Science Says Guys With Sex on the Brain Do Stupid Things

Finally, science has confirmed what voluptuous vixens have known all along — the sight of a sexy woman is all it takes to send a guy’s decision-making skills careening into the realm of insanity.

And the more testosterone the hapless dude has floating through his bloodstream, the worse the problem gets.

Bram van den Bergh and Siegfried Dewitte, the researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium who proposed the sexy study, say their findings confirm that those most likely to be in a position of power are the most swayed by influences of the opposite sex, Mail and Guardian Online reports.

The pair gathered 44 student volunteers between the ages of 18 and 28 and had them participate in a financial game to test how they reacted to fair play. The students were split into pairs, and before half of the games, some were shown images of alluring ladies or lingerie. The research team found that the guys who took a gander at the libidinous ladies were more likely to accept unfair play than those whose eyes remained unexposed to the erotica.

Van den Bergh and Dewitte then ranked the men according to their testosterone levels and found that the more testosterone a man had, the worse he fared in the tests.

“We all think we are rational beings, but our research suggests ... that people with high testosterone levels are very vulnerable to sexual cues. If there are no cues around, they behave normally, but if they see sexual images they become impulsive," said Dewitte. “It’s a tendency, but these people are not powerless to fight it. Hormone levels are one thing, but we can learn to deal with it."

The researchers are conducting experiments to find a similar effect in women, but have yet to find a visual stimulus that mars their ability to make good decisions.

What Comes Between Youski and Your Brewski? Nothing.

NEW YORK (New York Post) — Talk about having "six-pack abs."

Introducing the Beerbelly — a strap-on cold-one contraption that lets you be the secret master of your own Meister Brau.

Whether it's at the ballgame or a day in the park, there's nothing like having a few brews on a warm day — having them secretly strapped to your gut, that is.

The Beerbelly's Velcro harness slips over your shoulders and around your waist, and holds an 80-ounce plastic bladder you fill with the beverage of your choice. You could even tuck in an ice pack to keep your "beer gut" frosty.

And it's available online, at, for $34.95.

That's One Way to Support the Arts

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — There's a giant pink bra hanging off a balcony at In Bloom Floral in Paducah. It's an advertisement for what's inside: an exhibit featuring 36 bras decorated by local artists titled "The Art of Underpinnings."

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at the Paducah-McCracken County Senior Citizens Center is sponsoring the exhibit in conjunction with the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show & Contest for the second year.

Artists painted or sewed items on bras to make their creation, which they named and described with a story.

Paducah-McCracken County Convention and Visitors Bureau named its bra, "Paducah or Bust."

Paducah artist Tatiana Cashon, who made "Pirates of the Carri-Bra-En" last year, designed "Group Support Bra," which was embellished with photographs of her family and friends for this year's exhibit.

"It was one of the most fun projects I have ever worked on," Cashon said. "When you mention it to someone, they immediately start thinking of ideas."

Billboards That Go 'Baa'

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch Internet hotel bookings company said Monday it is doing its best to make the mayor of a small town look sheepish after he threatened a 50,000 euro ($60,000) fine if the company doesn't remove advertisements on livestock in his district. began what it thought was a humorous campaign blanketing sheep with its logo along highways near Amsterdam, Leiden, Groningen and The Hague on April 1.

But when mayor Bert Kuiper in the northern town of Skarsterlan noticed the advertisements on sheep in his district near Groningen, he said they violated a local ordinance against advertising along freeways. Chief Executive Miechel Nagel said the company would respond by increasing the number of sheep it uses in Skarsterlan to 60 and changing the statement on their blankets to "Thank You, Mr. Mayor."

"Now it's a freedom of speech issue," said Nagel. He added the local economy also was getting a boost as farmers were being paid 15 euros to 20 euros ($18-$25) per sheep per month to wear the advertisements.

"It's very creative and we're absolutely not cranky about this, but it has been our policy for years that we don't want advertisements along our roads," Kuiper was quoted saying by Dutch press agency ANP.

The idea of advertising on animals is at least several decades old, though it gained new attention in the dot-com era. Unusual campaigns — such as one by Internet casino Golden Palace to paint 100 cows purple in Florida in the summer of 2005 — can still attract attention.

Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's caused surprise in the winter of 2004 by placing advertisements on human beings in Amsterdam. In that campaign, homeless people received a jacket with a Ben & Jerry's logo displayed prominently on the back.

In return, Ben & Jerry's donated money to a local charity that offers support for the homeless.

Although some criticized the campaign as exploitative, others praised the company for being willing to be associated with homeless people.

Click on the box at the top of the story to see the billboards that go "baa."

Thanks to Out There reader Monique D.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others ...

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Surgeons retrieved a pair of eight-inch-long forceps left inside a 17-year old Pakistani woman when she had an appendectomy nearly three years ago, health officials said Tuesday.

Three senior surgeons and four paramedics will be fired from the state-run People's Medical College Hospital in Nawabshah for the blunder, said Naushad Shaikh, health secretary of southern Sindh province. The patient, Akleeman Daheri, is in stable condition after undergoing the removal surgery Sunday — at the same hospital — but lost 12 inches her small intestine during the operation, Shaikh said.

Daheri had suffered stomach pain since the initial operation on Aug. 15, 2003, said the hospital's medical superintendent, Mahfooz Qureshi. The pain was originally diagnosed as postoperative discomfort and treated with painkillers.

However, Daheri recently returned to the hospital where an X-ray revealed the forceps in her abdomen.

"The metal piece entangled in her small intestine was removed, and two pieces of perforated intestines had to be removed for smooth functioning of her digestive system," Qureshi said.

Daheri lives in a village near Nawabshah, 190 miles northeast of the city of Karachi.

Shaikh said the victim's family had decided not to pursue criminal charges, but he warned other surgeons and paramedics to demonstrate more care.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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