What is Celibacy?

March 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances.

While attending a Marriage Weekend, Frank and his wife Ann listened to the instructor declare, “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.”

He then addressed the men.

“Can you name and describe your wife’s favorite flower?”

Frank leaned over, touched Ann’s arm gently, and whispered, “Gold Medal-All-Purpose”, isn’t it?”

Thus began Frank’s life of celibacy

For non-American readers, “Gold Medal-All-Purpose” is a popular baking flour

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Boy builds fusor: “All the best school science experiments carry at least a hint of danger. But when 13-year-old Jamie Edwards informed his stunned headmaster of his plan to build a nuclear reactor in a classroom, the obvious question was: ‘Will it blow the school up?’ Fortunately, in a victory for the spirit of amateur scientific discovery over the health and safety culture, Jamie’s promise that it was perfectly safe was believed. And yesterday he became the youngest person in the world to achieve nuclear fusion from scratch at his Lancashire secondary school, using high energy to smash two hydrogen atoms together to make helium. Jamie, who attends Penwortham Priory Academy near Preston, has been fascinated with radiation for years, on one occasion even buying a Geiger counter with his Christmas money. His fusion ambition was sparked by reading about a 14-year-old US schoolboy, Taylor Wilson, who had become the youngest to produce a small fusion reactor in Nevada in 2008.

British bird brains: “You’d have thought that ten firefighters, a PCSO and an RSPCA inspector would be enough to rescue a pet cockatiel from a tree in a local park. But after watching them try – and fail – for seven hours, the bird’s owner, Madge Morris, 80, decided to take matters into her own hands. Remembering that her pet Georgie loved to snuggle in her bright pink dressing gown, she decided to don the robe and call him. To the amazement of more than 100 onlookers, her plan worked, and the cockatiel flew down. The widow said last night: ‘I’d tried everything else to get her attention but suddenly I remembered how much she loves to snuggle in my robe so when she refused to come down, I asked my friend to bring it to the park. ‘Everyone must have thought I was a mad woman by the way I was running around the park in my pink bath robe flapping my arms and calling out to Georgie. ‘When she saw me she cocked her head and must have realised it was me because she fluttered off the branches and down.

Wombs for rent: The Indian baby farms: “Indian ‘baby farms’ are thriving as demand from couples from developed countries, including the UK, soars. Infertile couples are turning to women in India to carry and give birth to their children, as commercial surrogacy is not legal in certain countries, or if it is legal, can be prohibitively expensive. The money these women are earn – as much as £4,700 per pregnancy – is transforming communities. The Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Anand, a small town in the Indian state of Gujarat, is at the forefront of the commercial surrogacy in India. The treatment at the clinic costs from £17,000 with the surrogate receiving about £4,700 as a fee. The surrogates generally come from poor backgrounds. In India, about one third of the population lives on less than 75p a day. The money paid to women for carrying other people’s babies has had a huge economic impact on families in the surrounding villages”

Otter eats gator: “They may appear cute and cuddly, but as one alligator soon learned, otters can be vicious predators. These photos show an otter overpowering a juvenile gator and despite the reptile doing its best, it was no match for the fanged weasel-cousin. The animals were spotted at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, where it soon became clear that the otter was in it to win it. The otter attacked the relatively young gator by biting it over the neck, ensuring it could not turn around and bite back. After a short struggle, the otter was able to drag the reptile onto a riverbank and out of sight. It then proceeded to eat the animal alive, validated by the ‘crunching noises’ that could be heard from the bank. Despite their adorable appearance, otters are the apex predator of many freshwater species. North American river otters can grow to be three to four feet long and weigh between 10 and 30lbs and must eat the equivalent of 15 per cent of their own body weight each day to keep warm.”

Another flying car try: “As the firm gears up to finally release its flying car next year, engineers from Massachusetts-based Terrafugia are set to reveal how the Transition was created. The Transition took part in two 20-minute flight demonstrations in July and is still going through tests needed to earn it federal certification. The Transition can reach speeds of around 70 miles per hour on the road and 115 in the air. It flies using a 23-gallon tank of automotive fuel and burns 5 gallons per hour in the air. On the ground, it gets 35 miles per gallon. The Transition has rear-wheel drive when on the road. It has been in development for seven years and during flight testing in 2012, it successfully flew for eight minutes. The Terrafugia has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car. It can carry two people, including the pilot, plus luggage and runs on unleaded petrol.”

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