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My most read posts in 2013

top_5_pedestal_1600_wht_6489The people behind WordPress provide me with an annual report complete with lots of statistics.

First, last year I published 115 new posts, many of them re-blogged from other interesting sites – so thank you fellow bloggers.

Secondly, I also know that October 29 2013 was my busiest day and that my blog is read in 123 countries with most readers in the USA, the UK, and Canada.

My most read posts, in reverse order, were:

5th – Gorillas (and other great apes) you might have missed

4th – Ogling breasts no substitute for the gym

3rd – Apples and Pears – what fruit is your bum? This was the 2nd most popular both in 2012 & 2011

2nd – Women in uniforms

and first, for the fourth year running, Blushing – do men find it attractive

There seems to be a pre-occupation with women’s appearance here! Just saying..

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Ogling breasts no substitute for gym

well-endowed femaleMany men’s hopes would have been raised this week with the story that researchers in Germany had discovered that  10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female was the equivalent of 30 minutes in the gym.

Sadly this is just an urban legend. The story sounds credible referring to a paper published in an American medical journal by researchers in Germany working with 200 men over a 5 year period.

Half of the men were put in the experimental group and told to look at busty females for 10 minutes each day and the other half put in what psychology experimenters call the control group and told not to.

Now we should have got suspicious at that point, after all asking men not to look is a clear invitation to do just the opposite. And wouldn’t you be a bit pissed to find you had been allocated to the control group?

The “results” showed that the breast oglers had lower blood pressure and resting pulse rates and fewer instances of coronary heart disease compared to the abstainers.

This was supposedly due to the sexual excitement causing improved blood circulation. The “researchers” claimed that it cut the risk of strokes and heart attacks by half and could lengthen a man’s life expectancy by as much as 5 years.

Perhaps if the research had been carried out in the Czech Republic where boob jobs are offered to nurses as part of their retention package the story might have held up a little longer.