July 31, 2007

237 reasons why people mate

Posted in Biology, Culture, Education, Fun, Humor, Life, Love, Psychology, Science, Sex, Society at 9:44 pm by deadlikeme

mate.jpgTwo researchers from Texas asked more than 2000 men and women for their reasons on why they have sex.

Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss, psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin, have categorized 237 reasons and published them in the August 2007 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The answers ranged from “It feels good” to  “I wanted to punish myself”.

The four general categories are:

  • Physical Attraction

  • Goal Attainment

  • Emotional Reasons

  • Insecurity

Instead of listing the most common reasons, here are some more unusual reasons:

I wanted to get a job

I wanted to feel closer to God

it was a favor to someone

I felt sorry for the person

I wanted to get rid of a headache

I wanted to stop my partner’s nagging

I wanted to relieve “blue balls”

for more read the New York Times article or the Original Publication (PDF file).

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July 29, 2007

Oscar, the Grim Reap-purr

Posted in Animals, Biology, Life, Mystery, Nature, Science at 5:57 pm by deadlikeme

cat.jpg2-year old cat Oscar can predict the death of patients in a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island.

So far Oscar has foreshadowed the death of 25 patients, by curling up beside them a few hours prior to their death.

His track record not only got him a mention in the New England Journal of Medicine but also an own Wikipedia page.

USA Today article

P.S. dogs are known to be able to predict epileptic seizures and sniff out different kind of cancer. Can they also be trained to smell an upcoming death?

July 5, 2007

Are you smarter than an Orang-Utan?

Posted in Animals, Anthropology, Biology, Education, Evolution, Fun, Humor, Life, Nature, Science at 8:24 am by deadlikeme

orangutan.jpgIt has recently been shown that Orang-Utans are capable of using water as a tool to solve a “nutty” problem.

Five Orang-Utans were confronted with a vertical, transparent tube with a peanut floating deep down inside, well out of reach. The primates filled their mouth with water from a drink dispenser and spat it into the tube, thus raising the water level. It took them an average of nine minutes to come up with this idea.

Natascha Mendes and colleagues at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany were inpspired by a more than 2000 year old story (by the greek poet Aesop) about a crow throwing stones into a pitcher to raise the water level until it was high enough for drinking.

How long would it have taken you to solve the problem? More than nine minutes? Come on, be honest!

Try this experiment on friends or relatives. Put a peanut in a tall glas and tell them to get it out, of course without tilting or even touching the glass.

The New Scientist article has a short video of this experiment.

The original article was published in Biology Letters.