World AIDS Day, ant aphrodisiac, dump doctors and British one-night stands.
Good morning, YourTango readers. Happy December first, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Let's get to the news.
According to The Irish World, today is World AIDS Day. Roughly 30 million people have the immunodeficiency condition worldwide and infection rates appear to be on the rise. Let's hope that the awareness generated by this recognition day helps find a cure. The bone marrow transplant thing sounds promising.
British taxi drivers are doing their best to fight STDs. The BBC reports that drivers in the town of Aberdeen are handing out condoms to passengers. A cab company called ComCab is just trying to do their part on World AIDS Day.
We're glad that someone is looking out for the sexual health of those randy Brits because they are likely to have a lot of partners. Daily Star is reporting that a survey of 14,000 people from 48 countries has the British leading the way in one-night stands. British women are also more likely to steal their boyfriends than gals from any other country.
We feel like we hardly know ya any more, Britain. First they make James Bond more vicious and less handsome. Then they start having more irresponsible sex (like Roger Moore). And now, according to the Telegraph, Brits are seeking out professional help in dealing with breakups. These so-called dump doctors are doing a rather brisk trade. So much for that vaunted stiff upper-lip. "Dry Your Eyes," indeed.
On this side of the pond, some people are still doing breakups on their own. And sometimes this goes against better advice. Per Commercial Appeal, do it yourself divorces are gaining in popularity. We suppose that not everyone can afford a good lawyer. And by "good" we mean competent.
When we think of competent attorney, we start with someone who hasn't been disbarred. According to the Zonie Report we aren't alone in that assumption but not everyone follows the policy so closely. A man in Arizona, Gary Karpin, is going to do 15 years in the slammer for bilking divorce clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars with his Divorce with Dignity business. Karpin was disbarred back in 1992.
He is lucky that he didn't pull this crap in China. According to Reuters a Chinese "entrepreneur" is being sentenced to death for selling a fake aphrodisiac. Made from ants. The real problem wasn't the ant love juice, but that he bilked investors out of $439 million, promising them returns as high as 60%. When something appears too good to be true (like ant Viagra or a company that sells said ant juice), it probably is.
Sometimes you get executed for fraud and sometimes you get fired for surreptitiously filming coworkers having sex in a cubicle. Asylum caught up with the guy that filmed 2 coworkers getting it on in the office and letting it leak online. He was subsequently fired. Interesting story about privacy, corporate policy and bad decision-making.
On the topic of decision-making, it appears likelier that sexual preference is not a decision. According to the Mercury News, scientific evidence shows that there are some other genetic markers showing that being gay is biological. Also, gay men are more prone to left-handedness. It feels like people have been saying that for a long time and thus refer to bisexuals as switch hitters. Clever.
Some interesting news out of New Zealand. The New Zealand Herald reports that there is a likelihood for women who have had an abortion to suffer from mental health problems. It's hard to make any jokes about smoosh-smortion, so we'll just wonder if the ordeal of the procedure is so mentally scarring or if people with a little bit of a screw loose are just likelier to become unwantedly pregnant.
Sometimes life hands you lemons and you make whatever juice you choose to. The Daily Bedpost answers a reader's question about being the girl on top with her parapalegic boyfriend with a product suggestions. So, if your legs are getting too tired from having sex on top (as a woman), check out the Bodybouncer. Could be a good Christmas gift.
Speaking of Christmas gifts, how much would it cost to really show your 'true love' how much you care? According to the Associated Press, it would run you about $86,000 to provide all of the gifts from "The Twelve Days Of Christmas." How about a just using that money to buy a house?