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Here is the crater left by the explosion of the Chinese factory at Tanjin.

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There are over five times more studies into erectile dysfunction than into premenstrual syndrome. That’s despite the fact that approximately 19 percent of men experience erectile dysfunction over the course of their lifetime, while over 90 percent of women report some symptoms of PMS.

Studies have found that 90 percent of women suffer at least one symptom of premenstrual syndrome, yet the exact causes and treatments are still a mystery.

In 1931, a condition called “premenstrual tension” wasdescribed for the first time in a scientific study by gynecologist Robert Frank. His advice for women with severe cases of premenstrual tension? Radiate the ovaries, or completely remove them. Fast forward 80 years and the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) hasn’t progressed far from this drastic approach. Yes, as a last resort, women with extreme PMS still opt to have their ovaries taken out. If removing an entire organ sounds archaic, it is, but there’s a reason why this still happens in the 21st century.

For decades, PMS, its causes, and the question whether it is actually a medical condition have been shrouded in mystery. PMS is a complicated health problem as symptoms and severity differ in every woman and, even in individuals, often vary from month to month. This makes it difficult to study and has led to a vicious cycle developing in PMS research – scientists don’t understand what causes PMS, meaning there is little scientific research into it, and, in turn, less funding for new studies.

What’s known is that PMS has to do with hormone changes during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Chemical changes in the brain – a reduction of serotonin triggered by these hormone change – may also play a role in PMS. So may lifestyle factors like stress and diet. Others may have a genetic predisposition to PMS, psychologist Carolyn Jandasays.

To put how little research has been done into PMS into context, a search of titles and abstracts on ResearchGate found there are over five times more studies into erectile dysfunction than into premenstrual syndrome. That’s despite the fact that approximately 19 percent of men experience erectile dysfunction over the course of their lifetime, while over 90 percent of women report some symptoms of PMS.
Over 40% of women who have PMS do not respond to treatments currently available

Defining the symptoms is where the problem of researching PMS starts. Researchers still don’t agree on what the symptoms of PMS are – over 150 are commonly listed, from the predictable bloating and mood swings, to headaches, sleep disorders, and even clumsiness.

This lack of consensus means women are often unsure which symptoms they can actually attribute to their period, and which are unrelated. This also makes treatment – let alone finding a cure apart from hysterectomy – difficult.Treatment currently includes taking a class of antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, to easy emotional imbalances. Hormonal contraception is commonly used too. There’s also evidence that certain alternative treatments help alleviate symptoms, including chasteberry. 

However, over 40% of women who have PMS do not respond to treatments currently available, and five percent have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a condition so severe that 15 percentof sufferers attempt suicide at some point in their lives.

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Here's What the Iceman Was Wearing When He Died 5,300 Years Ago

New DNA study of ancient clothing reveals that Otzi the European mummy "shopped" locally.

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Watch the Autopsy of the 5,300-Year-Old Iceman Watch an examination of the 5,000-year-old Ötzi unfold in this time-lapse video.

Why Clothing Counts

The Iceman was recovered back in 1991 with a full assortment of clothing, including a hide coat, skin leggings, fur hat, and hay-stuffed shoes. Due to the decomposition of the leather and fur over thousands of years, however, researchers have been unable to conclusively pinpoint specific animal species for some of the components of Ötzi's wardrobe.

A Coat of Many Skins

Researchers were able to capture ancient DNA markers in nine samples of leather and fur from different articles of the Iceman's clothing. According to their study published today in Scientific Reports, Ötzi's attire choices were selective and pragmatic.

(Read about the scientific autopsy of Ötzi the Iceman.)
They confirmed that Ötzi's leather loincloth and hide coat were "haphazardly" stitched from sheepskin, an identification already made in previous studies. However, the genetic analysis revealed that the sheep species sampled is closer to modern domestic European sheep than to their wild cousins, and that the articles were fashioned from the skins of at least four animals.
Cerne Abbas Giant?

As Bill Maher Said... Why Are You Worshipping A Giant Space Penis?  Chuckle

Imagine if aliens came down to earth and asked the locals... "Why are you maintaining the rude man" "We don't know why... We just do it"  Jptdknpa

But... What if the aliens said, hey... What happened to our carving, you must not want to be saved.  Shock

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Cerne Abbas Giant

Cerne Abbas Giant chalk figure below the rectangular "Trendle" earthworks
The Cerne Abbas Giant is a hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England. Made by a turf-cut outline filled with chalk, it depicts a large naked man with an erect penis and is typically described as a giant wielding a club. The figure is listed as a scheduled monument in the United Kingdom and the site where he stands is owned by the National Trust.

The origin and age of the figure are unclear. It is often thought of as an ancient construction, though the earliest mention of it dates to the late 17th century. Early antiquarians associated it, on little evidence, with a Saxon deity, while other scholars sought to identify it with a Celtic British figure of the Roman Hercules or some syncretization of the two. Archaeological evidence that parts of the drawing have been lost over time strengthen the Hercules identification. The lack of earlier descriptions leads modern scholars to conclude that it may date from the 17th century, and perhaps originated as political satire.

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There are three main ideas concerning the age of the Giant, and whom he might represent:[51]

The first argues that because there is no medieval documentary evidence, then the Giant was created in the 17th century, perhaps by Lord Holles, who resided in Cerne Abbas, and perhaps as a parody of Oliver Cromwell.[52]

The second idea is that the Giant dates to the time of the Romans in Britain (i.e. Romano-British), because the Giant resembles the Roman god Hercules, who was based on the Greek god Heracles.

The third idea is that the Giant is of Celtic origin, because it is stylistically similar to a Celtic god on a skillet handle found at Hod Hill, Dorset, and dated to around AD 10 to AD 51.

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Various studies on the Cerne Abbas Giant have been undertaken. In 1896 the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society noted the consensus of members that the giant "is of very great antiquity".[53] Modern scholarship largely rejects this, and argues for an origin shortly before the 18th century.[54] Modern histories of the Cerne Giant have been published by Bettey 1981, Legg 1990, and Darvill et al. 1999.[55]

Early antiquarians associated the figure with a Saxon god whose name contained some variant of the element Hel-.[56] This god is attested in several medieval and early modern texts, and was associated with the Cerne Abbas Giant by an editor of a 1789 edition of William Camden's Britannia and by William Stukeley, who indicated that locals referred to the giant as "Helis".[54] A Saxon origin is unlikely, but Stukeley was also the first to hypothesize that the figure was Hercules, a suggestion that has found more support.[54][57] Some 19th-century sources describe the giant as having "between his legs, three rude letters, scarcely legible, and over them in modern figures, 748", (rude meaning "roughly cut") and being the representation of Cenric, the son of Cuthred, King of Wessex.[58][59]

Proponents of a 17th-century origin suggest that the giant was carved during the English Civil War by servants of the Lord of the Manor, Denzil Holles, and was intended as a parody of Oliver Cromwell.[60] Cromwell was sometimes mockingly referred to as "England's Hercules" by his enemies. The Hercules connection is strengthened by the 1996 discovery of the cloak, as Hercules was often depicted with a cloak made from the Nemean Lion's skin.

Then there was this...

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Check out this figure and more of England's chalk carvings here:
Don't look now but China is getting a bit serious about this kicking ass stuff. Maybe we ought to start praying to a war god?

Couldn't hurt...  Yeah3

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China Unveils Epic 1,320-Ton God Of War Statue

You’d expect a God of War statue to look pretty epic. But there’s epic and then there’s EPIC, and this enormous statue of Guan Yu, a famous general in Chinese history who was later deified, is most definitely EPIC.

The statue has just been unveiled in Guan Yu Park in Jingzhou, China. It’s 58 metres (190ft) tall and weighs over 1,320 tonnes, and it contains over 4,000 strips of bronze. It was designed by Han Meilin, who is probably best known for his designs of the 2008 Beijing Olympics mascots, and the monument is so big that there’s even an 8,000sqm museum inside it! Guan Yu lived during China’s turbulent Three Kingdoms period. He carried an axe-like weapon called a Green Dragon Crescent Blade, which has been immortalised with him as part of the statue. The only difference is that the weapon now weighs 136 tonnes! Did we mention this statue was epic?

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Meanwhile these guys found a hermaphodite cannibal in the wilds of North Carolina!

First-World Anarchists Rebelling Against The Rules

Authority has your balls and the grasp is getting tighter and tighter: it installed rules into every step of your life. Don't park here, don't step there, especially not on the grass! Place your stamp on THIS part of the envelope, and whatever you do, pull the paper towel with TWO HANDS ONLY.

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Delta IV Rocket @ 50 Yards

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16 year old kid... Good stuff!
Here is a pretty sweet little rocket  Shock
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