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So you've been eating local, biking to work and using those light bulbs Al Gore said we had to. Being eco-conscious is feeling pretty good, right?
Wrong. Apparently, we all have one more thing to feel eco-guilty about. Well, at least those of us in long-distance relationships.
Slate reports that locawhores are now the new locavores, and you had better quit those every-other-weekend cross-country flights to visit your sweetheart:
The same type of environmental logic has already been applied to our eating habits. The Local Food movement encourages us to cut CO2 emissions by calculating food miles—the distance a meal travels from production to the dinner table—and eating only what's produced within a 100-mile radius. Isn't it time for a Date Local movement, too? Let's start thinking about "sex miles": Just how far was this person shipped to hook up with you? And how many times more efficient would it be to date someone within a 100-mile radius?
Cleary, Jaunted can't get behind this kind of anti-travel, anti-long-distance-hookup stance--particularly now that a new website is here to help get us some action--but we just wanted to make sure everyone knows there's one more thing we're supposed to not be doing.
· The Environmental Case Against Long Distance Relationships [Slate]
· Romantic Travel coverage
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On the internet, it's a given that any website with the word "encounters" in its name is either about casual sex or aliens--or both. So we were, uh, delighted to learn that there's a new way to meet lonely road warriors that doesn't involve skulking around the hotel bar.
The new site, Travelencounters.com, allows users to create a profile in their home city and then calendar up to four business trips. Once calendared, the user's profile shows up in searches for the other cities, as well. According to the press release, "A member's private profile focuses on intimate topics such as health, grooming and their views on adult subjects." I have a sneaking suspicion that "adult subjects" is not a reference to opinions on how to diversify your 401(k).
For now, the site is giving away free memberships that last through 2009 to help build a database of horny business travelers.
[Photo of some potential good times: Traveling Encounters]
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Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. Check in and stay awhile.
· How can you *not* read HC's Definitive Guide to Hotel Sex?!
· G-Spa is closing. Good riddance!
· Non-fugly hotel carpeting is inspiring comments galore.
· Plus, an HC spy files a preview of the Jane Hotel in NYC.
And year after year, the courts decide that Boobs on Bikes can go ahead. This year it's an Auckland court saying that since last year over 80,000 people gathered to watch the topless gals (and guys) ride motorbikes through the city streets, it obviously wasn't offensive to everybody.
That means that on Wednesday all visitors to Auckland will probably spot the Queens Street parade, a precursor to the Erotica Expo. Get there early, because those crowds mean it's hard to get a good viewing spot. And there's plenty to be viewed.
· NZ Court Gives Green Light to Boobs on Bikes Parade [Reuters]
· Boobs on Bikes Ride Again [Jaunted]
· New Zealand Appreciates the Human Form [Jaunted]
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If you haven't been to the Museum of Sex in Manhattan yet you're missing out, especially when The Sex Lives of Animals exhibit begins this week. Starting July 24 and continuing through the spring of 2009, the exhibit reveals how sex in the animal world is just as diverse and complex as it is for humans.
Tickets are $14.50 for most, but you'll save a dollar if you're a student or a senior--and who wouldn't want to bring their grandma to something like this? Your entrance fee will grant you access to full-size interpretations of animal, uh, relationships by sculptor Rune Olsen. All giggles aside, the museum does seek to illustrate a part of the animal kingdom that isn't yet totally understood.
So if you're looking for two female monkeys engaging in rubbing, panda bears trying to perpetuate the species or two male dolphins checking out each other's blow holes--then this is the exhibit for you. Sounds lovely, right?
[Photo: Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes]
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Nine British women were arrested after taking part in what Reuters is calling an "oral sex competition" on the island of Zakynthos. We're not exactly sure what that kind of competition involves, though we certainly have some ideas.
Additionally, 12 men, six British and six Greek, were detained and charged with "encouraging obscene behavior." Those charges stem from the fact that the women were paid to take part in the competition. Police say organizers also planned to post a video of the event online. Obviously.
The town of Laganas, where the bust happened, is known for hosting the kind of crowd that would be into oral sex competitions. All of a sudden, beach sex sounds sort of tame.
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This weekend, we filled you in on an upcoming reading by Tony Perrottet, author of the new book "Napoleons's Privates: 2,500 Years of History Unzipped." But since not everyone out there will be able to make the event July 23 in NYC, Tony did this cool YouTube video about his quest to track down the emperor's privates.
He does indeed find the famous penis, hidden away in Englewood, New Jersey, with the family of a world-renowed urologist. What's it look like?
This is definitely genital! It's a little smaller than I thought.
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Nevada is home to 28 legal brothels, and despite what you might think, most of them cater to truckers. The cat houses are located in rural areas and depend on business from horny long-haul drivers--and they're hurting thanks to the rising cost of gas.
Bobbi Davis of the Shady Lady Ranch told CNN:
Anything that has to do with discretionary income is down. Instead of spending $500 out here, [truckers] might only spend $300. I see it every time they raise gas prices.
In order to fight price hikes, Davis is offering discounted rates and gas card giveaways.
Brothels located near the casino meccas of Reno and Las Vegas say their business is up, but that hasn't stopped relentless self-promoter and Moonlite Bunny Ranch boss Dennis Hof from getting in on the recession discount publicity action. The Hof is launching a "Double Your Stimulus" special that gives customers who bring their government checks to the Bunny Ranch "twice the services for the same regular price."
· Brothel's "Double Your Stimulus" Plan Fights Fuel Crisis [CNN]
· Nevada Brothel Offers Customers Relief... From Pesky Airline Fees [Jaunted]
· Sex coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Shady Lady Ranch]
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Police in Miami busted an alleged "brothel bus" packed with prostitutes who offered undercover officers lap dances and blowjobs. The driver, cops say, had a stash of Viagra on hand for customers who needed a boost, while the bus itself had a strip club set up with a G-string clad staff, a full bar and a curtained off VIP room.
The cops paid a $40 cover charge to board the bus where lap dances allegedly cost $20 and oral sex could be had for $100. Admission to the VIP area cost $125. When one of the officers asked what that fee would get him, he was reportedly told:
You'll get your money's worth.
Sounds like Ryanair!
· "Brothel Bus" Makes Last Stop in Miami Beach [Reuters]
· Police in Florida Put Brakes on Alleged "Brothel Bus" [Guardian]
· The Girls on the Bus [TSG]
Can't afford a European vacation this summer? Do what our contributor Claire Duffett did: Explore Southeast Asia instead.
We lied. More common than spicy street food and heavy foot traffic in Bangkok is the sight of a balding, middle-aged man with a pockmarked face, potbelly and ponytail striding alongside a beautiful young Thai woman.
Their arrangement is apparent and immediate. Rather than get horrified, saddened or disgusted (and at times, my boyfriend, who co-wrote this travelog, and I felt all of the above), you'll have to accept if not embrace Bangkok's most common trade in order to enjoy the city.
The scientists who will brave the brutal polar winter at McMurdo Station in Antarctica have one thing to brighten their days: 16,500 condoms. The massive shipment of prohylactics was one of the last things delivered to the research base before the four-month-long season when the entire continent gets no sunlight.
During winter, McMurdo is home to a skeleton crew of only 125 researchers and, naturally, there's loads of sexual tension between the staff during the endless evening. The manager of the station, Bill Henriksen, told reporters:
Since everybody knows everyone, it becomes a little bit uncomfortable.
The staff will have to use the condoms sparingly. The shipment amounts to just more than one condom per day for each scientist. The ones who aren't getting laid should be able to make a tidy profit selling their unused rations.
· Antarctica Base Gets 16,500 Condoms before Darkness [Reuters]
· Antarctica Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Sex coverage [Jaunted]
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Alaska, a Spanish pop singer from the 80s, is posing nude for a new ad campaign to protest bullfighting. The ads show the musical MILF naked with her back pierced by three spears along with the slogan "The Naked Truth." In retaliation, Spanish bullfighters will be hosting an exhibition at the EU Parliament in Brussels June 4 and 5 to showcase their sport for lawmakers.
Polls show that young people in Spain are losing interest in the violent sport. Alaska must be hoping that her nude pictures can persuade older Spaniards to join the cause.
Meanwhile, this weekend the Daily Mail released a series of awesome pictures showing matador Jose Tomas--the "David Beckham of Spanish bullfighting"--being gored by a bull. Even if you find bullfighting morally reprehensible, these pictures are worth a look. Animal activist types should even be able to enjoy them since they show the bullfighter getting hurt instead of the bull.
· Spanish Pop Star Poses Nude to Protest Bullfighting [AFP, via Google]
· Alaska Gets Naked to Protest Bullfighting [Animanaturalis, in Spanish]
· Mess with the Bull, Get the Gore [Jaunted]