5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kissing

Kissing is a part of intimacy for many people, whether in relationships or in casual arrangements. For many people it is considered a deep part of connection and even science has backed that up.

You can be judged by how good or bad you kiss. Here are more interesting facts about kissing.

Bad kissing can end a relationshipUniversity of Albany psychologist Gordon Gallup surveyed 58 men and 122 women, asking them the question “Have you ever found yourself attracted to someone, only to discover after kissing them for the first time that you were no longer interested?” In total, 59 percent of men and 66 percent of women answered “yes.” This may have to do with technique, but the chemical information exchanged could also play a role.

Less is more for women The same study that found that women put a premium on oral attractiveness also found that men are more likely to prefer wetter kisses with tongue. This means, if you want to please your lady, you’re probably better off keeping things more tight-lipped. For women looking to improve, men said they also liked it when their partner initiated tongue action and made moaning noises.

Don’t skip to sex One last piece of advice from that 2007 research: Women want to kiss before sex. While 52 percent of men in this study said they would skip kissing and go straight to sex, around 85 percent of women wanted to kiss a romantic partner before jumping into bed with him. In general, women rated kissing as more important than men, and the value they gave it remained consistent, even as relationships continued.

Kissing leads to long-lasting relationshipspaper published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior makes it clear that kissing — whether innate to our species or not — is meaningful to those of us whose cultures do it. There were two surveys in this research. The first had 335 respondents and found that the longer people engaged in post-sex affections, like kissing and cuddling, the higher their sexual satisfaction. This also resulted in higher overall relationship satisfaction. In the second survey (of 101 people), the respondents reported daily post-sex affections and satisfaction. Researchers found that the link between post-sex affection and both sexual and relationship satisfaction held in these detailed accounts. They also found that longer and more high-quality sessions of affection during the study period predicted higher satisfaction three months later.

Reasons for kissing If you think about kissing as objectively as possible, it becomes weird very fast. In particular, the more intricate forms of kissing (like French kissing) can seem like it does little more than swap germs. So why do we do it? One of the most common theories is that mouth-to-mouth touching helps transfer information about physical health between partners. Our saliva carries all kinds of chemical information, and exchanging this directly might help us subconsciously evaluate each other to see if we are a good match for future mating. Kissing can also release many hormones that help us feel good, bond with our partner, and leave us wanting more.


Five Africa Cup of Nations facts

Five Africa Cup of Nations facts ahead of 2015 tournament in Equatorial Guinea:

Former Ivory Coast star Laurent Pokou is the only player to score five goals in a game. He scored once in the first half and another four after half-time in the 6-1 Group A rout of Ethiopia during the 1970 tournament in Sudan.

Tunisia will make a 12th consecutive appearance at the tournament this year in Equatorial Guinea, but non-qualifiers Egypt hold the record with 14 straight showings between 1984 and 2010 that delivered five titles.

Group D rivals Cameroon and Ivory Coast have clashed seven times in previous tournaments with the Indomitable Lions holding a distinct edge having won five of the matches and drawn the other two.

Former Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan is the only star to win the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award twice having got the nod in 2006 and 2010 after helping the Pharaohs win those tournaments.

Only two nations have lifted the trophy without conceding a goal — Alain Gouamene of the Ivory Coast kept five clean sheets in 1992 and Alioum Boukar of Cameroon was unbeaten in six matches 10 years later.

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15 Things Women Need To Stop Doing To Each Other

Seriously, women you are on the same team. (And of course, not all women do these things.) These are some of the sad and disappointing things that sisters need to stop doing to each other.

1.Slut-shaming. Let women make their own decisions and stop feeling like it’s your given right to express your disapproval. Here’s a motto to live by: Not your vagina, not your business.

2.Making comments about other women’s bodies. All comments go straight to the heart and they’re really unnecessary.

3.Seriously, just saying “oh my gosh you’re so skinny” is just as demeaning as commenting on the weight that a girl has gained. Just don’t.

4.Knowingly going after another woman’s significant other. Have respect for other relationships the same way you’d want someone to respect yours.

5.Being jealous of each other’s accomplishments. Be happy for other women and the achievements that they work hard for.

6.Giving backhanded compliments. “Your hair looks great! It would look even better a little shorter.” Wow, thanks?

7.Blaming the “other woman” when the man cheats. First of all, the girl may not have even known he was in a relationship. Why is it that so many girls hate the “other woman” and yet stay with the man? The guy is the one who said he loved you, who vowed commitment to you, and who betrayed you. Stop seeking revenge on the “other woman” and face the reality of the situation.

8.Spreading rumors.

9.Avoiding actual conversation with a woman you’re in a conflict with. Why is it that we sometimes feel the need to tell everyone why we are angry with someone — except that person? Just go straight to the source, and work it out like adults.

10.Vowing secrecy and then still telling a few other women. If a friend tells you something in confidence and requests your discretion, show her the respect that she deserves.

11.Competing with each other. You are all on the same team in this world and when you start fighting against each other, you do nothing but create ridiculous divides.

12.Comparing our bodies. You size up another woman and start comparing her to yourself, and it’s just poisonous. Love who you are and don’t think you need to look like anyone else.

13.Criticizing each other’s personalities. When a girl is talkative, stop calling her annoying. When a girl is more quiet, stop calling her stuck up.

14.Being fake to each other. If you have a problem with another woman, simply don’t associate with her. Don’t pretend to be her friend only to laugh with your other peers about how awful she is.

15.Resenting each other’s significant others. It’s obvious it stinks a little when one of your friends gets into a relationship and doesn’t spend as much time with you because of it. However, the only thing your hating her significant other achieves is distance between you and your friend.

Read more:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lexi-herrick/18-things-women-stop-doing-to-each-other_b_5845440.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

15 Reasons to Date a Cyclist

If the cute guy who just asked you out spends his weekends on a bike, don’t hesitate to say yes.

Here are 15 reasons to date a cyclist:

1. Two words: bicycle shorts.

2. It’s science: Cyclists are hot. A recent study found that cyclists who excelled in the Tour de France are perceived as more attractive than other athletes — and that the top 10 percent of cyclists “is about 25 percent more attractive than the lowest 10 percent.” Maybe fast is the new rich?

3. Cyclists are smart. According to a recent Mindlab survey, most people view cyclists as 13 percent more intelligent than the average person.

4. Cyclists are good. According to the same survey, cyclists are generally viewed as 10 percent more charitable than non-cyclists.

5. Your date will be around for a while. Pro cyclists live, on average, 6.3 more years than non-cyclists. (Um, as long as they don’t get hit by a car.)

6. Cyclists are handy. After years of honing bike-maintenance skills, your date will be up for fixing things around the house, too.

7. The great outdoors. If you’re sick of dating indoor cats, date a cyclist. You’ll get reacquainted with nature. And maybe even travel a little more.

8. Cyclists are committed — and don’t accept defeat. Hopefully this extends to their pursuit of relationship success, too.

9. No lazy bums here, just toned ones. Cyclists are disciplined, often rigorously so, and will withstand the elements to get their rides in.

10. Cyclists are constantly setting goals for themselves. If you want a forward-thinking date, look no further.

11. Cyclists have great near-death-experience stories to share, which is also why they’re also sticklers about safety.

12. You can start cycling, too! Your date will be thrilled to share his/her enthusiasm for the sport. In fact, the whole family can join in, should the two of you eventually procreate.

13. Cyclists don’t call in sick. According to a 2013 survey by the National Cycle Network, cyclists take half the number of sick days as their public transportation-riding colleagues.

14. Think your date’s obsession with the open road is a little over-the-top? He’s saner than you think. Studies have shown that vigorous exercise like cycling can boost concentration and memory while reducing stress and anxiety. The bike is good for his brain.

15. Love the planet? Cycling is as green as it gets.

Things only a divorced mom knows

After the divorce tear gas stops stinging and the OMG-I-should-have-been-a-lawyer bills are paid, there’s a period of awakening, of embracing your new reality as a divorced mom.

At times, it’s intoxicating. The freedom, the firsts, the time you have to devote to your precious child. Other days are wracked with guilt, with “what if”s, with longing for your baby. It’s a bumpy road only those who have gone through it can possibly understand. Here are 17 things only a divorced mom knows.

1. How infuriating it is to deal with “Disneyland Dad.” Everything is more fun at dad’s. It’s no problem when your kid hangs from his ceiling fan while eating candy for breakfast.

2. The loneliness of your kid making mom-free memories, taking mom-free trips, and enjoying mom-free time in a home where you’re most likely not welcome.

3. Having to censor everything you say because your kid has become a recording device that plays back your conversations to his dad.

4. Wondering which of your friends will be on Team Mom and which will be on Team Dad. They always choose sides — and this can mess things up for all of your kids.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/17-things-only-a-divorced_b_5804534.html

5 Facts about Africa’s music legend Brenda Fassie

In Brenda Fassie, South Africa and the African continent as a whole had a unique talent, who put Afro music in the global musical map. From her dynamic voice to her versatility, the late Brenda will forever be cherished.

Below is a list of some facts you might have never had the chance to know.

1. Brenda Fassie’s mother was expecting a boy. To her surprise a baby girl was born that year, 1964, in Langa.

2. Fassie was named after an American country singer Brenda Lee.

3. Brenda was born and bred a music star. Her mom was a pianist and probably the reason for her musical genes.

4. At the age of four Brenda was already singing to the sounds of her mother’s piano. A year later she started making money out of it by singing for tourists.

5. At the young age of 19 she recorded her first hit single, Weekend Special. The hits just followed.

Read more: http://www.women24.com/Wellness/WomensHealth/The-life-of-Brenda-Fassie-20040518

Interesting facts about music mogul, Michael Bolton

How well do you know your favorite music icons? Did you know that Bolton was actually born Michael Bolotin?

Below are some of the interesting facts about Michael Bolton;

#1. Michael Bolton is known as the “The Voice” because of his four-octave range.

#2. Michael has written a children’s book- “Secret Of The Lost Kingdom”

#3. He was voted “Best Male Singer” by the readers of US magazine in 1992.

#4. Michael was named one of the  “25 most Eligible Bachelors of 1998” by playgirl magazine.

#5. Bolton was in People’s Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive November 1990 issue-under Sexiest Bachelors

Read more- http://www.lauraforever.com/mbonthenet/justfact.htm



5 facts about Mariah Carey

Below are at least five facts you probably never knew about Mariah Carey, the multi-talented singer who was born on March 27th 1969 to Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautics engineer and Patricia (Hickey) Carey,  an opera singer and voice coach.

#1. She released Her debut album, “Mariah Carey,” which went on to sell more than six million copies and spawn four number one singles.

#2. She supported herself as a waitress and back-up singer before being signed to Columbia Records.

#3. She has sold more than 200 million albums,singles and videos worldwide, making her the best selling female artists of all time.

#4. She has won five Grammy awards.

#5. Mariah has a five-octave vocal range.

Read more-http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/25/us/mariah-carey-fast-facts/