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December 12, 2019

VIDEO: Chinese Kid Kicks Car That Knocks Down His Mother On Zebra Crossing

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Road rage or aggressive driving is one of the major causes of traffic accidents in China.

A major chunk of accidents on roads are caused by distracted drivers - especially those operating mobile phones while driving - and this is only getting worse, not just in China, but all over the world.

More recently, a CCTV footage of car knocking down pedestrians on a zebra crossing, has sparked fury online.

In the video that's going viral, a mother and her son are taking the crosswalk when an SUV drives past them without a care in the world and knocks them down.

Furious after what happened, the little boy checks to see if his mother is injured before kicking the front of the vehicle, and shouting at the driver.

Following the collision, the driver leaves his vehicle and tries to help the injured woman into his car, presumably to take her to a hospital.


This incident took place in Chongqing, China, and the police have determined that the driver was fully responsible for what happened; he was most probably distracted while driving.

According to a 2015 study, China was one of the top countries in terms of road rage - the country recorded more than 17 million road accidents in just a year. That's mind-boggling!

[ By India Times ]
December 12, 2019

Man Left Horrified After He Pulls Out 32 Feet Tapeworm From His Butt

tapeworm

In what can be described as a terrifying incident seemingly straight out of a Stephen King horror novel, a man pulled out a 32 feet-long tapeworm out of his body while using the restroom.

According to a story published in Mirror UK, 44-year-old Kritsada Ratprachoom, thought that something was “sticking out of his bottom side” and pulled it out.

The man, hailing from Udon Thani in North eastern Thailand, described the tapeworm to be sticky and stretchy, the report stated.

"I felt like I wasn't finished defecating like something was left," Udon Thani was quoted as saying.

He added, “Turns out there was something sticking out of my bottom.”

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Kritsada, who is a freelance photographer by profession, took a few pictures before flushing the parasite down the toilet, the report revealed.

According to him, he had just finished dropping his child off at school and ran some errands when he realised he had to rush to a washroom.

Unfortunately for him, he felt a wriggling in his stomach and got up to see what it was.

The report cited him as estimating the work to be 32 feet long.

Tapeworms are much like ribbon-like worms that can survive inside the stomach, if a person has accidentally swallowed their eggs or newly hatched worms.

The man, however, had no idea how the worm reached his gut.
[ By News18 ]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

December 11, 2019

Study Linking Profanity To Honesty Shows People Who Curse Are More Authentic

angry women, profanity, cursing

The next time someone tells you to watch your language, feel free to tell them to fuck off.

Sure, swearing is considered poor form in certain settings—like courts, classrooms, and most offices. But people who do it may be more trustworthy, according to a new three-part study analyzing swearing and straightforwardness in individuals and society.

“The consistent findings across the studies suggest that the positive relation between profanity and honesty is robust, and that the relationship found at the individual level indeed translates to the society level,” concludes the final paper, set to be published in the journal of Psychological and Personality Science this year.

Gilad Feldman of the Department of Work and Psychology in Maastricht University in the Netherlands led an international research team whose goal was to resolve a conflict in social science, which is split on the matter of swearing and straightforwardness. On the one hand, using profanity is taboo and people who do so may be more inclined to break other social norms, including committing crimes of dishonesty—and so swearing has been associated with moral turpitude, the paper explains. On the other hand, blurting curses is positively associated with authenticity in certain situations—for example, people accused of crimes who are actually innocent are more inclined to swear during interrogations than those who are guilty and denying their crime, other studies have found.

In an effort to settle the debate, the researchers first studied individual profanity by asking 276 individuals to report how commonly they curse, list their favorite swear words, and explain what emotions they associate with swearing (like anger, embarrassment, or anxiety). Then, these individuals were asked about their honesty in a rather roundabout way—they were surveyed about their reliability, among other things, using a version of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire, a standard psychological model developed in 1985. Those who made certain claims—for example that they always do whatever they said they would—were deemed liars based on this particular scale

profanity, cursing

Next, they analyzed about 70,000 social media interactions between international participants, assessing the presence of profanity in status updates against other measurements of honesty online, such as frequency of use of words like “I ” or “me” which have been associated in previous studies with lack of forthrightness. “Profanity and honesty were found to be significantly and positively correlated, indicating that those who used more profanity were more honest in their Facebook status updates,” the researchers write.

Finally, the team analyzed profanity on a societal level. To do this, they looked at the 2012 Integrity Analyses of 48 US states (a measure of transparency and accountability in state governments conducted by the Center for Public Integrity). They took the state data and compared it to individual swearing scores of state residents in their Facebook study (29,701 participants), finding a correlation between frequent cursing in residents and the state’s integrity score. For example, in Connecticut and New Jersey, individuals swore frequently but their states also scored highest on the integrity analysis. Meanwhile, in South Carolina individuals politely avoided profanity, but the state also scored low in governmental integrity and openness.

“We set out to provide an empirical answer to competing views regarding the relationship between profanity and honesty,” the researchers write. “In three studies, at both the individual and society level, we found that a higher rate of profanity use was associated with more honesty.”

That said, they caution against now assuming that the potty-mouthed are all-round angels. Dishonesty in the study was limited to “conscious creation of a false sense of reality” but didn’t address true ethics. So, people who curse like sailors may still commit serious ethical crimes—but they won’t pretend all’s well online.

[ By Quartz ]
December 11, 2019

Man Claims His Farts Can Kill Mosquitoes Six Meters Away

Joe Rwamirama

A Ugandan man whose farts can allegedly kill mosquitoes six meters away claims to have been offered deals by companies looking to turn his flatulence into commercial insect repellent.

Joe Rwamirama, a 48-year-old man from Kampala, in Uganda, says he eats ordinary food and that his farts smell no worse than anyone else’s, but to insects, like malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, the gas he passes is deadly. Joe’s insect-repelling farts are famous around town, and people know that whenever he is around, mosquitoes magically vanish. Some say that the man’s farts have evolved to fight mosquitoes.

“He is known all over the city as the man who can kill mosquitoes with his farts,” local barber James Yoweri told Talk of Najia. “When Joe is around we all know that mosquitoes will vanish. He is respectful of people around him and will only fart when there are mosquitoes around which bring malaria. His farts gets rid of this disease.”

“I heard about Joe’s gift and I took him in to help mop out the mosquitoes infesting our surroundings,” a local chief said. “He respectfully drops these bloomers and it helped eradicate the insects. He does his thing and they drop – like flies.”

Rwamirama, who does odd jobs for a living, went as far as to claim that his farts are strong enough to knock out insects in a six mile radius, which would make his fallout zone larger than that of the atomic bomb which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.


“I smell like a normal man and I bathe daily and my farts are just like everyone else, they are only dangerous to small insects and especially mosquitoes,” Joe insists.

The Ugandan man now dreams of having his insect-killing farts turned into a commercially-available repellent. “Imagine buying a Raid can with my face on it!” he told reporters. However, the companies he claims already contacted him about it have yet to confirm his statements.

[ By Oddity Central ]
December 11, 2019

Astronomical events in December - including ‘King of Meteor Showers’ and Solar Eclipse

Astronomical events in December

If you’re a fan of stargazing, you’ll be happy to hear that there are several astronomical events lined up for December.

This month we’ll be treated to not just one, but two meteor showers, as well as an annular solar eclipse.

We’ll also welcome the official start of winter with the December Solstice, which is taking place on December 22 this year.

Best of all, most of the astronomical events this month will be visible with the naked eye, so there’s no need to fork out on expensive equipment to get involved!

Here’s everything you need to know about December’s astronomical events, including when they are and how to see them.

 Full Cold Moon

December 12 - Full Cold Moon

The astronomical events will kick off on December 12, when a Full Cold Moon will appear in the sky.

This phenomenon takes place when the Moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun, meaning its face is fully illuminated.

This particular full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon, because it takes place at the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark.

Geminids Meteor Shower

December 13-14 - Geminids Meteor Shower

If you’ve always dreamed of seeing a shooting star, you’ll be happy to hear that you’ll have two opportunities this month.

The Geminids Meteor Shower is often referred to as the ‘King of Meteor Showers’, and will peak on the evening of December 13.

During the peak, there can be up to 120 multicolour meteors per hour, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see one!

For your best chance of seeing one, try to head to an area with little light pollution such as the countryside.

Ursids Meteor Shower

December 21 - Ursids Meteor Shower

If you miss the Geminids, thankfully you’l have another chance to see shooting stars in December, thanks to the Ursids Meteor Shower.

This shower will peak on the evening of December 21, at which point there will be around 5-10 meteors per hour.

While the meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, they can appear anywhere in the sky - so keep your eyes peeled!

 December Solstice

December 22 - December Solstice

We’ll officially welcome winter in on December 22, thanks to the December Solstice.

On this day, the South Pole of the Earth will be tilted towards the Sun, which will have reached its most southernmost position in the sky.

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the first day of winter, while for those in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the first day of summer.

Annular Solar Eclipse

December 26 - Annular Solar Eclipse

The final astronomical event of the year is an annular solar eclipse, which will take place on December 26.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from Earth to completely cover the Sun. This means a ring of light will appear around the darkened Moon.

Unfortunately for us Brits, the event will not be visible from the UK, and will only be seen from southeast Asia and parts of the Indian Ocean.

[ By Mirror ]
December 11, 2019

Smelling Your Lover’s Shirt May Make You Less Stressed

smelling, sniffing

Men were chosen to provide clothing samples because they tend to produce more scent, says lead author Marlise Hofer, a PhD student in the department of psychology. Women, meanwhile, have a naturally better sense of smell. After the shirts were worn for 24 hours, they were frozen to preserve any scents that were left behind.

The women in the study were then asked to smell a T-shirt that had either been unworn, worn by their partner or worn by another man they did not know. Immediately afterward, they were given a mock job interview and a difficult mental math exam designed to evoke stressful emotions. They also answered questions about their stress levels and provided saliva samples to measure levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

Women who had smelled their partner’s shirt reported feeling less stress both before and after their interview and exam, compared to those who had smelled an unworn shirt or a stranger’s shirt. Those who were able to recognize their partner’s scent also had lower cortisol levels than other women in the study, suggesting that the stress-relieving benefits may be greatest when a person is aware of what they’re sniffing.

Women who smelled a stranger’s scent, on the other hand, had higher levels of cortisol before and after their stress tests. “Humans have developed to fear strangers, especially strange males,” says Hofer. “It’s possible that a strange male scent triggers the fight or flight response, even without us realizing it.”

Hofer says she and her co-authors would like to study the connection between scent and stress in other ways, including whether men would have the same reaction to a romantic partner’s scent. A man may be less likely to wear his girlfriend’s shirt while she’s away, says Hofer, but he may still sleep on her side of the bed or smell other items that belong to her.

smelling, sniffing

“I know I’ve personally seen men smelling the hair of their partner when they’re standing behind them,” she says, “so maybe they just have slightly different behaviors that are accomplishing basically the same thing.”

It’s not yet clear whether the smell of certain products—like perfume, shampoo or men’s body spray—would trigger similar stress reductions in romantic partners. “We’d have to do more research to see if people exposed to familiar scents they associate with their partner have the same response,” says Hofer, “or if this is something unique to our natural body odors.”

The researchers say that their findings could suggest an easy way to lower stress levels when traveling or taking on solo challenges: Take an article of your partner’s clothing along. They’re also interested in studying scent-and-stress connections between parents and children.

“Being separated from young kids can be very stressful for both parties,” says Hofer. “If we can make it easier to leave your child at daycare for the first time or train them to sleep through the night without you, this could have very practical implications.”

[ By Time ]
December 11, 2019

Philippines Likely to Finalise BrahMos Deal by Next Year

BRAHMOS

The Philippines is set to become the first country to buy the BrahMos cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia, with New Delhi and Manila focusing on price negotiations with the aim of concluding a deal in 2020, people familiar with the discussions said.

India has been in talks with several countries, including Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, over the past few years to sell them land and sea-based versions of the supersonic cruise missile.

The people cited above said the Philippines Army had zeroed in on the BrahMos after extensive trials and everything now revolved around the cost of the system and financing for the deal.

“As far as the Philippines Army is concerned, the consensus on the BrahMos system is a done deal. Now, it’s all about the price negotiations and we hope the deal will be finalised next year,” said a person familiar with the negotiations who declined to be named.

The cost of the system will be the key factor in Manila’s decision on the number of units to be purchased to equip the Philippines Army’s first Land Based Missile System Battery, which was raised and activated in October, the people said.

Though India has offered a $100 million line of credit to the Philippines for defence purchases, Manila is exploring the option of acquiring the BrahMos system with its own funds to be allocated in the next budget.

“Various options are being looked at – whether it should be internal funding or a preferential loan – and whether there will be some preferential terms offered for the sale. The cost will determine how many systems are bought,” said the person cited above.

BRAHMOS

The Philippines Army’s decision to opt for the BrahMos became evident when a mock-up of the land-based version of the missile was displayed at an expo in Manila on December 5. The missile was displayed mounted on a truck launcher system and a chart outlined the Philippines Army’s development road map for the first Land Based Missile System Battery.

The chart said the battery had been activated and its personnel would undergo special courses on rockets, missiles and training simulators to be prepared for inducting the missiles. The chart also said: “Equipment: For acquisition of LBMS (BRAHMOS).”

The chart showed the Philippines Army expects the battery’s personnel and equipment to be ready and for all the equipment to be acquired by 2024.

It also showed the army expects the battery to be fully capable of defending the Philippines against external threats by 2028.

In recent years, the Philippines has concluded several deals with India for personal protective items or bulletproof gear and armour plating for military vehicles.

An Indian firm has also bid for a recent Philippines tender for bulletproof gear.

BRAHMOS

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Philippines in 2017, the two sides signed an MoU on defence industry and logistics cooperation to provide a framework for strengthening cooperation and coordination in logistics support and services, and in the development, production and procurement of defence hardware.

In July, Thailand ambassador Chutintorn Gongsakdi had told HT his country was hoping to conclude negotiations on the purchase of the BrahMos missile by next year. He said Thailand is eyeing “important purchases” of Indian military hardware, including coastal radars and the BrahMos.

India is also exploring the possibility of selling the BrahMos to Indonesia, and a team from the Indo-Russian joint venture that makes the system visited a state-run shipyard in Surabaya in 2018 to assess the fitting of the missile on Indonesian warships.

Talks have also been held with Vietnam for the sale of the BrahMos, which was developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture set up in 1998. The Indian Navy inducted the missile on its frontline warships in 2005 and the army began inducting the BrahMos from 2007 after a series of tests.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

December 10, 2019

Women Do Better When They Have A Group Of Strong Female Friends, Study Finds

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Madeleine Albright once said, "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." It turns out that might actually be a hell on Earth, because women just do better when they have other women to rely on, and there's research that backs it up.

A study published in the Harvard Business Review found that women who have a strong circle of friends are more likely to get executive positions with higher pay. "Women who were in the top quartile of centrality and had a female-dominated inner circle of 1-3 women landed leadership positions that were 2.5 times higher in authority and pay than those of their female peers lacking this combination," Brian Uzzi writes in the Harvard Business Review.

Part of the reason why women with strong women backing them up are more successful is because they can turn to their tribe for advice. Women have to face different challenges than men, such as unconscious bias, and being able to turn to other women who have had similar experiences can help you navigate a difficult situation. It's like having a road map for your goals.

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It's interesting to note that women in leadership positions who lacked this style of support system didn't make as much as the women who did. "While women who had networks that most resembled those of successful men (i.e., centrality but no female inner circle) placed into leadership positions that were among the lowest in authority and pay," Uzzi writes. Men and women have different needs, and that even extends to their tribe.

But it's not just in the workplace. A 2006 study found that women who had 10 or more friends were more likely to survive the disease than women who lacked close friends. The study found socially isolated women were 64% more likely to die from cancer, and 43% more likely to have a breast cancer reoccurrence. Friendship is literally the best medicine.

Never underestimate the power of a group text with your girlfriends. Having a place to commiserate over sexism and support other women with goofy gifs when someone succeeds can enrich your life on all fronts.

[ By Upworthy ]
December 10, 2019

Last Full Moon of the Decade Rises on 12/12 at 12:12 AM

full moon

If you’re a stargazing enthusiast who lives on the east coast of the United States, it’s time to grab your binoculars—the last full moon of the decade is taking place this week.

For east coasters, the moon is set to hit maximum exposure at exactly 12:12AM on December 12th.

Astronomers all over the world will still be able to catch a gorgeous glimpse of the moonrise, but its full illumination will take place at a less superstitious time than 12:12AM on 12/12.

That being said, stargazers in the central US time zone can still catch the moonrise at 11:12PM on December 11th, which makes for a palindromic timestamp.

This particular full moon has been called the “Long Night’s Moon” or the “Cold Moon” because its occurrence in December usually precedes the start of winter on the 21st, meaning that the nights will start getting longer and colder and the moon will sit above the horizon for a longer period of time.

If you want to prepare for this week’s moonrise, be sure and check a moonrise calculator as well as your local weather radar for cloud cover predictions. For more general information about the moonrise, you can also check out the Farmer’s Almanac.

Monday, December 9, 2019

December 09, 2019

Why Do People Film Others in Distress Instead of Helping Them?

Bystander effect

The video shows an older man on a New York City subway platform, struggling against a gush of filthy water that has forced him to the ground. Finally, he makes it to his knees and looks directly at the camera, as if in accusation: Why didn’t you help me?

After the clip went viral, people on Twitter wondered the same thing. “Drop the phone and help that man?” one person asked. “We are so much better at documenting the things we might have helped out with instead,” another said. It’s a familiar indictment of the social media age: We’d all rather record a clip for likes than actually do some good in the world. But the knee-jerk reactions to this clip — and plenty like it — may actually have things wrong. (Not for nothing, the clip itself also ends with someone walking toward the man; it’s possible he was ultimately helped.) Research shows the presence of cameras makes people more likely to intervene when they see someone in danger — not less.

It’s easy to see where the negative assumptions about uncaring “bystanders” comes from. Most people probably think of Kitty Genovese, a young New Yorker who, in 1964, was stalked, stabbed, and murdered outside her Queens apartment building while (supposedly) 38 people watched. The myth around the Genovese case is that none of these witnesses helped, and it’s from this story that the concept of the bystander effect — which suggests people are less likely to help someone if they’re around other people — was launched into the collective consciousness.

But that isn’t what actually happened. While initial reports said Genovese was attacked three times before her eventual death, the real number of attacks was two. And there weren’t 38 witnesses who stood idly by. In reality, there were probably more like 12 people who heard suspicious noises, according to a New York Times obituary of the murderer. Nor did they all stand by and do nothing — two people called the police, and one elderly woman held Genovese as she lay dying.

So, yes, there were people who were likely aware of the attack on Genovese and chose, for whatever reason, not to intervene. But there were also people who did do something to help. (If you want to learn more about the Kitty Genovese story and ensuing myths, I highly recommend this Inverse article about its impact on science, and an episode of the excellent podcast You’re Wrong About that delves into the story.)

Bystander effect

This isn’t to say that the bystander effect doesn’t exist — it’s just more complicated than some of the original thought made it out to be. A 2011 meta-review of research on bystander effect found that people are more likely to intervene when a situation is clearly an emergency — such as when someone has fallen to the ground and cried out after being robbed — in part because in such a situation, it’s clear beyond a doubt that someone actually needs help. In most situations, men are more likely to assist than women, primarily because men feel more physically capable of making a difference. And acquaintances are more likely to step in than strangers.

But when you factor in cameras and phones, things get even more interesting.

Linus Andersson is a lecturer in media and communication studies at Halmstad University in Sweden, who with his colleague Ebba Sundin is in the process of securing funding to research why people film instead of help. Though Andersson has no concrete answers on why this might be the case, he has some ideas.

Filming gives people agency when they might otherwise feel unable, or unwilling, to step in and lend a hand.

Filming, he says, “seems to be a very immediate way to come to grips with [an event]. It gives you the sense of doing something — instead of just being passive, you become some kind of active witness.” Filming gives people agency when they might otherwise feel unable, or unwilling, to step in and lend a hand.

And while there isn’t a lot of existing research on why people feel the urge to film a crisis with their phones, there is some literature suggesting that people are more likely to help when a camera is present. Marco van Bommel, an assistant professor of organizational psychology at the Open University in the Netherlands, has conducted research on how the presence of cameras affects bystanders. In one study, from 2013, he and his fellow researchers created two situations: one in which someone stole money from another person in the presence of bystanders and another in which someone stole money from another person in the presence of both bystanders and a security camera. People were more likely to help when there was a camera present, the study found.

Van Bommel conducted similar research looking at online interactions, and found that when users had a webcam on them or felt like they were being watched or observed in some other way, they were more likely to provide needed support than if they didn’t feel they were being observed.

A more recent study backs up van Bommel’s findings. The researchers reviewed security camera footage of 219 violent situations in the U.K., the Netherlands, and South Africa, and found that, in 90% of cases, at least one person attempted to intervene. The study’s most surprising finding was that the more people were present at the event, the more likely it was that someone would step in. That directly contradicts the traditional theory of bystander intervention, in which people are less likely to help in a crowd.

Van Bommel says that he and his researchers speculate that, generally, people will be more likely to help in situations in which they feel like they’re being watched. “Sometimes there is something in the direct environment that helps them feel responsible again,” he says. These are called “accountability cues,” and van Bommel says they can be cameras, nametags, mirrors, or any other condition in which a person feels watched or reminded of their power and responsibility. “We think that when people are feeling accountable, they suddenly think more about their reputation and how it will look when they perform a certain action or fail to act at all,” he says. “To me, it seems likely that the camera on a smartphone can function as an accountability cue.”

People will be more likely to help in situations in which they feel like they’re being watched.
In other words, if a security camera or a webcam will make a bystander more willing to hop into a situation and lend a hand, the same theory likely applies to smartphone cameras, as well.

Bystander effect

Which brings us back to a lingering question about the man nearly swept away in the subway station: Why did the bystander whip out their phone to record a video rather than wade into the water to help the victim? No direct research has been conducted on why people decide to document accidents and crimes rather than intervene, but there are a couple of good theories.

“I have had some conversations about this, where people indicated they felt filming was important for basically eyewitness purposes, i.e. helping the police with tracking down a criminal,” says van Bommel. “This may sound bad, but there is also another component to this: People who experience something bad may feel stressed, shocked, etc., and they need to relieve this by sharing their feelings and experiences with their friends.”

Van Bommel points out that, unless you were actually in the situation, it’s difficult to accurately judge how you would respond. If for whatever reason you’re not sure that the man in the water needed your help — though judging from the video, it appears that he did — research suggests you’d be considerably less likely to offer.

Further, if you don’t feel physically capable of helping — if you’re small, or a woman, or otherwise doubt your physical capabilities — you’re not going to feel comfortable enough wading into swiftly moving water on a subway platform to help someone. You might feel that you’re of more value on the sidelines, documenting the event so people have proof that the subway station is in a dangerous state of disrepair.

There is one situation for which we have evidence that a phone is a hindrance, not a help, and that’s when the bystander is having a phone conversation. A 2013 study found that people were less likely to assist a subject wearing a leg brace who had dropped a stack of magazines if the bystander was on the phone. The study authors suggest that this could be because talking on your phone fulfills the need to belong, because you’re already engaged — and, thus, feeling a sense of belonging — to the person you’re talking with.

It stands to reason that more research needs to be done on how the presence of a phone affects bystander behavior. If the presence of cameras — which most phones now have, not to mention the oppressive ubiquity of security cameras — encourages bystander intervention, but talking on the phone decreases the likelihood that you’ll help someone, where are we left? It’s hard to say, but we’re probably not as “heartless” as pessimists would have us believe.

[ By One Zero / Medium ]
December 09, 2019

VIDEO: Babae Kinidnap sa may Paseo De Roxas

VIDEO: Babae Kinidniap sa May Paseo De Roxas

Kinumpirma ng Makati Police ang nangyaring kindnapping sa may Paseo De Roxas na nangyari bago mag hatinggabi ngayon, ayon kay Makati police investigations chief Major Gideon Ines.

Makikita sa video na sumisigaw ang babae ng "tulong" habang isinasakay sa sasakyan.

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December 09, 2019

Love and Career 2020 Horoscope Prediction

Love and Career 2020 Horoscope Prediction

For all the signs of the zodiac, it will be most important to have enough time and space for self development. Developing relationships, integrating with colleagues and getting new contacts and friends will be useful for every zodiac sign.

Hand in hand with the basic task of 2020, goes to work, career, business, or study. We are inevitably rushing into the year when it is necessary to step out of our safe secession and engage in cooperation with others. Do not worry, the opportunity to shine and show what everyone can do. It just wants to know the right moment when your priority will be needed. Be aware that your superiors are just people and try to establish friendly relationships with them.

Aries

Career
The already mentioned changes in the year 2020 will, of course, affect your career too. If you are unhappy in your job, and if you are looking for a new one, the year 2020 is perfect for making a great change! However, you should think of your financial situation first. It is not adviseable to leave your current job and then realize that you do not have enough money to be easy and look for a new one. First of all you should put aside some money. Before you leave your current job make sure that your dream position is 100% yours!

Love
The year 2020 will be full of love and friendship for all people born in the sign of Aries. If you already have a partner the year 2020 promises a stronger, more exciting and much more affectionate than ever before. If you are not seeing anyone it is the right moment to meet someone new. Go out to the streets, visit new places and try new things! The year 2020 is convenient to start a family. If you want to have a baby the year 2020 is perfect! If you are in an opposite situation make sure you have taken all the necessary measures not to conceive. No matter if it is old or new relationships you should always listen to your heart.


Taurus

Career 
Taurus horoscope for 2020 warns you that your professional life might get a bit more complicated. It is sometimes hard to stay calm when you know that you are right and your boss is wrong. If you do not want to have problems in your job you must find a way how to tell your boss gently what you feel, without offending or insulting them. The year 2020 means increased work on your professional relations, especially if you want to succeed. You will have to find a way to present yourself better so that you can move on.

Love
Your time is coming! 2020 means love for everybody born in the sign of Taurus. If you are looking for love you are getting closer to the finish. If you already have a partner, there is a high probability that your relationship will get much deeper and more serious. It will be full of sexual attraction. Your relationship you can reach a new stage or you can start experimenting and trying new things. If you are planning to start a family you should postpone it until next year, or leave it for the end of 2020, which is more convenient for planning a family. If you are looking for love, you should search in places you are familiar with. If you want to make new friends then visit unexplored places where you can meet new people who will show you new, interesting things.


Gemini

Career 
In 2020, people born in the sign of Gemini will enjoy tranquil financial stability. Thanks to that fact you will be able to get rid of all the unnecessary stress and you will be able to focus all your mental energy on things you love. Your tranquility will help you in your professional career. It will not take long and your superiors will notice your tranquility and relaxation. The year 2020 brings you increased ability to focus on self-education and on things that will help you proceed in your career. Perhaps you will think that such a slight progress is just a small thing but you will see how important it is in the upcoming years!

Love
The Gemini horoscope for 2020 tells you that you can expect a new impulse – both in love and love affairs, and in friendships. If you are single at the moment now it is the best time to start searching for a new relationship. Do not look for love among friends and acquaintances. There is a much bigger probability that you will find your soul mate in somebody completely new. Do not be afraid to go to placs where you have never been before. The more places you visit the more likely you will find your true love. If you already have a partner you can expect something completely new and unexpected! It may be a marriage proposal but also a family planning. People you meet during the year 2020 will be your best friends for many years.


Cancer

Career 
During the year 2020 you may start to think that your job or business is all your life. At the beginning of the year 2020 things will move faster than usual. Fortunately, you are full of energy and you should handle everything without a problem. Use all your energy on things that matter at the moment. Focus it on your job and projects you are working on just now. The year 2020 is neither convenient for changing your job nor career advancement but if you have a chance to get a better job there is no need to worry that you will not get it. With your enthusiasm and energy you can perform more work or even earn more money but be careful. Money is not everything and you also have to find time to relax and to see your family and friends.

Love
The horoscope for 2020 brings you a prediction full of romance and love. If you already have a partner you can expect the most beautiful period of your relationship. People around you will consider you interesting and mysteriously appealing. That will reflect not only on your relationships full of passion and romance, but also on your relationships and family and work relations. In 2020, people born in the sign of Cancer will be much more passionate, sexy and attractive. Let yourself be carried away with the time flow that will take you safely through the whole year 2020. Do not get too emotional and do not try to solve unnecessary problems. Simply enjoy time spent together with your loved ones.


Leo

Career
The horoscope for 2020 brings good news! This year will please your wallet. You may expect great job opportunities. Do not be afraid to accept them! You may be a bit stressed because of a bigger amount of work and new projects but on the other hand your hard work is definitely worth it in the long-term time perspective. Despite all this do not stay at work longer than necessary. Try to speak to your superiors as much as possible. Who knows? Good relations with your superiors may ensure you their support in a lot of new, interesting projects. It really is worth it!

Love
If you are in a long-term relationship you can expect a slight slowdown. Even though you may think your relationship is stagnating, it is the best thing that could happen to you. Your relationship is slowly but surely getting stronger and it is getting to a new stage. If you have been thinking about big changes for a while, such as life together, a marriage or even a baby, then do not hesitate. The time has come to make your dreams and desires come true. If you are really thinking of having a baby the year 2020 is very convenient. On the contrary, if you are not planning a baby at all, make sure you have done everything possible not to be unpleasantly surprised. If you are single, you can expect a lot of love romances and opportunities. Be watchful!


Virgo

Career
It is well known that Virgoes are very hard-working. If they set a goal they are strongly determined to achieve, there is nothing that could stop them. The horoscope for 2020 predicts that they can expect great things in their professional career. At the beginning of the year you will be more busy with work than you really want, but then things will slow down and your work will spread evenly over a longer time horizon and as a result you will be able to handle it with ease and the result you get will be exceptional.

Love
If you are single the year 2020 will bring you many more opportunities to meet your perfect partner than in the previous years. You will have the same advantage in case of building new friendships and meeting new people – both in your personal and professional life. You may think it is strange that you are doing so well in relationships but believe that you deserve it. You get on well with people and you always find the right words.


Libra

Career
The year 2020 will be full of major opportunities to develop your body and soul. In general, people born in the sign of Libra want to learn new things and in 2020 they will be very good at it. If you are a student at school or if you self-study you will definitely feel that you are able to learn much more easily. Your memory is able to absorb much more information in a shorter period of time. Take advantage of this situation and try to learn a new language or take a course and improve your skills in the field you work in. Do not be afraid of a training course or a retraining.

Love
If you have a partner it is time to talk and see how far you have reached in your relationship and what you want to do next. The year 2020 is full of changes and new beginnings. Of course, it does not mean you have to break up with your partner. A new beginning can also mean a new period in your life, such as life together, a marriage or a baby. If you are unhappy in your relationship maybe it is right time for a new beginning as a single person or with somebody new. For single people there is an endless scale of various options and opportunities. Be careful not to make a wrong choice. Listen to your heart and inner voice that will lead you to your true love.


Scorpio

Career
If you want to be as successful as you are used to you will probably have to work much harder in 2020. Do not worry, though, that your hard work will remain unrewarded. Do not forget that in your job you need to be a real professional at any cost. You can successfully accomplish everything that is expected from you and you will even be able to do some extra work. If you manage, in addition, to be kind and responsive to your superiors and colleagues, your chance to succeed is almost guaranteed!

Love
The year 2020 favors the prepared and single Scorpios know that. If you are single, 2020 is an ideal year for looking for a new partner but also for finding true love! The only thing you have to do is to leave the safe zone of your well-known surroundings and comfort. Try new things, visit new places and try your luck with online dating. Do not ne too mysterious. Instead of that try to be honest, even though it involves revealing some of your secrets. If you already have a partner, try to be more open to them. Do not forget about compromises. Make sure that your partners understands your needs just as well as you understand theirs.


Sagittarius

Career
The horoscope for 2020 suggests that your work will be more challenging than in the previous years. Your efforts to achieve a great project will take most of your time and concentration. You should focus your energy on fulfilling this goal. Despite that do not letanything – especially stress – eliminate you from the game. Even though it is very likely that you will be pretty busy in your job, there is a high probability that you will get a completely new work offer – either in your current job or business, or from a new, unexpected source. Make sure you will treat your colleagues and superiors nicely and kindly. Try to behave as calm and friendly as possible, and your efforts will be paid off in the future.

Love
The love horoscope predicts that you will be accompanied with emotions and strong mental energy throughout the whole year 2020. Your emotions may complicate some of your work decisions but in love matters emotions are welcome. Follow your heart and do not let anything lead you astray. It is time to stop planning and start taking action! Do not be afraid to be spontaneous. You may fall in love with somebody who had already been in your life but went away for some reason. Maybe it is not a bad idea to give a second chance to your ex-partner. If you already have a partner, relax and surprise them with something exceptional!


Capricorn

Career
The work year 2020 will be quite challenging for all Capricorns but there is no need to be afraid of it. The fact that everything happens at a slower pace means that you will have more time for work and for dealing with potential work disputes or opportunities. It may happen that you will have to work more harshly than usual, but on the other hand you will feel much more self-confident and you will abound with creative ideas. Always when you think you have had enough you will feel a blast of beneficial energy that will help you deal with the situation.

Love
If you have a partner, the horoscope for 2020 brings you a calm, stable and quite balanced cruise. Make sure you are able to handle your own shortcomings just to avoid unnecessary conflicts, and at the same time try your best to accept your partner´s natural imperfections. Accept the fact that you have less energy than your counterpart and try to reach a compromise. Sex and pregnancy may not be a priority in 2020 but if it helps your love life, there is nothing to fear about it. If you are single, start slowly work on yourself because your dream partner is just about to come. If you are looking for a romantic, be emotional and be true to your feelings.


Aquarius

Career
In previous years, it sometimes happened that you neglected some of your work duties to keep your dynamic, extravagant lifestyle. However, if you want to have enough money for your future adventures, you will have to change your finacial strategy and find a job that will financially cover not only the year 2020, but also the next years. You will have to put away a piece of your careless self and become at least a bit serious to be able to do your work well, constientiously and professionally. However, whatver you do, do not forget to add a bit of your creative and carefree soul. Your ideas will be appreciated both by your colleagues and your superiors.

Love
Love matters will be a bit more complicated in 2020. However, do not get upset and try to be as patient as possible. You will see that everything go well in the end. Your horoscope predicts that the year 2020 will check out people, partners, friends and relationships. If the love or affection is real, nothing will change it. If your relationship is not really strong, you will stand before a decision whether you want to continue in it or rather say a friendly goodbye. In 2020 relationships can become much stronger or, on the contrary, they can fall like a huse of cards. It depends only on you how things turn out. Whatever the result is you will always be the winner!


Pisces

Career
The professional year 2020 will be as light as a breeze. Pracovní rok 2020 bude pro ryby lehký, jako vánek. You will have much easier conditions and prerequisitions to become friends with your colleagues than in the previous years. Thanks to better interpersonal relations in the workplace your professional life will be much more pleasant and much easier. It is always better to spend most of the day with people you get on well with than with enemies. Throughout the whole year 2020, especially in the second half of it, you will have several opportunities to impress your superiors or business partners. Stars are on your side and you have a good chance that your ideas will be accepted. Do not be afraid to share your ideas!

Love
The love horoscope for 2020 predicts that your love life will be very successful. You will reach the peak of your love life in the second half of the year but the first half will be exceptionaly favourable too. Do not be afraid to show your real emotions to those whom they really belong. Be honest because the year 2020 is favourable to honest people and it will help you find the right words that will enable you to move forward in that direction you want. This year will also help you avoid any friction that could spoil your intentions.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

December 08, 2019

VIDEO: Man Eats $120,000 Banana Taped To Wall at Art Exhibit

Maurizio Cattelan

The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled 'Comedian' and sold to a French collector for $120,000.

In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.

'Art performance ... hungry artist,' he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. 'Thank you, very good.'

Maurizio Cattelan

A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.

But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.

'He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,' Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.


As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.

A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna's stunt.

'This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we're not into spectacles,' Terras said. 'But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people's faces.'

Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called 'America' that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.

The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain's Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.

[ By Mail Online ]
December 08, 2019

2020 Horoscope Predictions

2020 Horoscope Predictions

2020 is all set to bring positive changes for all Zodiac signs. Hence, your 2020 will surely be full of positive vibes and happiness. The astrology forecasts for 2020 predict that the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) will experience a lot of excitement, the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) will exhibit logical moves and the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) will be focused on progress. The Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) will observe an awakening which will help them find success.

New beginnings are always exciting and we know that you are eagerly waiting for the 2020 Horoscope Predictions. Towards this, our team of experienced astrologers offers you a detailed analysis of your 2020 astrology horoscope.

While the horoscope 2020 promises good times ahead, there are things that may not be under our control and we may have to be more conscious about it. This is why we are here to help you with our 2020 Astrology Predictions.

The 2020 forecasts and predictions will be incomplete if we do not mention about the transits and retrogrades during the year. What will Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu transit in 2020 bring for you? The 2020 astrology report highlights the effects of these transits and makes you future-ready to embrace the favourable times and overcome the unfavourable period.

Once you roughly know about the problems beforehand, you can begin dealing with the things that might hamper your progress. Our 2020 Horoscope Predictions will help you out with that.

Your astrology forecasts for the year 2020 predict that you will look at the positive sides of the future. The 2020 Horoscope will include detailed forecasts and predictions about the upcoming year for each Zodiac sign. Our expert astrologers are here to make your life simpler by suggesting detailed remedies for your problems along with your 2020 astrology forecasts.
 Horoscope 2020 for Aries
Horoscope 2020 for Aries:

As per 2020 astrology forecasts you will be heading towards something big this year. This is because of the debilitated Jupiter along with Saturn and Mercury which are in the last of the earth sign, Capricorn, and are positioned in the tenth house. This alignment and positioning means that you will achieve something huge, especially on the occupational level.


Horoscope 2020 for Taurus
Horoscope 2020 for Taurus:

Saturn is housed in its sign Capricorn. While Jupiter and Mercury appear to be slightly weak in the 9th position, there is nothing to worry about. On the contrary, the positioning of planets is favoring you as they are seen to be progressing by leaps and bounds. If you put your heart and work hard towards your goals, you might experience some stark changes.


 Horoscope 2020 for Gemini
Horoscope 2020 for Gemini:

In the Gemini Astrology 2020, from March 23 onwards, Saturn will be seen moving through the ninth position. In this period, you shall find peace of mind and satisfaction. All the efforts that you have been putting in from the beginning of the year will start reaping benefits to your liking. And why won’t they? After all, hard work always pays off! At the same time, your spiritual inclination is about to get deeper and serious.


Horoscope 2020 for Cancer
Horoscope 2020 for Cancer:

Your Cancer Horoscopes 2020 says that, as Saturn and a weak Jupiter, along with Mercury are positioned in the seventh house, it seems to indicate some major changes in your life. As the three major planets move together, they seem to bring with them, a lot of challenges. You will constantly be reminded about the ground reality to keep you rooted.


Horoscope 2020 for Leo
Horoscope 2020 for Leo:

Your Leo Horoscope 2020 says that, at the beginning of the year, the Sun, who is the king of the Zodiac, seems to be ruling your sign. The union of major planets is seen to be positioned in the sixth house. This means that major changes could be expected. But along with changes, come newer challenges as well. Challenges could either be in terms of finances or on the work front. But what’s important to know is that nothing is lost.


Horoscope 2020 for Virgo
Horoscope 2020 for Virgo:

As your planetary positions are studied, it can be said that the year 2020 holds some great news for you. A major development has been predicted in terms of your personality. Your Virgo Horoscopes 2020 says that progressive forces are working their charm and can keep you on your toes. As Mercury enters Gemini from around mid of May, the career-oriented and business people seem to have a gainful time coming their way.


Horoscope 2020 for Libra
Horoscope 2020 for Libra:

The presence of major planets like Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn in the fourth house denotes that a major change is in the offing. So, get ready to ride the train of success. According to the Libra Horoscope 2020, everything you ever dreamt of might come true. Your hard work and talent will take you places. Financially, things will start looking good. Even your career is all set to take a leap. However, you are reminded that nothing compares to hard work.


Horoscope 2020 for Scorpio
Horoscope 2020 for Scorpio:

According to the Scorpio Horoscope 2020, this year you start on a beneficial front. The ruling planet of your sign; Mars, is in such a position that yields progressive occupational and financial growth to those who belong to the sign. One yearns for financial growth to sustain the upcoming challenges of life, no more worrying about this factor for the Scorpio 2020 Horoscope. Here, two important planets; Saturn and Jupiter along with Mercury align with the earth sign Capricorn.


Horoscope 2020 for Sagittarius
Horoscope 2020 for Sagittarius:

According to the Sagittarius Horoscope 2020, the positioning of the planets at the beginning of the year plays a vital role in the overall growth of a person during the entire year. Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury enter Capricorn. However, Jupiter weakens as it enters Capricorn at the beginning of the year. All the planets are in the second house of the sign and the second house is linked with finances and relationships, as per the astrological findings in your 2020 Sagittarius Horoscope.


Horoscope 2020 for Capricorn
Horoscope 2020 for Capricorn:

As per the Capricorn Horoscope 2020, the planetary positions at the beginning of the year play in your favor. The ruler of your sign; Saturn, seems to be aligned with Mercury and a weak Jupiter. They all get together in the first house of your sign. Here, one can say that the positioning of two planets is highly in your favor for they indicate higher growth. Your patience is boosted and you are likely to mingle with a social circle you didn’t feel comfortable with earlier.


Horoscope 2020 for Aquarius
Horoscope 2020 for Aquarius:

As per the Aquarius Horoscope 2020, this year seems to be filled up with adventures and challenges. The ruler of your sign, Saturn, rules Capricorn along with Jupiter and Mercury in the 12th house of your sign. This positioning is predicted to be a tricky one for your sign this year. It can either bring extreme happiness or extreme challenges in your way. You may feel under pressure on the occupational or financial front this year and your progress may be slower than expected.


Horoscope 2020 for Pisces
Horoscope 2020 for Pisces:

According to the Pisces Horoscope 2020, this year your success depends upon the movement of the planets. It is predicted that the movement of Mercury and Capricorn at the beginning of the year indicates that you are to receive greater monetary gains this year. Of course, you need to promptly respond to opportunities that come your way with regards to finance or occupation.

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December 08, 2019

Why People Who Marry Teachers End Up The Happiest

teachers

Teachers may want to consider adding their job description to their dating profile. Pearson, the educational publishing group, surveyed students about what qualities they look for in a good teacher—and the results are awfully similar to what traits people want in a life partner. Teachers (well, good ones anyway) are known for being self-less, kind, trustworthy, and capable of handling anything that life—or a third grader with a good arm—can throw at them. As ThinkAloud.net points out, “marrying a teacher is like hitting the jackpot” with a partner who is supportive, responsible, kind, and compassionate.

teachers

Here are a few reasons that people who marry teachers may just end up in the happiest marriages of all:
  • The best teachers are good listeners who take the time to develop trusting relationships with their students and work to create safe and positive environments.
  • Teachers are responsible. Their job requires that parents trust them enough to hand over young children. They are well organized—planning lessons, meeting state education guidelines, and rarely call in sick. They are responsible for raising the next generation of youngsters—filling young minds with new, big ideas and helping them process the world around them. Having a partner who can handle responsibility is a blessing.
  • Teachers are patient, caring, and kind. They take the time to get to know their students, forgive them when they make a mistake, and help them tackle difficult problems.
  • They can handle almost any situation. Everyone who has sat through first grade knows that teachers know how to solve the hamster’s disappearance, the glue spill, the impromptu haircut, and the sudden-onset stomachache whenever it’s time for math. Marriage is a messy juggling act and having a partner who can help solve any problem is definitely a plus.
  • They are engaging and motivating. Engaging teachers know how to motivate student, can show them how to learn from their mistakes, tap into their full potential, and teach them be their best. Plus, teachers who can, say, make the photosynthesis cycle or iambic pentameter seem interesting could definitely keep the conversation lively—even after 15 years of marriage.
  • Teachers know how to communicate. As most relationship experts will tell you, being able to communicate in a productive way can make it easier to deal with conflict, and build a stronger and healthier partnership.
  • Teachers are dedicated and passionate. Teachers frequently wake up early, leave school late, spend time on weekends, and because so many schools don’t have proper resources, spend their own money to make sure their students have what they need. They do all that while being underpaid. A person who shows that level of passion and commitment to a cause would undoubtedly help cement a strong and lasting relationship with their own partner.
  • Teachers are fun. It’s nearly impossible to spend your life surrounded by children without learning to relax, embracing the amiable side of life, laughing at life’s foibles, and remembering that when the weather’s really nice, recess should be extra long. Having a partner that truly enjoys life is the foundation of a happy marriage.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

December 07, 2019

Thanos Tried Butt Sunning And Burned His Anus

Thanos, Butt Sunning, Josh Brolin

The Hollywood actor was trying out the new 'perineum sunning' trends which is popular with health fanatics at the moment.

Avengers actor Josh Brolin has revealed to his fans that his bum was left “crazy burned” after trying the bizarre wellness trend of “perineum sunning.”

The weird trend sees people exposing the thin area of skin between their anus and private parts to natural sunlight in attempt to boost energy and sleep, and Josh had decided to give it a whirl.

The 51-year-old hunk shared a post on his Instagram profile which had a hilarious photo paired with an even funnier caption, warning others from trying out the trend as he'd ended up burning his area.

Thanos, Butt Sunning, Josh Brolin

Josh, who plays popular Marvel character Thanos in both the Infinity War and Endgame films, wrote: "Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did.


"My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain.

"I don’t know who the f**k thought of this stupid s**t but f**k you nonetheless. Seriously. #blackholefriday."

Josh' post attracted over 180,000 likes and thousands of amused comments from his celebrity friends and fans.

Ryan Reynolds commented: "Bwahahahahahahha!!!!!" while Lee Jeffries said: "When my naivety is a blessing!"

Johnny Knoxville dropped the hilarious comment: "Taint’ that a shame!" and Dave Bautista joked: "Same. Gooch burns a m***af***a".

Thanos, Butt Sunning, Josh Brolin

It comes after a woman from the US recently went viral after claiming that exposing her perineum to sunlight for 30 seconds every morning could boost sleep and energy.

Meagan, from California, posted a picture of herself on Instagram practising what she described as "perineum sunning".

The photo shows her completely naked, laid on her back while holding her feet with her legs in the air and her private area facing the sun.

The self-proclaimed healer, who goes by Metaphysical Meagan on Instagram, said it was part of her "daily rising routine" and that she's even ditched her morning coffee for the practise.

A gynaecologist named Dr Jennifer Gunter has said that exposing your perineum to the sun increases the risk of skin cancer on your vulva.

She warned: “I feel confident when I say the anus and perineum have no special sunlight concentrating abilities.

"You can get melanoma on the vulva and sunburns there are very painful."

[ By Heart ]