Rob Lowe’s Research on Men’s Ratings of Sexual Attractiveness of Adolescent Girls in Bulgaria

Rob Lowe and two colleagues write about their research on men’s ratings of the sexual attractiveness of adolescent girls in Bulgaria. Their study is: “Heterosexual Men’s Ratings of Sexual Attractiveness of Adolescent Girls: A Cross-Cultural Analysis,” Paul Bennett , Rob Lowe, and Hristina Petrova, Archives of Sexual Behavior, November 2015, Volume 44, Issue 8, pp. 2201-2206. The […]

The special DOGS (and Cats) issue is out!

The special DOGS (and Cats) issue (vol. 21, no. 4) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out! Articles include: “Cats and Dogs Research Review“ “Ig and Beyond: Dogs on Faces, Mice on Art“ “AIR Vents (letters from our readers)“ …and more, more, more, including new helpings of “Improbable Medical Review”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, “Soft Is […]

Spine motion during coitus (with commentary on the implications)

Physicists and engineers, among others, might be able to appreciate the care that went into this study of female spine motion during coitus: “Documenting female spine motion during coitus with a commentary on the implications for the low back pain patient,” Natalie Sidorkewicz [pictured here] and Stuart M. McGill, European Spine Journal, Volume 24, Issue 3, March […]

Conscientiousness with Fellatio as a Mate-Retention Activity

Conscientiousness and aggreeableness are key to whether women are able to keep up a relationship with a mate, if fellatio is involved, suggests this new study: “Women’s mate retention behaviors, personality traits, and fellatio,” Yael Sela [pictured here, above], Todd K. Shackelford [pictured here, below], Michael N. Pham, Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 85, […]

Podcast #9: Psychotic security guards

Psychotic security guards figure heavily in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. LISTEN on Play.it or iTunes (or DOWNLOAD it, and listen later). SUBSCRIBE on Play.it or iTunes, to get a new episode every week, free. This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:  Psychotic security guards. (Silva, J. A., G. B. Leong, and R. Weinstock (1993). ‘The Psychotic Patient as Security Guard.’ Journal of Forensic Sciences 38 (6): 1436–40.)  Extracting the wrong tooth. (“The Case of the Wrong […]

Not quite Artificial Intelligence: the mating of junk + mail

The Huffington Post reports another misstep on the road to Artificial Intelligence: “Man Who Tried To Have Sex With Mailbox Found Dead“. (TECHNICAL NOTE: This male-on-mail sex where one participant is alive and the other is not, does not qualify as homosexual necrophilia.) Here’s a medical journal report about a similar, perhaps simpler attempt, 28 years earlier, by […]

A rock, a paper, a scissors, a bunch of lizards

Hannah Fry, in this Numberphile video, tots up the cases of rock-paper-scissors mathematics as applied to lizards: This goes back, more or less, to a sex study published in the year 2000: “Polygyny, mate-guarding, and posthumous fertilization as alternative male mating strategies,” Kelly R. Zamudio and Barry Sinervo, PNAS, 2000 97 (26) 14427-14432. Here’s a photo of rock-paper-scissors/lizards […]

The medical hazard, for him, of being beneath her

“Safe sex” — in its most mechanical aspects — is the focus of this new study: “Mechanisms Predisposing Penile Fracture and Long-Term Outcomes on Erectile and Voiding Functions,” Leonardo O. Reis [pictured here], Marcelo Cartapatti, Rafael Marmiroli, Eduardo Jeronimo de Oliveira Júnior, Ricardo Destro Saade, and Adriano Fregonesi, Advances in Urology, volume 2014, article ID […]

The Specter of the Specter of Internet Pornography

The dire, horrible, brain-damaging effects of pornography may not exactly exist, suggests this study of a study that insists that yes, those effects do exist. The studies are: “Neuroscience research fails to support claims that excessive pornography consumption causes brain damage,” Rory C. Reid, Bruce N. Carpenter, and Timothy W. Fong, Surgical Neurology International, 2011; […]

Squirting, Reviewed by Peering Physicians

Six French doctors took a squinting look at whether and how seven women squirt. The doctors published this study explaining, to some extent, what they did and why they did it: “Nature and Origin of ‘Squirting’ in Female Sexuality,” Samuel Salama, Florence Boitrelle, Amélie Gauquelin, Lydia Malagrida, Nicolas Thiounn, and Pierre Desvaux, Journal of Sexual […]