Johann Sebastian Bach had 20 children. The family spawned 50 musicians and several notable composers: Joahnnes (a piper), Christoph (an instrumentalist), Johann Ambrosius (a violinist), and Veit (a white bread baker whose greatest pleasure was playing the Cittern). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
In 1844, during a pleasure cruise on a US steamship, a ship's gun exploded, killing the US secretary of state, secretary of the Navy, and four other high-ranking federal officials. The disaster killed more top US government officials in a single day than any other tragedy in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
There is a psychological state called β€œhelper’s high” whereby giving produces endorphins in the brain that provide a mild version of a morphine high. Research has shown that helping others lights up the same part of the brain as receiving rewards or experiencing pleasure. greatergood.berkeley.edu/…
The Analects, one of the most important scripture of Confucianism which is a large collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, literally starts with "Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned?" acmuller.net/con-dao/anal…
Today I learned of patient AB - "the first and only instance in which hallucinatory voices sought to reassure the patient, offered her a specific diagnosis, directed her to the hospital, expressed pleasure that she was well again, bid her farewell, and thereafter disappeared." researchgate.net/publicat…
The cover pattern on the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures is the pulse profile of the first pulsar (rotating neutron star) ever discovered. Its unofficial name was LGM-1, LGM being an abbreviation of β€œLittle Green Men”. radiox.co.uk/artists/joy-…
Cadbury's Flake chocolate bar gained some notoriety for its highly sensual advertising. In the UK, the advertisements showed people – almost always women – enjoying a Flake whilst relaxing. The Flake Girl became famous as a symbol of indulgence and secret pleasure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The units devised to measure pleasure/dopamine levels measure sex at 200 units whereas methamphetamine at 1,250 units awakeningsrehabilitation.…
We enjoy things more when we think they're expensive. A study showed that pleasure centers in the brain light up more when people are tasting an expensive wine than when they are tasting a cheap wine. In this study, both 'cheap' and 'expensive' wines were the exact same wine. researchgate.net/publicat…
With an estimated 8,000 nerve endings, the clitoris is the only human organ that exists solely for pleasure nbcnews.com/better/lifest…
A key symptom of depression is anhedonia, typically defined as the loss of ability to experience pleasure. It is a core feature of depression, but it is also one of the most treatment-resistant symptoms. Using ketomine, researchers found over-activity in the brain blunting reward seeking medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Today I learned about Dr. Robert Heath, who drilled holes in a gay mans skull, inserted electrodes in brain regions responsible for pleasure and arousal and zapped him while having sex with a female prostitute in order to find a β€žcureβ€œ for homosexuality. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Clay and earth are eaten in some nations; either for pleasure or to suppress hunger. One such clay is Kaolin, which is sold at most markets in Cameroon and is often flavored with spices such as black pepper and cardamom. Consumption is greatest among women, especially during pregnancy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Early in the development of Disney's Pinocchio (1940), Pleasure Island (where the boys turn into the donkeys) was initially called Boobyland. youtube.com/watch?v=LXZsw…
Rev. Rul. 69-68, 1969-1 C.B. 153, holds that gambling (even if illegal) is a proper activity for social clubs (Fraternities) exempt under IRC 501(c)(7) because it supplies pleasure and recreation to members and guests, even if it has an additional purpose of raising money. irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eoto…
Mozart had an extreme dislike for the soprano Adriana Ferrarese del Bene. She had a strange tendency to bob her head to low and high notes, and knowing this, Mozart chose to fill her showpiece with constant harmonic leaps. He took great pleasure watching her bob her head "like a chicken". operaomaha.org/blog/did-y…
Today I learned about Cockaigne, an imaginary place of "extreme luxury" in medieval myth where physical comforts and pleasures are always immediately at hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
The man who tried to kidnap Britain's Princess Anne in 1974 is still locked away in a psychiatric hospital "At Her Majesty's pleasure" 45 years later. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
"Day of Silence" in Bali where anything that interferes with self-reflection is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all (in 2020, it falls on March 25). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nye…
A survey of almost 7,000 people found that people felt more energetic and positive after watching cat videos. The pleasure they got from the videos was greater than the guilt of procrastinating. Dog videos work, too. titlemax.com/discovery-ce…
To be "anal retentive" originally referred to someone who took pleasure in retaining their feces dictionary.apa.org/anal-p…
At his execution, serial killer Peter KΓΌrten (The Vampire of DΓΌsseldorf) asked his psychiatrist if he would be able to hear the sound of his own blood gushing from the stump of his neck after his head was chopped off. He said it β€œwould be the pleasure to end all pleasures”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
There is a Vibrator bar in Japan where single women and couples can go to try upto 350 different kinds of vibrator's, dildo's and sex toys for a small fee. A cover charge of 3,000yen per person includes a 90-minute visit and two drinks. Of course you can extend your pleasure and stay longer. en.japantravel.com/tokyo/…
Epicureanism is a philosophy based on the teachings of Epicurus, founded around 307 B.C. It teaches that the greatest good is to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquillity, freedom from fear ("ataraxia") and absence from bodily pain ("aponia"). pursuit-of-happiness.org/…
The seven sins according to Gandhi: "Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
Scientists can remote-control rats by implanting electrodes in their brains, such that they get a rush of pleasure when they obey sent commands. Scientists can make them turn left or right, even climb objects. They are not forced to obey, they just want to because of the pleasure reward. nbcnews.com/id/3077264/ns…
Today I learned about β€œbenign masochism,” the pleasure people feel when they experience something that the body interprets as threatening such as spicy foods, roller coasters, or horror films. journal.sjdm.org/12/12502…
The sense of relief and pleasure after defecating has been scientifically studied, and has an official name: Poo-phoria news.dailytoast.com/blogs…
Natural condoms made from bladders and animal skins allow the transfer of body heat between partners. Latex condoms reduce heat transfer, which may contribute to reduced sexual pleasure fhi360.org/sites/default/…
Peter KΓΌrten a sadistic serial killer from the 1920's would find a sexual gratification in his own execution and said that his death would be "The pleasure to end all pleasures". He is classed as one of the most sadistic killers to ever live. youtube.com/watch?v=U8NYE…
Today I learned about Schadenfreude, a complex emotion, where rather than feeling sympathy towards someone's misfortune, joyful feelings are evoked that take pleasure from watching someone fail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, a conspirator of Operation Valkyrie, was strangled and revived multiple times during his filmed execution for Hitler's viewing pleasure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Vladimir the Great of Russia was confronted with the choice of converting Russia to Christianity or to Islam. He eventually chose Christianity, because of Islamic teaching on alcohol, saying, "Drinking is the joy of all Rus'. We cannot exist without that pleasure." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
There are over 2,200 miles of pleasure-boating canals in the United Kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Claiming that only Dolphins (plus humans, pigs, etc) have sex for pleasure is seen as a misconception by some scholars. We see sex where reproduction is impossible in many more animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Kim Jong Il reportedly bought more top-of-the-line cognac than anyone else in the world and imported β€œpleasure squads” of Swedish blondes to satisfy his lust nationalpost.com/opinion/…
North Korea enlists around 2000 women as part of a 'Pleasure Squad'. These are attractive women who provide entertainment and sexual services for top officials. One defector says Kim Jong-il was "sentimental when drunk, and even shed tears" thenational.ae/news/world…
Invasive brain implants which send electric shocks that activate pleasure senses are being used to treat severe cases of addiction scmp.com/news/china/scien…
Today I learned about Pope Julius III, a 16th century Pope who devoted himself to a β€œlife of personal pleasure” in office, extending to a scandal ridden relationship with his adopted cardinal nephew, who was 40 yrs younger than him They shared a bed, and Julius boasted of his nephew’s β€œability” in bed as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and paracetamol actually numbs emotional pain as well as reducing feelings of emotional pleasure β€œPeople [who took it] didn’t feel the same highs or lows as did the people who took placebos. telegraph.co.uk/news/heal…
Puritans were actually pro-sex for pleasure, and would censure parishioners who denied their partner sex or 3+ months. bostonmagazine.com/arts-e…
A cruise ship is primarily for pleasure and often sails a circular route whereas an ocean liner is primarily a transportation method taking passengers from one place to another. twistedsifter.com/2014/04…
While recording the album "Rumours", the members of Fleetwood Mac said that cocaine was more of a necessity than a pleasure, and seriously considered thanking their drug dealer in the album credits. rollingstone.com/music/li…
Prisoners will file down dominoes into intricate shapes, cut a slit into their penis, and insert the pieces to enhance sexual pleasure. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Osiris, the Egyptian Lord of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead, is said to have invented beer and brewing. The ancient Egyptians made at least 24 types of wine and 17 types of beer. These beverages were used for pleasure, nutrition, rituals, medicine, and payments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
Today I learned of "social anhedonia"- individuals who get no pleasure whatsoever from social interaction. The condition is associated with social and neural abnormalities in the brain. It affects men far more than women, indicating women are more skilled in social cognitive tasks on average. psychologicalscience.org/…
Ottoman sultan Murad III was impotent. According to historians "his arrow was working but was unable to reach the target of union and pleasure." After many attempts by his mother a cure was found with one side effect: his libido increased so much by the end of his reign he had over 100 children en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
While sexual sadist serial killer Peter KΓΌrten was in a guillotine, he said to a priest, "Tell me... after my head is chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Vladimir the Great chose to convert to Christianity instead of Islam, mainly because Islam doesn't allow alcoholic consumption. He remarked "Drinking is the joy of all Rus'. We cannot exist without that pleasure." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offered a $100,000 start up grant to design next generation condoms that "significantly preserves or enhances pleasure" and promote regular use. fox6now.com/2013/03/25/bi…

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