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- The world's oldest sex ed video that dates back to 1917 is now available on a two-DVD set -- and it's a real gem. "Whatever A Man Soweth" and "The Mystery of Marriage" uses animals, insects and plants as a crutch to help explain human sexuality. The opaque explanation is interspersed with shots of couples kissing (inexplicably) near stacks of hay.
- Putin is not an Abba fanatic and frankly he prefers the Beatles. After an Abba tribute band claimed they played a private performance for the prime minister last week, Putin denied the allegations, and his spokesman said that he was "sorry to disappoint" the band but "Mr. Putin is more of a Beatles fan than an Abba one."
- Cyber hedonism sounds like a fun time but experts use the term to slander young people who use the internets for pure enjoyment -- movies, music, porn, etc -- rather than for their edification. The online youth movement was huge for Obama's grass-roots campaign but will the heightened political consciousness among the nation's youth simply dissolve into porn-addled hedonism? Our view: You betcha.
- Beer cans, aluminum pots and nylon stockings are some of the recycled materials used to make prosthetic limbs in Thailand, where demand for prostheses is high as a result of land mines, diabetes and birth defects. The average cost of a prosthetic leg is between $10,000 and $50,000 in the U.S. By using recyclables, a prostheses below the knee can cost about $28 to make.
- Twitter may in fact prove to be useful application and not just the hotbed for narcissists that it is currently. Now, household appliances send alerts via Twitter. One company is developing a moisture sensor attacked to a circuit board that sends a tweet through a built-in Ethernet port when it needs to be watered.