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Awkward-looking people have better luck on dating sites

Or, at least, people that some people find awkward-looking. A new study suggests that men and women who are universally found attractive — the Brad Pitts of the world — get fewer messages than men and women considered gorgeous by some and odd-looking by others. People are more likely to reach out to someone if they think there will be less competition — or so the theory goes. In any case, getting your dating-profile pics professionally Photoshopped is probably a bad idea.

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A Canadian man is suing a penis-enlargement company

A man in Canada is suing the company that sold him the X4 Extender Deluxe Edition penis-enlarger, claiming that it didn’t work, despite promising effects in a matter of months. In court, the man will argue that he used the penis pump for “over 500 hours” and that his penis is still small. Which sounds like a terrible mix of embarrassing and painful.

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Penis museum will soon display a human penis

After a several year wait, the Icelandic Phallological Museum will receive it’s first human specimen, from a donor who passed away several days ago. The museum owner is happy to have the addition to his collection, which has over ninety, uh, pieces — from mouse to sperm whale. He also says the man’s penis was nicknamed “Elmo.”

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Penthouse to unveil 3D-porn channel

Keeping abreast (sorry) of technological trends, Penthouse will kick off a 3D-porn TV channel in the next couple of months. Because what’s even cooler than sitting in your living room watching porn on your giant TV? Doing it with 3D glasses on.

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Scientist urges NASA to study sex in space

A California scientist has urged NASA to research space sex, space conception, and of course, space babies. A mission to Mars would take years and years, and it’s naive to imagine that, in those years on the shuttle, sexual relationships wouldn’t develop. So, the study argues, it’s best to be prepared. For space babies.

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One third of Japanese teen boys have no interest in sex

A new study, conducted by the Japanese government, says that over one third of men between the ages of sixteen and nineteen — maybe the horniest of all ages — either have no interest in sex or are averse to it. Which is pretty relevant, since right now, Japan has one of the lowest birthrates in developed world — clocking in at 1.21 — miles below the two-and-a-bit needed to keep the population from shrinking. The fairly conservative Japanese government is now faced with an unusual problem — how to make the populace start having more sex.

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American Apparel returns to porn, pubic hair

American Apparel is once again at the brink of bankruptcy. To save his company’s often-visible ass, CEO Dov Charney has resorted to his usual tricks: naked girls. The only notable difference this time is the presence of very visible, unshaven pubic hair — which is a trend we’re fully behind. That aside, the company remains thoroughly annoying.

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Pakistani write sex-ed book for orthodox Muslims

A Pakistani doctor is drawing fire this week for writing a sex-ed book geared towards orthodox Muslims. His argument is twofold: nowhere in the Koran is truthful, honest discourse about sex discouraged. Moreover, a generation of young Muslims has been driven to depression, unsafe practices, and sometimes suicide from all their anxiety about sex. Since this book sounds totally sensible, it’s not surprising that absolutely no one agrees with him.  

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Argentina fashion show premieres condom dress

At this year’s Mar de Plata fashion show — the most important in Argentina and perhaps South America — the runway star was the condom dress. I know what you’re thinking — that sounds terribly impractical, what happens if you have to go to the bathroom? But no, it’s a bunch of condoms just sewn together. Not just a big one draped over your head.

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Netherlands to start taxing prostitutes

The Dutch government has plans to begin levying a tax on prostitution. In characteristically Dutch fashion, no one seems to mind — prostitutes are workers and so ought to pay taxes like any other. In totally unrelated news, Holland weathered the recent recession much better than almost any country on earth, which could in no way be a lesson to the United States. It’s obviously far better to keep pot and prostitution out of sight, mind, and the big government’s pockets. So what if we’re broke?