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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Science Says People Who Curse A Lot Are Healthy

Filed under: health care/social issues,social life and customs — 01varvara @ 00.00


I grew up with two older sisters who are much older than I am. When I was 6-years-old, my eldest sister was already 16-years-old, which means, there was always some foul language going on around the house. I quickly picked up some not-so-good words when I was super young, so much so that my mom frequently put soap in my mouth (unsure as to what her point was, I still say fuck like it’s going out of style). While many people believe swearing and using cuss-words is inappropriate and in bad taste, it turns out that there are some benefits in having a potty mouth. According to science and some studies, there’s a bunch of reasons that swearing is good for you. Researchers decided that those who swear regularly are more happy, healthy, intelligent, and (of course) honest. One study indicates that during an argument (in any setting), using profanity can lead to higher effectiveness and persuasion. If you’re trying to be seen as passionate and firm in a stance, using swear words can help your agenda.

By swearing, we not only communicate the meaning of a sentence but also our emotional response to the meaning… our emotional reaction to something. It also allows us to express anger, disgust, or pain, or indicate to someone that they need to back off, without having to resort to physical violence.

Along with this, studies show that those who curse have higher levels of integrity and, in turn, can be much more honest people. According to research, those who use profanity tend to lie less, as tested on a lie detector exam. In terms of your mood, researchers also say that letting out a few bad words every now and again can actually release endorphins, like exercising, and can overall improve your mood. There’s nothing like letting out a few F-bombs when you’re having a bad day, right?

If you’re looking how to test your intelligence, knowing bad words can also lead to the indication that you have a better vocabulary than those who don’t know as many bad words. As well, cursing can be a sign of having a higher IQ. In addition, swearing improves your pain tolerance, which is why we all love to scream profanity when we’re injured. Researchers say that cursing can have the same effect on those in pain as a shot of morphine can have… which is wild. Therefore, the next time someone tells you to “watch your mouth” or “language”, be sure to inform them that you’re only looking to better your own life and soul. Also, take pride in the fact that you’re probably happier than they are.

28 January 2018



Wednesday, 20 June 2012

America Has No Problems

There are NO problems in America!


Editor’s Foreword:

This is played for laughs, VERY tongue-in-cheek, which means it’s a total hoot. Rightwingers would repeat it, thinking that Mr Kalder (a Scotsman) is praising the USA. There are many ways to deflate an opponent… Kalder’s method is clever and subtle. Mr Kalder skewers his target whilst appearing to praise them. Hat tip…



Problems, problems, everybody has problems. Look at Russia right now. Those protesters… they’ve got problems. If they don’t get prior permission for their rallies, they’ll now face fines of thousands of dollars. The opposition leaders have problems… the police raided their apartments, seized all their hi-tech gear, and “investigations are continuing”. Pussy Riot has problems. Ksenia Sobchak has problems… jeez… so many problems. Elsewhere it’s worse. Look at Egypt, where the Supreme Constitutional Court just dissolved parliament ahead of presidential elections between two decidedly unlovely candidates… its complete chaos; nobody knows what’s coming next… no wonder the folks are hopping mad! Then, there’s Europe, where the currency is about to slip down the drain. What about Libya, Syria, and Mali? The list goes on and on.

Thank goodness, I live in America, where we have no problems. You doubt me? Why, just look at a few recent news stories and you’ll be obliged to kneel before my Truth. Firstly, have you heard that in New Jersey the authorities just mandated seatbelts for cats and dogs? Oh, yes, my friends. If you don’t buckle up your beast, you get a fine of 250 to 1,000 dollars (8,160 to 32,640 Roubles. 200 to 800 Euros. 160 to 640 UK Pounds) for your callousness and disregard for public safety. That’s right… no longer will Fido be able to ride shotgun, fur flying in the breeze. See what I mean? Would the wise legislators of New Jersey be concerned about the seating arrangements of cats in trucks if they had serious issues, like homelessness, unemployment, or crime to think about? I don’t think so. Then, there’s the pleasant town of Middleborough in Massachusetts, where residents recently voted to approve a proposal from the local police chief to impose a 20 dollar (653 Roubles. 16 Euros. 12.75 UK Pounds) fine for public profanity. That’s right, life in Middleborough is so good that the sound of a teenager saying $#@! or &^%$#! is a big deal. Just try and imagine what kind of utopia the town must be. Oh, wait… you can’t, because you’ve so many problems. However, life is bliss, friends, and soon… with the disappearance of salty language from the streets… it’ll be perfection.

All right, I hear you cry, but what about John Travolta? He’s American and he’s got problems! This is true. Recently, the married Look Who’s Talking star faced accusations of pestering male masseurs for sex, and he was hit with sexual battery claims. This week, meanwhile, the National Enquirer reported that, in the 1980s, Travolta had an affair with his personal pilot, a man named Doug Gotterba. This could cause problems for Travolta in Hollywood, where producers have yet to green-light a film in which the action hero is gay. Compounding the actor’s woes, the Enquirer reports that Travolta’s lover objected to his fat, hairy body. On the other hand, the fact that anybody bothers to report this, and that I spent several minutes of my life reading about it, proves that in America we have no serious problems.

Which brings me to the Ku Klux Klan… you may have heard that a branch of the racist organisation wants to “adopt” a stretch of highway in Georgia, for which they would receive a little plaque thanking them for cleaning up the road. I’ll concede that this is a problem. Racists still exist. On the other hand, we can see improvement. Once upon a time, the KKK terrorised and murdered blacks, and people with links to the KKK infested the Democratic Party at the highest level. For instance, Hugo Black, Roosevelt’s first appointment to the Supreme Court joined the Klan in the 1920s, President Harry Truman was an ex-Klansman, and onetime Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd… who filibustered the Civil Rights Act for 14 straight hours in 1964… only died in 2010. In 2008, however, the Democratic Party nominated a black man for president, and he subsequently won. KKK membership today consists largely of morons, sometimes married to their cousins, who meekly ask the state for permission to pick up litter on the highway. As it is, Georgia turned them down. America’s making great progress.

Lastly, you may have heard that America has a few economic problems. Nevertheless, this is a myth. How do I know this? Well, the president’s been spending a lot of time with his celebrity friends lately. In June alone, he attended at least six parties and dinners, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Mariah Carey, Julia Roberts, and the lady with the long face from Sex and the City. He even gave Jon Bon Jovi a ride on Air Force One! Now, cynics might say he only wants their money, but I know better. The president enjoys downtime with friends, like the rest of us. It’s just that he has richer and more beautiful friends! Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts, my friends. Good luck with your problems. We don’t have any.

15 June 2012

Daniel Kalder



Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Sergei Yolkin’s World: Cussin’ Kills the Pain

Cussin’ Kills the Pain

Sergei Yolkin



Profanity may work as a painkiller, according to British scientists, The Daily Mail reported. Dr Richard Stephens, the lead researcher, said, “Swearing provokes an emotional fight-or-flight response in the face of stress. It generates pain-killing endorphins and releases them into the bloodstream. This study shows that if people want to benefit from swearing they should save it up for when it really matters… when they are in genuine pain. While I wouldn’t advocate the prescription of swearing as part of a medicalised pain management strategy, our research suggests that we should be tolerant of people who swear while experiencing acute pain. I occasionally receive letters from members of the public recounting episodes in which they, as adults, were chastised for swearing during a painful episode. They feel that my research findings vindicate their actions”. Dr Stephens went on to say, “People have used profanity over the centuries, it’s an almost universal phenomenon in linguistics. Profanities affect the centres of emotions in the brain, which are located in the right hemisphere, whereas the literal meaning of language is processed by the left hemisphere in humans. Our research shows why profanity in expression appeared and why it proved turned out to have such power”.

20 April 2011



Editor’s Note:

EUREKA! There’s a scientific explanation for shouting “shit” when you stub your toe… it makes you feel better! My Nicky claims that I can peel the paint off the walls when I’m frustrated… he says that my tombstone will have two things on it (besides my name and dates, of course):

  • SHIT!

This is legit science… why didn’t you and I think up such a racket? This guy gets PAID for writing that people get a sense of satisfaction from the use of the “dirty seven” when times are tough… I thought that EVERYBODY knew that one (at the risk of a BAD pun, “a real no-brainer”). Well… that’s academe for ya…


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