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More attractive waitresses get more tips – “Well no shit, Sherlock” science

I’m not writing about a disease this week. I know this, you don’t have to comment and chide on me about it. It’s not because I’ve run out of diseases to write about, but because my brain doesn’t work in a particularly directed kind of way sometimes. This is what it came up with this week.

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I was reading my feed the other day and an article called “Having oral sex increases likelihood of intercourse among teens” came up. Naturally, the first thing that came to mind was “No shit”. The second was “How could someone get paid for researching this? With people dying everyday from both curable and incurable diseases, how can you justifiably look at what teenagers do with their private bits, then publish the completely obvious results?”.

The study showed that teenagers who engaged in oral sex by year 10 had a 50% chance of losing their virginity by the end of year 11, compared to 16% of teens who didn’t have oral sex by year 10; an obvious conclusion to anyone who went to high-school.

This study isn’t alone in the obviousness of its results (Thanks to NCBI ROFL for making compilation of this list easier):

Mind = blown (Picture taken by Wade Shiell)

Scientists usually take their money from taxpayers to do their research. So, do these studies that show ridiculously obvious conclusions deserve your money?

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Genital warts – Death through immortality, immortality through death

Ok, I was typing up a quick Wednesday post, but I ended up not very happy with it and tore it up. So I’m just going to post up a previous DotW that I wrote for On Dit. It is also being syndicated here at Science Creative Quarterly, which you should also check out.

Spurting viruses from your crotch

I’ll start by saying warts irk me out. Perhaps not as much as jellyfish, but they’re up there. It really sucked researching and looking up pictures for this topic; I hope you all appreciate it. In fact, appreciate it even more that I didn’t include any pictures of any warts in this article.

Nevertheless, science is not about personal preference or being irked out; it’s about the truth, even if it makes you mildly nauseated. You must accept it warts and all, one might say. Not me though, I would never stoop to such a base level of humour. Continue reading

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Bedbugs – Evolutionarily sanctioned stomach rape

Merry Christmas edition of Disease of the Week. Christmas disease actually exists. It’s a form of genetic haemophilia, i.e. patients with Christmas disease have blood that does not clot very efficiently, which means they tend to bleed a lot. You need your blood to live. Turns out bedbugs also need your blood to live. Segue!  

The bunk-beds of a backpackers' in France. Much sex has probably occurred in these beds, a lot of it may have included stabbing through abdominal walls. (Picture taken by Thomas Tu)

Disease has many definitions. Here’s one: a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms (from Merriam-Webster)1. Depending on your definitions of “condition”, “normal functioning” and “symptoms”, many things that fit this definition are not traditionally considered to be diseases. This means we can pretty much write about what we want in this blog, if we wrangle it right. Keeping this in mind, I will talk to you about bedbugs this week.

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Syphilis – or how love drives people crazy

You've just hovered your cursor too long here, you now have syphilis

Someone (I’ve forgotten who) gave me Syphilis for my birthday (Picture taken by Thomas Tu)

Craaaazy for feeeeling… someone else

Syphilis is a well-known STD (sexually transmitted disease) because it has a funny-looking name and because it infected an estimated 11.8 million people in 1999 alone. Its street names include: “The Syph”; “The Great Pox”, distinguishing it from the other pox that was going around, smallpox; and “Disease that your mum has #17”.

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