Monday, July 03, 2006

Dogs, Hair, Oysters, Munching, Sperm and Poo!

EDIT: My mate Freddy has a friend called Clair, who has a gorgeous dog named Hogan, who is involved in an online competition that needs votes to give him the edge over his competitors. I just voted myself and pushed him into first equal...how cool is that? Please click HERE and vote for Hogan and help this wee doggie and his owner to win. The competition closes on the 4th of July and the winner is announced on the 5th. I have no idea what they win, but hell, all good stuff...one small leap for dogkind and all that. (Click on Freddy's name to see a photo of this lovely canine.) Thanks :D

1. What's up with the ear hair? [Getting Older]

You lose the hair where you want it, and gain it in all those other unsightly places. Bushy eyebrows, excessive nasal hair and hairy ears certainly don't make you anxious to get older do they?

Sometimes the excessive growth of hair on the ears is genetic and is linked to the Y chromosome, the sex chromosome found only in males, which explains why you don't see many hairy-eared females, except in The Lord of the Rings movies.

And what would this excess hair growth be without a competition? The Guinness Book of World Records record the longest ear hair was broken again in 2002. A seventy-year-old from Tamil Nadu state in India, Anthony Victor broke the record with his ear hair measure 11.5 centimetres. (*gag*)

(Did that REALLY answer the question??)

2. Do oysters really make you horny? [All You (N)ever Wanted to know About Sex]

Oysters definitely do resemble a certain anatomical part, but this doesn't make them stimulants. There are a lot of different foods and substances that are thought to be aphrodisiacs. Though there is no science to prove that any of them work, there are some theories on oysters.

Oysters are full of many vitamins and minerals, especially zinc. Zinc controls progesterone levels, which have a positive effect on the libido. Other foods that are thought to get your mojo working include:

chocolate (yay!); strawberries; champagne (go figure); caviar and truffles.

3. Why do you get the munchies when you are stoned? [Drugs and Alcohol]

Answer: To keep Dominos and KFC in business.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in both the United States and the UK. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetra-hyrocannabinol), or The High Causer. THC falls in the category of chemicals called cannabinoids.

A study in the April 2001 issue of Nature helps us to better understand how marijuana causes users to have an increased appetite, the famous "munchies." Molecules called endo-cannabinoids, marijuana-like chemicals present in our own brain, bind with receptors in the brain and activate hunger. These endo-cannabinoids in the hypothalanus of the brain then activate cannabinoid receptors that are responsible for maintaining food intake. The chemicals from marijuana bind to these cannabinoid receptors and cause the munchies.

Sound complicated? Maybe you're too stoned to understand. Go eat some Pringles.

4. Is Sperm nutritious? Or fattening? [All You (N)ever Wanted to know About Sex]

You are what you eat. In this case, it is somewhat true, as sperm contains important genetic material. But sperm is not particularly nutritious or fattening. The average ejaculate, about one teaspoon, contains between two and three hundred million sperm. Total calories: about five (score!). These calories are derived from protein, including enzymes and sugars (mainly fructose) secreted into semen by the prostate gland to provide the sperm with the energy to swim (how cute).

Other good stuff found in semen includes water, vitamin C, citric acid, phosphate, bicarbonates, zinc, and prostaglandings. A veritable breakfast of champions.

5. Why is poo brown? [Bathroom Humour]

It is very common to have people ask about the colour of their stool to figure out how it relates to disease. there are definitely some colour changes that can be cause for concern, but in general assessing stool colour is no exact science.

Faeces are mostly shades of brown or yellow because of the presence of an orange-yellow substance called bilirubin. Bilirubin combines with iron in the intestine to give the combo a beautiful brown colour.

Poo does however, have a rainbow of possibilities.

(And seeing as this post has got quite long enough already I aint gonna be listing them...I can tell you the colours though...black, green, red, gray and yellow are all mentioned...and that's enough of that shit for now!)

[Excerpts from the book titled "Why do Men Have Nipples?", Authors, Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg MD]
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