited about this even while my brain is screaming, “That’s freaking rudimentary!”
What this research is basically saying, after all, is that those willing to invest the time and energy and desire into making a relationship successful are more likely to be successful at the great long-term relationship game. Therefore, it doesn’t matter as much if a couple start out as friends …
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So here we go again. Another sad story that just further supports the argument for better sex education (is this getting old for you guys yet? Cause it’s getting old for me. ARE YOU LISTENING TO ANY OF THIS, POLITICIANS? … Hello?).
43-year-old Stuart James McDonald of Sydney, Australia is currently being tried in court for eight counts of “endangering life,” after infecting eight other men with HIV.
All eight men, whom he met on the website Gaydar.com, as well as in notorious “homosexual meet up” spot Veale Gardens (Wikipedia’s words, not mine) and a “gay boarding house,” tested positive for HIV back in 2005, after having relations with McDonald.
It is being said that McDonald withheld the fact that he had HIV from to each of his partners because he “believed that no one would want him” if they knew. He is alleged also to have lied about using condoms during intercourse, which was found out by the other men after the fact.
McDonald, who is currently standing trial, is pleading …