Tylenol kills much more than pain

A new study suggests the popular painkiller Tylenol does more than reduce pain — it can actually reduce your ability to imagine other people’s pain. Researchers at Ohio State University conducted three experiments on college students to test whether acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and many other prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, affects users’ abilities to empathize with others who are experiencing physical or emotional pain…

In the first two studies, researchers say the college students who had consumed acetaminophen perceived significantly less suffering in others. Dominik Mischkowski, co-author of the study…believes the findings are important in understanding how popular painkillers reduce feelings of empathy…

A third experiment introduced a social gaming component to the study…Again, the group that had consumed acetaminophen rated the pain lower than the control group…

The experiment follows a series of findings about the psychological effects of Tylenol, which researchers now believe influences everything from social empathy and error detection to moral judgments.

Tylenol is considered the most deadly over-the-counter painkiller on the market. Around 78,000 Americans visit hospital emergency rooms annually to be treated for acetaminophen overdose.

Poisonally, I wouldn’t touch it with someone else’s 10-foot pole.

16-legged oral sex doesn’t require 8 people – just 2 spiders

I imagine some get off on just watching

Spider behaviors include oral sexual encounters, Matjaž Gregorič, Klavdija Šuen, Ren-Chung Cheng, Simona Kralj-Fišer & Matjaž Kuntner…The authors, at Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, write:

“Here, we bring [report] on sexual behavior of Darwin’s bark spider, Caerostris darwini. This sexually size dimorphic Madagascan species is known for extreme web gigantism and for producing the world’s toughest biomaterial. Our field and laboratory study uncovers a rich sexual repertoire that predictably involves cannibalism, genital mutilation, male preference for teneral females, and emasculation.

Surprisingly, C. darwini males engage in oral sexual encounters, rarely reported outside mammals. Irrespective of female’s age or mating status males salivate onto female genitalia pre-, during, and post-copulation.”

Daniel Oberhaus wrote an appreciative essay about this in Motherboard.

This adds to the list of species eagerly observed, by humans, to engage in oral sex. Among the very most celebrated: The 2010 Ig Nobel Prize for biology was awarded to Libiao Zhang, Min Tan, Guangjian Zhu, Jianping Ye, Tiyu Hong, Shanyi Zhou, and Shuyi Zhang of China, and Gareth Jones of the University of Bristol, UK, for scientifically documenting fellatio in fruit bats…

I’m not certain if this will ever be made into a movie starring Scarlet Johansson.

She defied neo-Nazis at Swedish march until the police removed her

Tess Asplund
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The lone protest of a woman defying a march of 300 uniformed neo-Nazis is set to become an iconic image of resistance to the rise of the far-right in Scandinavia…A photograph of Tess Asplund, 42, with fist raised against the leadership of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) in Borlänge, central Sweden, on Sunday, May Day, has gone viral in the country.

“It was an impulse. I was so angry, I just went out into the street,” Asplund told the Guardian. “I was thinking: hell no, they can’t march here! I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here, it’s not okay.”

It’s not always clear or easy; but, the core existential value I have always tried to live by is that responsibility automatically, indelibly, irrevocably accrues to someone who recognizes a need. Sometimes, you need to stand up and risk everything for justice.

Tess Asplund is my kind of hero.