Meet “Cloud”, A Speaker And Lamp That Looks Exactly Like A Thundercloud

July 1, 2014

Don’t come home to escape the storm? Then this lamp is just for you. Made by Richard Clarkson Studio, the lamp-speaker combo features a motion detector that triggers thunder and lightning the minute you walk into the room. Moody and broody types, rejoice!

Let’s Talk About Sex Attitudes, Baby

July 1, 2014

So let’s get all Salt-n-Pepa and talk about sex, baby. Better yet, let’s talk about sex throughout human history. After all, Iwan Bloch, considered by many to be the first sexologist, believed that “historical knowledge offered an important key to understanding contemporary problems of sexuality”. History can also provide valuable perspective on how attitudes about sex and sexual mores have changed over the centuries, and how religion has shaped some ideas we might have about sex today. Here are eight things you never knew about sex in different cultures and eras and were afraid to ask.

Sex Attitudes Roman Orgy

Ancient Roman artwork often depicts scenes of orgiastic debauchery. Source: Blogspot

Sex Attitudes: Rome And Orgies

Let’s start in ancient Rome, which has the reputation for being permissive when it came to all things sexual. Its anything-goes rep might be somewhat warranted. In ancient Roman culture prostitution was legal; what might be considered “pornographic” art was collected in upper-class households; it was not uncommon for Roman men to be attracted to teenagers of both sexes; and pederasty—the homosexual relationship between a male adult and an adolescent male—was commonplace and acceptable so long as the younger partner was not a freeborn Roman. Though effeminacy was frowned upon in men, there was no distinction in Roman society between homosexuality and heterosexuality. In fact, the language did not even contain words for the concepts.

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Torino Dazzles At Dusk

June 30, 2014

Turin Italy

The northern city of Turin–or Torino in Italian–has a rich, regal heritage. The nation’s first capital city in 1861, it was also home to the House of Savoy, or Italy’s royal family. By World War II, its influence had begun to fade. Today, the city still has a significant economic impact, and is home to some of the country’s most prestigious universities.