You Can Spend Your Retirement Wasting Away Again in Margaritaville

Parrotheads everywhere rejoice -Jimmy Buffett's famous Margaritaville restaurant chain will soon have a retirement home equivalent. Unsurprisingly, the senior-housing development will be built in Florida -Daytona Beach, to be specific. 

Known as Latitude Margaritaville, the home's residents will have access to the same amenities as traditional retirement communities, including a gym, pool and recreation programs, but also food from the Margaritaville restaurant chain, a beach shuttle and live music performances which will inevitably include a number of Jimmy Buffett impersonators.

The community’s 6900 homes will have access to a gym, a pool, arts and education programs, a beach shuttle, and a 200,000-square-foot shopping center. Model homes will be available in 2018. 

I think I know where my mom will be spending the rest of her retirement. If you're like her, you can sign up for updates on the official website.

Via Mental Floss


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A Sneak Peek at Marvel's Iron Fist

Comic book fans are eagerly awaiting the debut of Marvel's newest TV series. Marvel's Iron Fist, starring Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick, is set to premiere on March 17 on Netflix. To add to the excitement, Netflix has released a collection of still photos showing some images from the show and the behind-the-scenes production work. If you're an Iron Fist fan (or a superhero fan at all), they'll give you an idea of what to expect from Marvel's Iron Fist. See all the pictures at TVOM.


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These People Are Clearly Not At One With Mother Nature

Mother Nature has an extremely high record of success, and the vast majority of her creations are so good they're able to survive and thrive on Earth for millennia.

But every once in a while Gaia's creations forget they're supposed to coexist in harmony with the rest of the animals on Earth, and some poor, dumb human pays the price.

It's not surprising Mother Nature's feral children have adopted an "attack first, ask questions later" policy when it comes to people, considering how much damage humans have done to Ma Nature's home.

But you'd think domesticated animals would have learned to be nicer to humans by now, considering we breed them, feed them and give them something better to do than walk around scrounging for food all day!

See 35 People Who Are Clearly Not One With Mother Nature here

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What Color Are These Strawberries?

We know that strawberries are red, or at least they should be, so that's what we see. Professor of Psychology Akiyoshi Kitaoka (previously at Neatorama) created this image of strawberries that contains no red pixels at all. This is an example of color correction in our brains. We essentially filter out colors that make no sense to us in order to see things as they should be. Carson Mell isolated the colors found in the strawberries, and none of them are red.

It's easier to see the color of the berries in this image. Cover the strawberries with your hand to get a better look at the color bar at the bottom.

An article at Motherboard explains what's going on in your brain when you see a picture like this.

"If you imagine walking around outside under a blue sky, that blueness is, in some sense, color-contaminating everything you see," explained Bevil Conway, an expert on visual perception from the National Eye Institute. "If you take a red apple outside under a blue sky, there are more blue wavelengths entering your eye. If you take the apple inside under a fluorescent or incandescent light without that same bias, the pigments in the apple are exactly the same but because the spectral content of the light source is different, the spectrum entering your eye that's reflected off the object is different."

Since all this color contamination from light sources isn't really useful (it would be super confusing if a ripe banana looked yellow in the morning but green at midday, for example), our brains have evolved to color correct. It allows the colors we see to look the same no matter the lighting.  

 -via Digg

(Image credit: Akiyoshi Kitaoka‏)


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Scientists Have Come Up With A Way To Make Bread Out Of Cockroach Flour

It's hard for most Americans to imagine a time when there won't be enough wheat, rice or whatever with which to make flour, but should this apocalyptic scenario ever become a reality the roaches will run rampant.

And since cockroaches are the ultimate survivors just like humans we'll probably be forced to consider adding cockroaches to our daily diet.

That's why scientists Andressa Lucas and Lauren Menegon from the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil are working on a way to turn cockroaches into a flour that's actually better for us in some ways than wheat flour.

Their cockroach flour contains 40 percent more protein than wheat flour, and it's high in essential amino acids, lipids and fatty acids, making it a perfect fit for a balanced and healthy diet.

And while the cockroaches they used aren't the kind we see running around in the city this idea of turning insects into flour may work just as well with any other kind of insect- so they're studying whether flour can be made out of crickets and mealworms as well.

Read Meet the Scientists Who Are Making Bread with Cockroach Flour here

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Florida Man Is Banned From Ordering Pizza After Being Arrested For Prank Calls

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Adults who make crank calls once in a while are just playing around, but an adult who uses five different phone lines to crank call pizza joints on a daily basis for three weeks straight is has a real problem with pizza!

The scraggly man in the photo above is Randy Riddle from Sebastian, Florida, and he has been convicted of crank calling several pizza parlors in his town to the point of felony harassment:

Over three weeks of watching Riddle, police say that Riddle placed numerous calls for pizza and then refused to pay, ordered pizza to fake addresses, or simply called the pizzerias to tell them their food sucked.

He allegedly used five different phone numbers to carry out his campaign of pizza terror and cost the restaurants at least $667.

While Riddle was doing all this, the 49-year-old also apparently made a number of harassing calls to the police department, city hall, and the Department of Health to complain about these same restaurants.

Now Randy isn't allowed to call pizza places anymore or his bail bond will be revoked and he will go straight to prison for one of the stupidest crimes of all time.

Where's the Noid when you need him?

-Via BuzzFeed


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The Day Ringo Starr Got Death Threats -for Being Jewish

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

 It was September 8, 1964. The Beatles, the most popular act in all of show business, were in the midst of their 1964 summer tour, their first major tour since achieving international stardom. This to be the U.S.-Canada leg of the tour; the boys had just played September concerts in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, before moving on to Canada and their concert in Toronto the previous day.

All was well on the tour so far, the Beatle routine was rolling smoothly along as usual- the fainting, the crying, the hysterical teenaged girls, the screaming fans, the 30-minute or so concert by the Fab Four, the mad exit of the latest city and on to the new stop for more of the same.

The Beatles' day started with the boys' morning arrival at Dorval Airport in Montreal. It was raining and 5,000 rain-drenched fans had waited patiently to catch a glimpse of their mop-topped idols. There were 117 Royal Canadian Mounted Police were on-site to control the crowd.

Unfortunately, the Beatles were quickly swept away in two minutes flat because of the bad weather, leaving the expectant fans disappointed. But this was small potatoes compared to what what coming next.

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This Photoshop Wizard's Skills Are Most Impressive Indeed

Most of the digitally altered images you see online are simple composite images created by cutting subjects out of one photo and pasting them into another.

So when someone who actually knows how to use a digital tool like Photoshop to its fullest show off their skills the difference is night and day.

Digital artist Max Asabin is really good at cutting people out of boring photos and transporting them to more intriguing places, creating a seamless composite image with a whole new mood.

See Artist's Impressive Photoshop Skills Transport Anyone Into A Different Scene here


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It Doesn't Add Up

Sigh. When you watch a movie, especially an animated fairy tale, you have to lock in your suspension of disbelief. You can't really expect every detail to make complete sense when a man turns into an animal, a clock is talking, and the local bully eats six dozen eggs. That's like an argument I read regarding The Walking Dead about Carl aging faster than Judith. That's a rather small bit of absurdity in a world where rotting corpses roam the earth looking for someone to eat. This is the latest comic from Megacynics. 


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D1G1TAL L0V3 - Robo-Romance Is So Mechanical!


D1G1TAL L0V3 by AnishaCreations

Spring is the season when people, animals and even robots fall in love, and since robots are about 10 to 15 percent springs it makes sense for them to fall head over footplate for another bot. Their creators see robot love as a destructive virus infecting their AI, so roboticists are always trying to recode their robotic creations so they can no longer feel this potentially destructive emotion. However, thanks to the efforts of the group Robots Are People Too, and robo-dating websites like Metal Match and Droid Harmony, it won't be long before robotic lifeforms are allowed to love one another freely. But humans hooking up with robots, now that's just plain sick!

Celebrate the rise of free love in the robotic community with this D1G1TAL L0V3 t-shirt by AnishaCreations, it's so heartwarming you'd have to be made of steel to not see the appeal!

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Pheasant Island Is Sometimes In France, Sometimes In Spain

The 1.5-acre Pheasant Island is in the middle of the Bidasoa River, which is the border between France and Spain. It's the place where the the 1635-1659 war between France and Spain was officially ended with the Treaty of the Pyrenees. The nationality of the island itself is the result of a compromise, but not a case of joint ownership. From February to August, Spain has control of Pheasant Island. From August to February, it is part of France. For over 350 years, custody has been ceremonially handed over twice a year. Read more about this peculiar arrangement at Conde Nast Traveler.  -va Digg


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Expectations Vs. Reality Memes Help Us Learn To Deal With Disappointment

For every craft cynic there are a hundred hopeful crafters who see art life through rose-colored lenses, people who don't yet know crafting disappointment is around every corner.

To me a crafter's high hopes are just waiting to be shot down by the mediocrity missiles and arrows of awfulness that are constantly flying through the air, so it's better to rise slowly before you soar.

But don't let me slather paste and newspaper strips all over your high hope balloon, shoot for that blue moon and keep on craftin'! Just make sure you can handle the project before you cut up your favorite pair of jeans, or the project may expose your inner cynic.

See 59 Times Expectations Failed To Meet Reality here


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What's the Worst Thing to Put on a Pizza?

This pizza looks like it has a lot of toppings on it. What kind of pizza could it be? If you thought fish pizza was bad, take a look at this.

I have to wonder if Air-ic was trying to be funny, or if he really ordered this. And ate it. You do not want to go to Twitter and see the images posted in response to this Tweet. People wanted to make it clear that they felt sick at the thought of pizza with peas and mayonnaise. -Thanks, John Farrier!

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Artist Carves Pearls Into Cool Skull Beads

What do pearls and skulls have in common? Each pearl has an unique shape, color and calcium content, just like the human skull!

This correlation inspired Japanese artist Shinji Nakaba to carves skulls and cherubic faces out of pearls, creating beads that are simply to die for.

Shinji's carved pearl sculptures are taking the natural beauty of the pearl to a new level of cool, and it's truly amazing how many fine details Shinji is able to carve into each tiny piece.

Shinji is a master of sculpting in miniature, and whether he's sculpting a skull or a realistic head he gives each piece a distinct personality that matches the pearl.

-Via Dangerous Minds


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Robot Cat

Robot Cat is a lethal humanoid mecha controlled by an adorable but ferocious kitten. Robot Cat rescues animals and seeks revenge on animal abusers! However, the robot doesn't always function at peak efficiency in this video by Sylwester Wardęga (previously at Neatorama). 

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English captions are available, but not really necessary. You'll need to turn them on if you watch the making-of video, which is in Polish. It's quite funny, and you get to see more of the kitten. -via Metafilter

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Tries In-N-Out For The First Time

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson adheres to a strict diet in order to maintain his incredible physique, that means eating less carbs, lots of lean proteins and healthy greens.

But Dwayne is known to devour whole pizzas, dozens of donuts and stacks of pancakes on his cheat days, so he's still a foodie at heart.

And he's spent plenty of time in Los Angeles since he started acting in the late 90s, so it's surprising that he only recently rolled through In-N-Out for the first time.

Dwayne took this selfie with the excited In-N-Out employees who introduced him to burger heaven, and now I see some epic In-N-Out based cheat days in Dwayne's future!

-Via Uproxx

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Why You Shouldn't Let Your Cat Watch Star Wars

You always thought your cat was just begging for love in a pesky, annoying way when he circles around your feet. As this Oatmeal comic proves though, he actually watched Star Wars and believes he finally found a way to take down his oppressors. 

Via Nerd Approved


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Why Does Bacon Sometimes Turn Green?

Have you ever opened up a pack of bacon only to find it looking a bit too green for your liking? Green bacon seems gross and inedible, since we most commonly associate green with mold and spoiled food, but the green in bacon is no big deal.

It's called nitrite burn, and it's caused when the preservative nitrite reacts with the blood protein myoglobin, causing the red pigment in the blood to turn green.

Bacon has a distinctly awful smell when it spoils, so trust your nose and you'll know when your green bacon has actually gone bad and when it's just feelin' the (nitrite) burn.

-Via mental_floss

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Official Jurassic Park T-rex Trophy

Those deer head trophies on your buddy's wall will look wimpy compared to a trophy head of a genuine Jurassic Park T-rex! Sure, it will cost you $650 when they become available later this year, but it will be worth it to take the wind out of your buddy's sails, considering he probably bought his deer head, too.  

The 1/5 scale bust was created using an original casting of a female T-Rex from Stan Winston Studios, which built all of the animatronic characters for the blockbuster film. It is also finished with a custom paint job by artist Steve Riojas, who was responsible for matching the animatronic’s skin textures and colors. The bust measures 19-inches long, and is currently available for pre-order for a whopping $650 with an expected release during the 4th quarter of 2017.

Then again, it is a movie tie-in. They should pay the customer for the advertising. -via TVOM


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Marvel Comics Versus Marvel Movies

Thanks to various licensing issues the Marvel Universe as a whole has been unable to come together on the big screen, which is sad.

It's also sad how many comics you have to buy each month to keep up with the Marvel Universe, and that Spidey has yet to get the perfect movie adaptation he deserves.

Dorkly's George Rottkamp took a stab at defining some of the major differences between Marvel comics and the movies in this strip, proving the difference almost always involves money.

-Via GeekTyrant


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Kamala

Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager struggling with the pressures of growing up in an immigrant family, but in her spare time, she's Ms. Marvel, the crime-fighting superhero!

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Come for the story, stay for the over-the-top special effects in this fan film by Anita Kalathara and Landis Aponte. -via Rizal Farok
 


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Build A Snowman - This One Appears To Have A Few Screws Loose


Build A Snowman by Brinkerhoff

If you wanna build a snowman then you'd better build him fast, because the frozen flakes of winter are about to melt into puddles of Olaf water and send that carrot nose afloat like a canoe across a pond. If you don't know how to build one just consult one of the many easy to follow charts on snowman building that Elsa created after her original Olaf build was such a big hit. But should you consider trying to build a snowman as big as ol' Marshmallow remember this- it takes an awful lot of fire to put down an unruly mountain of ice!

Keep cool all year round with this Build A Snowman t-shirt by Brinkerhoff, it's the well put together way to show love for animated features and the art of constructing people out of snow and twigs.

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This Girl's Selfies Show What It's Like To Be A Third Wheel

Being a third wheel in your best friends' relationships really sucks, and yet the couples don't see it because they're too busy being all lovey dovey to care about your loneliness.

Third wheels need something to do while their couple friends canoodle, so this lonely gal started taking selfies to show off how hard she's third wheelin' it with her best friend and her BFF's BF, err, fiancee.

She calls herself Third Wheel Extravaganza for good reason- because her friends make her feel like a third wheel even when they're on the phone with their boyfriends!

See Woman Documents Her Life As Third Wheel In Hilarious Selfies here


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The 24/7 Lectures

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

transcribed by David Kessler, Improbable Research staff

As part of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, four of the world’s great thinkers were invited to give 24/7 Lectures. Each 24/7 Lecture was on an assigned topic. The lecturer was asked to explain that topic twice:

FIRST, a complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS; and THEN a clear summary that anyone could understand in SEVEN (7) WORDS.

The time and word limits were enforced by the Ig Nobel referee, Mr. John Barrett, and by the Ig Nobel NSFW Indicator, noted New York Attorney William J. Maloney.

This article provides the complete transcripts of the 2016 24/7 Lectures.

Topic: Clock Genes

Lecturer: Rich Roberts (Nobel Laureate, Biochemist at New England Biolabs)

Complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS:

“The original Circadian Locomotor Output Cycles Kaput, or CLOCK, gene encodes a basic helix-loop-helix-PAS transcription factor called CLOCK that is one of a family of genes that control circadian rhythm in mammals. More than 20 genes are involved, with such catchy names as “Period” and “Cryptochrome.” The products of many of them are…” [Time called by the Referee]

Clear summary that anyone can understand, in SEVEN (7) WORDS:

“Clock genes are responsible for jet lag.”

Topic: Duck Genital Morphology

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Odd Yet Beautiful Houseplants You May Not Have Heard Of

Indoor plants add some life and color to your interior spaces, and contrary to popular belief they don't just sit around doing nothing all day because many plants help improve air quality in your home.

And if you're going to let a bunch of lazy plants sit around the house all day you might as well bring home an odd and interesting looking bunch!

The "Wine Cup" variet of Crassula umbrella looks really cool on the counter, or if you like a plant that's less of a reach then the "Donkey Tail" Sedum Morganianum at the top of the post may grab you.

But if you want to go for full blown bizarre then you need to add a Trachyandra tortilis to your home.

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This rare plant is native to South Africa and look like something Dr. Seuss drew, but it takes them a few years to get to this point so you may want to pick up a full grown one if you can find it. Happy plant hunting!

See 10 Strange But Beautiful Houseplants You Never Knew Existed here


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Tour of South Pole Station

The coldest place in the world has pretty decent accommodations. Kate Miller gives us a tour of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

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The latest version of the station is surprisingly big. Considering that shifts are six month long, and the sun only rises once and sets once a year, the staff can use all the amenities they can get. If you don't have the time to watch the whole video, the living quarters are in the first half, and the work spaces are in the second half.  -via reddit


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Which One's The Doppelganger?

When a Doppelganger emerges from the shadows and attacks the Original they've replicated that person's world is turned upside down, and they're forced to fight themselves for survival.

Then Somebody Else shows up and tries to tell the difference between the two, and the whole thing turns into a game of "Pick me! No, pick me!" until one gets dropped.

But, as this Maximumble comic shows, if the Somebody Else who shows up is a total bore then death by doppelganger it is!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Self-Righteous Devils: What Ozark Vigilantes of the 1880s Reveal About Modern America

Vigilante groups have been part of the American landscape since the nation was first settled. When crime is rife, and government is ineffectual, corrupt, or nonexistent, citizens will take over to enforce their idea of justice. But when vigilant groups become powerful, they can end up as corrupt as any government. Such was the fate of the Bald Knobbers. See, the population of the new state of Missouri was divided along political lines during and after the Civil War, and the locals in power did not tend to uphold the law for their political opponents or against their allies. However, the Bald Knobbers' tactics (and name) were appropriated by other groups with other goals. Dr. Matthew J. Hernando, author of Faces Like Devils: The Bald Knobber Vigilantes in the Ozarks, tells the story of the Baldknobbers.   

“All U.S. vigilante groups are in some way a representation of the American value of self-government,” Hernando said. “We are a society that was founded, at least in part, on the firm belief that the people have the right to create their own institutions of government, what is referred to as the ‘right of revolution,’ expressed right there in the Declaration of Independence. If the government is not doing what it’s supposed to, if it’s not protecting the people’s liberties, if it’s not serving the people’s interest, we have the right to rise up and replace that government. The problem is, you cannot do that on a continuous basis and have a stable society.”

Some scholars have traditionally defined vigilantes as groups of middle- and upper-class men who want to reinforce “law and order.” However, Hernando points out that several vigilante groups were founded by members of poor, disenfranchised classes hoping to gain the economic or political power they didn’t have or to restore traditional morals. Inevitably, most groups fighting lawlessness by going outside the law become the corrupt criminal element they were trying to tamp down in the first place.

In addition to the Bald Knobbers, Hernando tells us about the North and South Carolina Regulators, the White Caps, Las Gorras Blancas, the Deacons for Defense, the Ku Klux Klan, and other vigilant groups of varying notoriety, in an article at Collectors Weekly.


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Last Night's Other Oscar Flub You Might Not Have Heard About

By now you may have already heard about how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a Steve Harvey at last night's Academy Awards and announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner despite the fact that Moonlight actually was supposed to take home the title. But that wasn't the only embarassing mistake at the event -the in memoriam segment also featured a picture of someone who is very much still alive. 

Australian film producer Jan Chapman was shocked to see her image used in the reel rather than the image of her collaborator, Janet Patterson, who died in October. On the upside for Chapman, she is not only alive and well, but also getting a lot of publicity from the mistake. You can read more about the producer at Heavy.

As a side note, If you haven't see the Best Picture mixup yet, you can see the whole trainwreck here (skip to the 1:50 mark to see the frantic faces in the background as the awards staff tries to fix the mistake):

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Immodest Proposal: Sex Breaks During the Workday

Why are these women smiling?

A city councillor in the town of Overtornea, Sweden, has proposed a regulation that would give workers an hour-long break during the day in order to have sex. Per-Erik Muskos made the motion Monday, and says that the exercise is good for the workers, sex is good for the relationship, and the break would benefit peoples' overall well-being.

Muskos admitted there was no way to check whether workers would actually use the hour for its intended purpose.

"You can't guarantee that a worker doesn't go out for a walk instead," he said, adding that employers needed to trust their employees.

But Muskos said he saw no reason why the motion wouldn't pass. On top of the health benefits, he said the sex breaks would also solve the area's low birth rate.

"This means that childbirth should be encouraged," his motion states, as reported by Swedish newspaper Kuriren. "When sex is also an excellent form of exercise with documented positive effects on well-being, the municipality should kill two birds with one stone and encourage employees to use their fitness hour to go home and have sex with their partner."

While it's doubtful that such a break would make much difference in the birth rate, employees will probably love the idea. In other countries, people would be shocked that a government body is concerned with the well-being of workers. -Thanks, John Farrier!  


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