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Judging a book by the cover stud


Don’t tell anyone the big secret, but I guess the folks who publish Harlequin romances can’t just rely on breathtaking plot twists, multi-layered characters and gripping prose to sell enough of their books. That’s where guys with no shirts come in.

This weekend, Harlequin representatives went looking for “regular” dudes they might want to use as models for their book covers, checking out about 200 men at a Toronto casting house.

A Harlequin spokeswoman said they were looking for “that iconic look that women go for – sexy, sensitive, beautiful and fit.” D’oh! Have I been stupid, or what? I thought they just wanted a good sense of humor. Jonathan Spicer reports:

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A man poses during a casting call for Harlequin romance novels in Toronto on March 24, 2007. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Don’t look at that chalk outline, sweetie!


Say, what kind of school is this, anyway? It turns out four Albanian teachers have been censured for drunken and lewd behavior in a remote village school after they had sex behind a classroom blackboard. Incensed parents locked the schoolhouse to stop the drinking and sex.

“Would you call someone a teacher who drinks raki at ten in the morning and gets drunk and chases the schoolgirls?” asked the irate father of one of the students.

Sorry, the ambassador is tied up now…

If you have an upcoming appointment to see the Israeli ambassador in El Salvador, you might want to reconfirm it. It turns out he has been recalled to Israel, after being found naked, drunk, bound and gagged, with sex toys lying nearby in the yard of his official residence, according to Israeli media reports.

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said his behavior was “unbecoming of a diplomat.

Hey, that’ll take years off your life, Mister…


It turns out a 107-year-old guy in Hong Kong has attributed his longevity in part to decades of sexual abstinence, according to a newspaper report. Chan Chi was quoted as saying he gave up sex when he was 30.

Now, this isn’t going where you think it is. No cheap comments like without sex maybe it just seems like he’s 107 years old, or like if that’s what you have to do to live that long, maybe it’s not worth it.

And DON’T make it sound like the dead guy had any fun…


The Catholic Church in Australia, worried that some eulogies for the dead are getting too long-winded, has imposed a five-minute limit on them.

The church also said that certain areas of the dead person’s life are now off-limits in eulogies, notably drinking and sex. Of course, if sex and drinking are now taboo topics, eulogies will probably automatically get a lot shorter. Heck, for some people, the eulogies may just disappear altogether.

More than you need to know…


kink.jpgIt’s a failing. Sometimes I scoff too quickly.

For instance, we have a video report on a new museum exhibit exploring the world of sexual kinks and fetishes.

We see a woman explaining that most people are familiar with shoe fetishes, leather fetishes, bondage, etc. “We really wanted to expose people to a whole world that’s beyond that,” she adds.

Viagra over the counter – what could possibly go wrong?


Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
And so are these pills
That I’m getting for you

I guess because not enough men are already taking the prescription drug Viagra, a drugstore chain in Britain is about to start selling the blue impotence pills over the counter, and they’ve chosen Valentine’s Day to begin.

Sex doesn’t get much worse…


If Dawn Madden’s breasts were a pair of Danishes, Debby Crombie’s got two Space Hoppers.

Ahem. As this sentence suggests, it’s time again for the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction awards. This time, the top prize went to author Iain Hollingshead, for a passage in his novel Twenty Something, and the award was presented by Courtney Love. Here is The Review’s story, and here are this year’s short-listed passages:courtney.jpg

So, EXACTLY where do I have to hit my head?


Whatever you do, keep this story to yourself.  I see nothing good happening if the masses get hold of it.

Basically, there was this normal, regular guy who fell off of a piece of equipment at work and hit his head, and became transformed and “disinhibited.” His marriage was wrecked as he turned to affairs, prostitutes and pornography, and was finally awarded nearly $6 million in damages.

Doc says I got a dose of marinara, but they can treat it…


I don’t know if this means you need to be more careful in the kitchen, or in the bedroom.  Maybe both places.  A new survey shows that nearly two-thirds of Brits surveyed think the fiery Italian sauce Arrabiata is a sex infection. 

Perhaps today’s extra publicity will help raise awareness, though, and there will be a run on home diagnostic kits for marinara, bolognese and other such diseases.     sauce.jpg