- Of the colour blue.
- Depressed, melancholic, sad.
- Pornographic or profane.
- In politics, supportive of, run by (a member of), pertaining to, or dominated by a political party represented by the colour blue.
- Of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
Samurai held viewing parties to watch cherry blossom fall.
According to CNN, in 2007, around the globe, at any moment there were 28,258 Internet users who were viewing pornography.
Koalas almost never need to drink water, getting sufficient water from the leaves they eat.
Abraham Lincoln was arrested for defecating in public at the age of 17. The charge was later dismissed and his record sealed.
Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, named many of the characters after his own family such as: Homer (his dad), Margaret (his mom), Maggie and Lisa (his sisters), and Abe (his grandfather). His brother Mark was the inspiration for Bart. He chose to name the character “Bart”, though, because it was an anagram for “Brat”.
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The smell of freshly baked bread releases oxytocin in the brain.
In Ancient Greece, the priestess at Delphi was called the Delphic Bee; also, the Quran has a chapter titled The Bee.
Spekglad, literally ‘bacon slippery’, is Dutch for most slippery.
Poland is one of the few countries in the world, where courteous hand-kissing is still a relatively common practice.
Erotic films are pink in Japan, blue in the United States, green in Spain, and yellow in China. In fact, the Chinese produced a porn film called The Happy Yellow Handkerchief.
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Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism found enlightenment – as it is known in Buddhism – by sitting facing a wall for nine years.
Only 2% of our genes are specifically human.
If people stay in Japan for a long time, they tend to get used to the native way of thinking. For instance, they start to find it normal that books are always wrapped in plastic covers; they start nodding on the phone saying “te, te” when listening to someone; they start to use shoulder compressors for stiffness; and, they start to think that fried gyoza is normal food. This process of foreigners turning native is so real, the Japanese actually have a word for it: tatami. Curiously, tatami also means a type of rice straw mat which is often used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms.
The Swiss have gone over five centuries without a war.
American porn actress Lisa Sparks (also spelled Sparxxx) holds the world record for the largest gangbang (a sexual act in which one person has sexual intercourse with a large number of people from the opposite sex) – on October 16, 2004 she had sex with 919 men in Warsaw, Poland.
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If it exists, there is porn of it.
Erotica typically applies to literature and works of art in which the sexual element is regarded as part of the larger aesthetic aspect. It represents the complex cartography of desire, full of hazard and mystery, inviting endless exploration, never quite revealing everything.
Erotica is usually distinguished from pornography, which can also have artistic and literary merit but which is usually understood to have sexual arousal as its main purpose. As a rule of thumb, when the act love between two people is subtly described or depicted, we are usually talking about erotica; when the scene is – let’s say – anything but subtle, we are usually talking about pornography.
“Eros seizes and shakes my very soul; like the wind on the mountain; shaking ancient oaks.” – Sappho
“Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken.”
– Isabel Allende
The exact origins of the Kama Sutra are quite vague, but it was written between the 1st and 4th centuries AD by a man called Vatsyayana, who lived in the North Indian city of Benares – now called Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India.
It was first translated into English by the 19th Century British explorer Sir Richard F. Burton in 1876. Born in 1821, the adventurer, who spoke 25 languages, came across the Kama Sutra in Bombay in 1842 and became fascinated with Indian erotica. Following a visit to a prostitute, Burton, who had three Indian mistresses said:
“We British never knew of this kind of love-making. Had we known, we would not have ruined the lives of so many British virgins.”
In 1883 Burton risked prosecution and imprisonment under the Obscene Publications Act after publishing 250 copies of the Kama Sutra privately in Britain. The book did not become legal in Britain until 1963.
It was written in the ancient Sanskrit language. In Sanskrit, Kama means desire and Sutra means rules. In the context of the book “desire” includes singing, reading, poetry and dancing as well as sex.
The Kama Sutra contains a total of 64 sexual positions. Vatsyayana believed there were eight ways of making love, multiplied by eight positions within each of these. In the book, they are known as the 64 Atrs.
Only about 20 per cent of the book is devoted to sexual positions. The remainder gives guidance on how to be a good citizen and insights into men and women in relationships, a bit like Men Are From Mars & Women Are From Venus.
The Kama Sutra describes making love as “divine union”. Vatsyayana believed that sex itself was not wrong, but doing it badly was sinful.
Lovers who suffer from medical complaints such as back pain and arthritis are warned not to attempt some of the Kama Sutra’s positions. Vatsyayana states: “They predispose for rheumatic pains and sciatica.”
After Burton published the Kama Sutra the prudish British Raj banned the book in India. At the same time they also stopped temple prostitutes and child marriages.
The Kama Sutra may have originated in India, but in 1996 the authorities there clamped down on the film “Kama Sutra – A Tale Of Love” and demanded that 14 explicit scenes were cut before it was fit to be shown to Indian audiences.
Code breakers also find the Kama Sutra fascinating as it contains instructions for making messages unreadable – one of the earliest books to do this. The Kama Sutra included encryption as an art a woman should study, presumably to help her make secret meetings with her lovers.
Kama is the Hindu god of love. The word also refers to the pursuit of love or pleasure, one of the four aims of life in Hindu traditions. Kama is always depicted as a handsome youth, shooting arrows of love that produce love. His wife is Rati.
According to the book a man becomes irresistible to women if he ties the bone of a peacock or hyena which has been covered in gold to his right hand.
It recommends both biting and scratching as ways of improving love-making, but insists on high standards of cleanliness. It states:
“The qualities of good nails are that they should be bright, well set, clean, entire, convex, soft, and glossy in appearance. The defects of teeth on the other hand are that they are blunt, protruding from the gums, rough, soft, large, or loosely set.”
The Kama Sutra also gives tips on the best ways to arrange a house. It suggests that people will be happiest if they have a pot for spitting in, a lute hanging from an elephant’s tooth, a soft bed and pots of flowers
A chapter is devoted to methods of seducing and getting away with sleeping with other men’s wives. But at the end Vatsyayana does admit that men shouldn’t make love to married women.
The book contains an early recipe for Viagra. It suggests that sparrows eggs boiled in milk and then mixed with clarified butter and honey will do wonders for a man’s love life.
There are 10 methods of kissing in the Kama Sutra (including) – the nominal kiss, the probing kiss, the touching kiss, the straight kiss, the bent kiss, the turned kiss, the pressed kiss and the greatly pressed kiss – and four ways to administer the kiss. That gives a total of 40 different ways to kiss a lover.
In April 1998 former president Bill Clinton was handed a copy of the Kama Sutra as he did a walk-about with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Cretien after the Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile.
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