Saturday, March 08, 2008

New Zealand Tourism Skyrockets

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. I'll let "Stuff" take it away:

"Dating culture is dead - instead, young New Zealand women are regularly getting drunk and cruising around in packs looking for men to have sex with.

That's one of the findings of a TVNZ Sunday investigation into the sexual behaviour of New Zealand women. The programme makers did the story after Kiwi women last year topped the Durex Sexual Wellbeing Global Survey as the world's most promiscuous.

They are reported to have an average of 20 sexual partners, double that of their Australian and British counterparts and almost three times the global average of seven."

The sound you just heard was millions of American men rushing to book flights to New Zealand. All I can say is that I was clearly born far too early, and tragically not in New Zealand.

But perhaps there is a downside...the same article reported that Kiwi men weren't entirely grateful for the trend:

"The Sunday Star-Times' Being a Bloke survey last year found that 29% of the 5000 men surveyed felt they had been pressured into having sex or had had sex unwillingly."

I get the feeling that the hordes of bachelors in Silicon Valley would be quite delighted to take their place...at first at least. "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy...and bruised."

Quote of the Day: Ignorant and Arrogant

“I can work with a client who is ignorant. I can work with a client who is arrogant. But I cannot work with one who is both.”
--James Alexander

Another great turn of the phrase

Also from "The United States of Arugula," on describing the industrial chickens available from Tyson and Perdue:

"Pen-raised chickens, like San Fernando Valley porn, offered consistency and enormous breasts, but little in the way of lasting satisfaction."

It'll give you a completely different perspective on the freezer aisle!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Description of the Day: Barbara Lazaroff

Here's a real doozy from "The United States of Arugula" by David Kamp, a rollicking history of gourmet cooking in America. The author is describing Wolfgang Puck's ex-wife:

"A human tornado with curtains of dark hair, a Funkadelic wardrobe, and the sexpot body and tough-chick mein of the protagonist in a women's-prison exploitation movie, Lazaroff was the id that Puck never dared unleash."

The decription is memorably recapped later on in five words: "force-of-nature scorpion woman."

The book is a must-read for anyone who loves food.

I sure do love great writing. And women's-prison exploitation movies.*

* Just kidding!