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So, It's Come To This: Avengers Themed Sex Toys

This is a line of conceptual Avengers themed sex toys. One for each member. <i>Member</i>, LOL. Whatever, if I'm twelve then you're eleven. Hit the jump to …

Totally Weird Baby Products

Wandering Book Artists Gypsy Wagon

Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists from Northern California who have been spending the last year traveling around the U.S. in a handmade gypsy …

Why Freud Still Matters, When He Was Wrong About Almost Everything

He’s been dead for nearly 70 years, but Sigmund Freud’s provocative theories are still a huge part of psychology, neuroscience, and culture — this …

Psychology

Bitcoin is real money, says US district court

Bitcoin's status as a form of unregulated virtual money doesn't mean it's not subject to US currency laws, a federal district court has found. In a published decision from August 6th, Judge Amos Mazzant ruled that the SEC's case against an alleged Bitcoin Ponzi scheme master could go forward. …

Decades After Henrietta Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

Morning Edition talks with NIH's Dr. Francis Collins<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>The family of the late Henrietta Lacks finally got the chance to weigh in on how scientists use cells taken from her — without consent — more than 60 years ago.<p>The National Institutes of Health and the Lacks family …

Should we care that smart women aren't having kids?

It seems that women these days are too clever for their own good, at least when it comes to making babies. Research emerging from the London School of Economics examining the links between intelligence and maternal urges in women claims that more of the former means less of the latter. In an ideal …

Tongan princesses cause outrage by both marrying 'commoners'

Two Tongan princesses have left the royal family in "disarray" after snubbing tradition and opting to marry commoners.<p>Princesses Salote Lupepau'u Tuita, sixth in line to the throne, is marrying a former rugby player, while her younger sister, Princess Frederica Tuita, who is tenth in line, is …

Royal Family

Misogyny runs so deep in this society, it is even used against abused children

"The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced." So said the prosecution lawyer, Robert Colover QC of the Crown Prosecution Service. He was not even the defence lawyer, but the lawyer representing us, the state. Because the 13-year-old victim had been abused before, that …

Cleveland House Of Horrors Comes Down

Ariel Castro's house in Cleveland where three women were held captive and raped for about a decade will be demolished this morning.<p>Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed on May 6.<p>Brian Bull of member station WCPN reports that electricity at 2207 Seymour Ave. was turned off after …

This Is Not Just A Story About Prostitution

First, a word of warning: This story features photos about prostitution. But under the surface, it's more than that. It's a story about photographic access, and how a friendship led to an intimate portrayal of a taboo subject. These are not just photos about prostitution; they're photos about a …

Russia's new neo-Nazi sport: terrorizing gay youth online

Last year, a teenager named "Alexei" (not his real name) was aimlessly surfing the web from his home in Moscow when he came across a curious collection of YouTube videos. Each clip featured different people, but they all followed the same basic script: a middle-aged man enters the scene expecting …

Cramped Or Not, I Want To Live in These Tiny Japanese Houses

Land can come at a premium in Japan, especially in big cities. For urban dwellers, sometimes the only option is to build small. Real small.<p>In …

Japan

Why rabbits have white tails

Why should an animal that wants to avoid being eaten have a bright white patch on its rump?<p>Rabbits are one of the many animals that have the …

Word of Mouth: Ojai

The light in Ojai is a beautiful thing to behold. Nestled in the mountains above Santa Barbara, Ojai is a distance from the glorious coastline, but it has charms all of its own. As the sun sets, the bluffs along the Topa Topa mountains begin to glow pink, and the small agricultural towns nearby, …

Lego Architecture Studio

There's no denying that the Lego Architecture series serves as an excellent excuse for big kids to get their hands on a classic children's toy. Just like those days of Lego Star Fighters; you diligently follow each step, patiently trying not to skip ahead until you're done. But a puzzle that comes …