Seven Year Itch? – Does It Really Exist?

The Seven Year Itch – Does It Really Exist?

The Seven Year Itch - Does It Really Exist?


Only twenty five percent of the primate species are monogamous, and less than five percent of mammals form a monogamous bond to raise their offspring.

Ninety percent of bird species team up to raise their young, but most only do so while the young are vulnerable.

Once they are grown, the pair separates.

Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and author of Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery and Divorce, told Scientific American that for several years she has been investigating whether the "seven-year itch”, or the tendency to get divorced after seven years of marriage really exists, and if it does, is there is a biological basis for it.

The Length Of Time Is Not Necessarily Seven Years

"I began by studying worldwide data on marriage and divorce and noticed that although the median duration of marriage was seven years, of the couples who divorced, most did so around their fourth year".

"I also found that divorce occurred most frequently among couples at the height of their reproductive and parenting years—for men, ages 25 to 29, and for women, ages 20 to 24 and 25 to 29—and among those with one dependent child".

"In hunter-gatherer societies, women tended to have children around four years apart. Equally, it was around four years old that the children moved on to be raised by broader community groups rather than their parents, who were then free to find new partners if they chose to. The four-year divorce peak among modern humans may be an evolutionary hangover from this time".

Helen Fisher said.

Two Different Movies

Groups who oppose divorce celebrated the documentary movie March of the Penguins, because it showed monogamous pairs of penguins lovingly raising their young, and they thought that nature was giving us a sign that we had let things slide, and were forgetting our natural obligations.

However, if they viewed the movie called March of the Mallards, they would have seen ducks mating in what amounts to an orgy, involving males who rather than being faithful had a good chance of going on to perform necrophilia.

Seven Year Itch Or Four Year Itch?

Humans are not overly consistent in any of their actions throughout a lifetime, and according to the business site Fast Company.

"The median number of years a US worker has been in his or her current job is just 4.4".

Do You Have A Secret?

If you’ve been married for four or seven plus years and still enjoy or even yearn for sex with your husband or wife, and still can’t wait for them to walk through the door, then please share the secret and maybe help others.

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Shopping – Out Of Town Shopping Centers Destroyed Local Communities

Shopping Out Of Town Is Destroying Local Communities

Shopping - Out Of Town Shopping Centers Are Ruining Communities

The growth of large hypermarkets and cash and carries, and especially those that are often 15-20 minutes from town centers has become very controversial.

Their impact on traditional local retailers has been hotly debated and America’s experience with Wal-Mart is often used as a prime example.

Proponents of the centers argue they offer shoppers better prices and choice and also generate development and investment in the local area.

Opponents maintain however that they destroy town centers, degrade the environment and erode local communities.

Saving Some Money But Ruining A Life Style

It’s perfectly normal if you do a lot of your shopping at hypermarkets and cash and carries, but how do you feel when another local store closes its doors?

There was a time not so long ago when people might spend half a day traveling from a small village to a town to buy a pair of shoes or whatever.

But the time spent was probably well worth it.

The traveler would be greeted and most likely known by the seller and the two and perhaps others would discuss all the local news.

The purchase might take a couple of hours after which the buyer would return to his village and tell others about his shopping adventure.

Now, shopping is mostly an anonymous experience with forced smiles and ‘Have a nice day".

Shopping For Bread And Tasting Jelly

Just fifteen years ago I lived in a place in the south of England that was the size of a large village or a small town, and I spent about a year there.

An example of one of the joys of living there was going to buy bread.

The owner of the store would chat to me and maybe ask me if I had tried Mrs Finlay’s new gooseberry jam, and if I said that I hadn’t then I’d be offered a small spoon of it to taste.

Does the bakery still exist? Does Mrs Finlay still make jelly for the locals?

I don’t know, but probably not :-(

Huge Chinese Stores

An additional thing now is the appearance of very large Chinese stores in many small and larger towns.

They have huge inventories of all kinds of things and sell at lower prices than the locals.

I don’t know how they manage to pay the rent on the stores or perhaps they are owned.

It seems very likely that the stores are rented or purchased by big manufacturers in China that use them as an outlet for their products.

And it seems unlikely that the Chinese that work in them for about sixteen hours a day, seven days a week are the owners.

The Clock Can’t Be Turned Back

I realize that we can’t ban out of town shopping or big Chinese stores and a great many people wouldn’t want to.

But is there a way to stop the decimation of small towns and villages?

I didn’t think there was, but maybe the out of town mega-shops will fail because of online shopping?

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What do you think?

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Electrocuted? Can You Be Killed By Peeing On The 3rd Rail?

Electrocuted? Can You Be Electrocuted If You Pee On The Third Rail?

Can You Be Electrocuted By Peeing On The 3rd Rail?

On July 8 2013 Matthew Zeno aged 30 was said to have been electrocuted because he peed on the third rail of the G train in Brooklyn.

And his death renewed a long standing debate as to whether you can actually be killed by peeing on the rail.

A MythBusters test appeared to indicate however that it was next to impossible unless you stood just inches away from the rail.


A later report in the Brooklyn Paper reported that Zeno was drunk and jumped down onto the track with a friend so they could urinate.

I can’t imagine however, even when drunk, why a person would climb down onto electric train rails to relieve himself?

So Did Zeno Jump Down And Then Get Electrocuted?

Both the Manhattan Transportation Authority and law enforcement officials denied a "whiz-3rd rail connection" in the Wall Street Journal.

Rats Walk Along The Rail And Don’t Get Electrocuted

It is not the voltage of the third rail that is deadly, as anyone who has seen a subway rat run along the rail unharmed can attest to, but it’s the current that flows through a completed circuit which is lethal.

For example, the circuit completed by a human being standing with one foot on the rail and one foot on the ground, or with both feet on the ground and a urine stream from the rail to the body completing the circuit.

Just 100 milliamperes of current is sufficient to cause ventricular fibrillation and death!

So what do you think?

Is it possible to get killed by peeing on the rail?

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Are You More Likely To Die From Medical Malpractice Or A Gun?

The U.S. Has More Guns And Gun Deaths Than Any Other Country!

Are doctors really more dangerous than guns?

Reseach shows that America has more guns and gun deaths than any other developed country in the world!

A study by two New York City cardiologists found that the U.S. has 88 guns per 100 people and 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people which is more than any of the other twenty seven developed countries that were studied.

Japan, on the other hand, had only .6 guns per 100 people and .06 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people, making it the country with both the fewest guns per capita and the fewest gun-related deaths.

A full list of handgun related deaths.

Do Guns Make People Safer?

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Did The Pilgrim Fathers Really Wear Black And Buckles?

Did The Pilgrim Fathers Wear Black And Eat Turkey?

Did the Pilgrim Fathers wear black and hate sex?
It seems like most of us take it as a given that the Pilgrim Fathers wore lots of buckles, were deeply religious, hated sex and landed on Plymouth Rock etc. but how much of this stuff is real and how much is myth?


When Did The Pilgrims First Settle?

"Pilgrims" is a name commonly applied to early settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, with the men commonly called Pilgrim Fathers.

The Pilgrims’ leadership came from the religious congregations of Brownist English Dissenters who had fled the volatile political environment in England for the relative calm and tolerance of 16th–17th century Holland in the Netherlands.

Their first English settlement was established in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 and the second one was established in what is now present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

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