The Sexiest Cities In America

Monday, June 9, 2008

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The following U.S. cities are copulation capitals—if Census Bureau birth rates and A.C. Nielsen data on contraceptive sales are any indication. We've also factored in statewide birth and fertility rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), city-by-city sales of books about sex, and sales from several nationwide erotica outlets.

1. Denver, Colorado. The gateway to the Rockies may offer something more than breathtaking natural beauty: copious amounts of sex. In addition to impressive birth rates per capita, contraceptive sales are 189 percent higher within the mile-high city limits than the national average (sales of female contraceptives are a whopping 278 percent higher).
2. Portland, Oregon. Microbreweries, rose gardens, and coffeehouses aren't the only thing Portland residents have to smile about. This town's contraceptive sales per capita are 127 percent higher than those of most U.S. locales. Plus, the city ranks sixth in sales at Pure Romance, a company that offers an exclusive line of products for "relationship enhancement."
3. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Home of the prestigious University of Michigan, this quintessential college town was hailed as the sexiest city in America by Why? According to the online bookseller, books about sex account for 24 percent of Ann Arbor's residents' romantic purchases.
4. San Antonio, Texas. The second-largest city in the Lone Star state, San Antonio is known as a multicultural Mecca filled with historic landmarks—and apparently, fornication. When it comes to condom sales, Alamo City is the U.S.'s second-leading location. What's more, according to the CDC, Texas boasts the nation's second-highest birth rates (17.1 percent).
5. Boise, Idaho. The most populous city in the Gem State, Boise boasts a 25-mile riverfront greenbelt as well as a high quality of life. What's more, it's a hotbed for sex, boasting the country's second-highest birth rates per capita (interestingly, the city also ranks tenth when it comes to condom sales).

Identify Wild Flowers

Identifying wild flowers can be a great way of learning about nature without having to run after animals who, for some reason, don't like standing still long enough. Unfortunately this is one skill that requires a little expert help and so you need to purchase or borrow a Guide to Wild Flowers or Plants for your local area. This can become an intriguing hobby and may even lead to a career in botany.
Buy a good guide and read the introductory chapters to learn how to use its "identification key". This key will take a little getting used to and some practise but keys are usually designed to be easy to use.
Use the key on several wild plants you already know, until you can use the key practically for any flower or plant you come across in your area.
Learn more about your local flora (the wild plants in your area) by joining a local wild flower or naturalist club.
Keep a life list, or mark the location and date you found the plant in your guide or in a journal. This can be a very satisfying hobby and if you do become a botanist or National Parks guide, your little hand-kept guide will be extremely useful to refer back to all the time and you will undoubtedly continue to add to it during your career or volunteering.
Impress your family and friends with your botanical knowledge. Encourage them to help protect plants in their area.

  • Finding a good guide can be troublesome because they are usually very specific to an area, so ask at your local public library, a Biology department at a University close by or a nearby Park Office.
  • If you ever discover a flower or plant that isn't in your relevant guide and you think it may be a new discovery, take a photo of it and go and speak with a botanist at your local Parks Office or Botany Department in a university. They will always be keen to identify a new species of plant. If it is something new and you were its discoverer, it is quite possible the plant will be named after you!

    • Guides and advice on which wild flowers are edible are not always correct so avoid tummy aches and get your food at the store unless you are absolutely sure and you are not eating something rare or illegal to take.
    • Always leave wildflowers and plants where you find them, to preserve the plants for years and other visitors to come. You can never be sure how rare the plant is - it may differ even slightly from others not in your area and as such, it is important not to disturb it. Take a photo, not a plant.

Limit Your Exposure to Lead

Lead, also known as Pb on the periodic table or plumbum in Latin, has been widely used for about 7000 years because of its weight and soft properties. Only recently have studies shown its negative effects on human health, including damage to the central nervous system, stunted growth, and decreased IQ in children. Lead is on its way to getting completely phased out. It has already been taken out of food, paint, and gasoline in most of the developed world. Here are some guidelines that you can follow to help to lessen your overall exposure to lead.

Get your blood tested. Ideally, your level would be zero, but normal levels are less than 10 micrograms/decileter. If your level is any higher, then you will be perscribed medicine, usually EDTA, to make you excrete the lead.
Be well nourished with necessary metals, such as iron and zinc. Don't have too much of them, or that could poison you too. Having those metals in your body can help stop lead from entering.
Make sure nothing in your life includes lead. Have your tap water, products, and paint in your house tested for lead. Some things that may have lead in them are...
bottom layers of paint in houses in US built before 1979. Since the paint will only be on the bottom layers, you will generally be fine as long as it's not peeling.
candy from developing countries.
Hand-painted things from developing countries.
bullets. Make sure to use copper/brass coated bullets (most are) to eliminate airborne lead when shooting, but still wash your hands when you are done.
tap water. Drink your water from a filter in your refridgerator or a container.
car batteries. You generally do not touch these, but if you repair or manufacture them, you're in trouble.

Your body can get lead from inhaling it, inhaling its dust, eating it, or absorbing it through the skin. However, it should be noted that about 50 percent of lead inhaled is absorbed, 10 to 20 percent of lead ingested is absorbed, and less than 1 percent of lead touched is absorbed in adults. For children, those percentages are significantly higher.
Today's pencils do not contain lead. The writing substance is made from graphite, which is not potentially hazardous to your health as is lead. People call it that because Romans used to write with lead rods.

Symptoms of lead poisoning include irritability, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, headaches, difficulty concentrating, constipation and abdominal pain. If you notice more than two of those symptoms, call a doctor.
Be extra careful when traveling to poor countries.

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