Italian artist/entrepreneur Salvatore Iaconesi scanned thousands of sexually-oriented websites, searching for instances of people posting their mobile phone number in the hope of getting a "date". He took screen shots of the phone numbers, and now he's selling those screen shots as art.
One of his "paintings" costs 50€. But if your number is in his database and you want it removed, that'll cost you 1000€. There's no info on how well his sales are going. [Forbes.com]
Researchers Anna Lomanowska and Matthieu Guitton spent a year examining scantily-clad avatars in the game Second Life in order to determine just how much skin they show — and whether the female avatars show more skin, on average, than the male avatars. A tough job, but someone had to do it! They discovered that "virtual females disclose substantially more naked skin than virtual males." This adds to the growing body of evidence that pretty much everyone likes looking at naked women. (Advertisers have known this since forever.) Their full article can be read at PLOS ONE.
[From Playboy for November 1968. Click to enlarge.]
I can imagine a man being follicle-challenged and able only to grow a patchy beard or mustache. But most of us can grow a perfectly fine crop of facial hair for free. Why would anyone spend money for a fake? And the price! The Inflation Calculator I always use says: "What cost $30 in 1968 would cost $185.89 in 2010."
But the weirdest thing is the appeal to scam your girlfriend or one-night-stand with fake hair. Huh?