Researchers are hoping to use the Apple Watch to better understand binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.
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Researchers are hoping to use the Apple Watch to better understand binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.
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Amazon will end 2018 capturing about 48 percent of U.S. e-commerce sales, or $252 billion, compared with 43.1 percent in 2017, according to a study by eMarketer.
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The contribution of a single small business to the multitrillion US GDP is minuscule, but together all small businesses are responsible for almost half of the private nonfarm GDP. With a similar viewpoint, Etsy just announced all of its sellers on the company’s platform together contribute $4.7 billion to the US economy.
The data comes from Etsy’s first-ever economic impact study to see how sellers in the US contribute to the country’s economy. The $4.7 billion is quite impressive when you take into account 79% of the sellers on the site are micro businesses with a single person, with 97% of them running their shops from their home.
This study is yet another example of the contribution of small businesses to the overall economy of countries around the world, and not just in the US.
On the company blog, Etsy CEO Josh Silverman expressed this very sentiment regarding the company he now runs and what the study managed to highlight. Silverman said, “The new study demonstrates that while individually they may be small, together Etsy sellers are a mighty force of economic empowerment and impact.”
Etsy carried out the study in the Spring of 2018, which is based on its US Etsy Seller Census of US sales from May 2017 to May 2018. A total of 2,658 U.S. Etsy sellers participated in an online interview from April 24 to May 14, 2018
More 2018 Etsy Statistics
In addition to contributing $4.7 billion to the US economy, Etsy sellers in the US also generate $1 billion for themselves.
The company says by bringing unique products to market and harnessing their creativity, sellers produced more than $2 billion in additional economic value for the country. Additionally, they generated more than $850 million in wages and income for US workers in other segments of the economy.
The indirect economic impact comes out to $2.68 billion when you take into account the purchases of materials, rental space, and using employment agencies to find help. The demand from sellers is helping the retail, real estate, management, and wholesale industries benefit from their entrepreneurial spirit.
Etsy has created a detailed dashboard from the report with some valuable data sellers and small business owners can use to see what is taking place in the industry.
It covers Etsy Sellers, National Impact, Economic Output, Jobs, Income, Value Added, Regional Impact, and Local Initiatives.
Each topic has its own page so you can drill down and get more granular data with interactive graphs.
The page for Regional Impact, for example, goes into great detail on how the maker economy is affecting the Wes, Midwest, South, and Northeast. This includes a further break down how each region is doing in total economic output, jobs, income, and the value it adds.
This report provides a comprehensive view of the industry, and if you are a maker or a small business supplying their needs, it is a worthwhile read.
This article, “Etsy Study Says Small Businesses Selling on the Platform Contribute $4.7B to the US Economy” was first published on Small Business Trends
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An article published in Reader’s Digest1 suggests you are at a greater risk for certain negative health and life outcomes if you are left-handed, including accidents, certain mental and physical problems and even early death.
While it’s obvious left-handers face challenges with respect to using everyday items like keyboards, notebooks, scissors and zippers, which are typically designed to favor right-handed users, does research support the notion left-handedness is actually dangerous to your health?
Factors That Influence Your Choice of Handedness
Handedness — your tendency to be more comfortable and skilled using one hand more than the other for tasks like dressing, throwing a ball or writing — is a complex matter. Although you may think it is determined solely by genetics, handedness is a complex trait influenced by multiple factors, such as chance, environment and genetics.
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH),2 the development of handedness begins before birth and is influenced by genes, as well as both your right-left asymmetry and the right and left hemispheres of your brain. They state:3
“It was initially thought a single gene controlled handedness. However, more recent studies suggest multiple genes, perhaps up to 40, contribute to this trait. Each of these genes likely has a weak effect by itself, but together they play a significant role in establishing hand preference.
Studies suggest at least some of these genes help determine the overall right-left asymmetry of the body starting in the earliest stages of development.”
Science Daily highlights asymmetry as an important feature of your brain, noting the left side usually controls speech and language, while the right side controls emotion. They assert, “In left-handers this pattern is often reversed.
There is also evidence that asymmetry of the brain was an important feature during human evolution; the brains of our closest relatives, the apes, are more symmetrical than those of humans — and apes do not show a strong handedness.”4 Authors of a 2013 study published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews comment similarly:5
“Handedness is the single most studied aspect of human brain asymmetries. For long it has been thought to be a monogenic trait that can produce an asymmetrical shift of cerebral mechanisms, thereby producing right-handedness. Nevertheless, a single gene explaining a sufficient amount of phenotypic variance has not been identified.
The results of several recent studies using advanced molecular genetic techniques suggest that a multifactorial model taking into account both multiple genetic and environmental factors, as well as their interactions, might be better suited to explain the complex processes underlying the ontogenesis of handedness.”
Additionally, your prenatal environment and cultural influences are thought to play a role in determining which hand will dominate. In terms of prevalence, the NIH asserts 85 to 90 percent of the population in Western countries are right-handed.6 About 10 percent are left-handed and the remainder thought to be ambidextrous (able to use both hands equally well).
According to Clare Porac, Professor Emerita of psychology at Penn State University, the lowest rates of left-handedness, 4 to 6 percent, are found in Africa, Asia and South America.7
Genes Associated With Handedness
To date, researchers have identified a few of the genes thought to influence handedness. Two notable genes associated with handedness are:
• LRRTM1 (Leucine-rich repeat transmembrane neuronal 1) — This gene has been associated with an increased likelihood of left- or mixed-handed people also having schizophrenia or another neurological disorder.8,9
Authors of a 2001 meta-analysis featured in the British Journal of Psychiatry — involving 19 studies on handedness, 10 dichotic listening studies and 39 studies investigating anatomical asymmetry in schizophrenia — stated:10
“The prevalence of mixed- and left-handedness (‘nonright-handedness’) was significantly higher in patients with schizophrenia as compared to healthy controls, and also as compared to psychiatric controls. Strong evidence is provided for decreased cerebral lateralization in schizophrenia.”
• PCSK6 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 6) — This gene has been linked to an increased chance of left-handedness being noted in people with dyslexia. Researchers involved with a 2011 study presented in Human Molecular Genetics commented:11
“These results provide molecular evidence that cerebral asymmetry and dyslexia are linked. Furthermore, PCSK6 is a protease that cleaves the left–right axis determining protein NODAL.
Functional studies of PCSK6 promise insights into mechanisms underlying cerebral lateralization and dyslexia.”
Potential Health Risks Thought to More Often Affect Left-Handers
Although being left-handed is not an exclusive factor in any health risk, there are a number of situations that have been linked to left-handedness. Research suggests left-handed people are at increased risk for:
• Accidents — A 1989 body of research published in the American Journal of Public Health12 focused on self-reported injuries and handedness in a group of nearly 1,900 Canadian college students.
Researchers found more left-handers (51 percent) reported having an injury requiring medical attention during the past two years than right-handers (36 percent). In addition, left-handed people were 85 percent more likely to be injured while driving a vehicle than right-handers.
• Breast cancer — While your diet, lifestyle and any number of environmental factors can influence your chances of developing breast cancer, a 2007 body of research presented in the British Journal of Cancer asserts left-handers are at greater risk than right-handers of being diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly after menopause.13
Based on surveys completed by 1,786 Australian women who were part of a larger multidecade health study, the scientists said, “Left-handedness may be an indicator of intrauterine exposure to estrogens, which may increase the risk of breast cancer.
Left-handers had higher risk of breast cancer than right-handers and the effect was greater for postmenopausal breast cancer.”14
• Earlier death — In a 1991 study featured in The New England Journal of Medicine,15 researchers analyzed death certificates and distributed questionnaires about handedness to the next of kin for 2,000 deceased individuals from two counties in southern California.
Based on 987 usable cases, they noted the mean age of death for right-handers was 75 years, as compared to just 66 years for left-handers. The study authors stated, “These results are consistent with predictions based on implied pathological factors and environmental interactions suggesting left-handers are at greater risk of death.”16
• Psychotic disorders — As mentioned, being left-handed could put you at increased risk for a psychotic illness. A 2013 study17 from Yale University observed the handedness of 107 patients diagnosed with a mood or psychotic disorder at a public outpatient psychiatric clinic in a low-income urban area.
Whereas the prevalence of mood disorders was 11 percent (a figure consistent with rates in the general population), they discovered 40 percent of the schizophrenic patients reported writing with their left hands.
Lead study author Dr. Jadon Webb, a psychiatrist at the Arapahoe Mental Health Center in Littleton, Colorado, and his team said, “Our results show a strikingly higher prevalence of left-handedness among patients presenting with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, compared with patients presenting with mood symptoms.”18
Other Ways Left-Handed People Differ From Those Who Are Right-Handed
Beyond the potential for increased risk of certain health-related outcomes, research suggests left-handed people are also prone to being affected differently than right-handers as it relates to alcohol, money and sleep, among other areas. Scientists suggest lefties:
• Drink alcohol more often — Earlier studies suggesting left-handed people were more prone to alcoholism than their right-handed peers have not stood the test of time.
“There is no evidence that handedness predicts risky drinking,” study lead Kevin Denny, associate professor of economics at University College Dublin in Ireland, told the British Psychological Society.
“Hence, the results do not support the idea that excess drinking may be a consequence either of atypical lateralization of the brain or due to the social stresses that arise from left-handers being a minority group.”19
That said, research highlighted in the British Journal of Health Psychology20 in 2011 involving 27,428 adults age 50 and older from 12 European countries indicated left-handers do, on average, drink more often than right-handers.
• Earn less money — A 2014 study, featured in the Journal of Economic Perspectives,21 suggests the salaries of left-handers were as much as 10 to 12 percent lower than their right-handed colleagues.
Study author and economist Joshua Goodman, Ph.D., associate professor of public policy at Harvard, noted the median income for left-handers in the U.S. was $1,300 a year less than the wages paid to right-handers.
Goodman stated: “A large fraction of this gap can be explained by observed differences in cognitive skills and emotional or behavioral problems. Lefties work in more manually intensive occupations than do righties, further suggesting their primary labor market disadvantage is cognitive rather than physical.”22
• Experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — According to psychologists who showed volunteers an eight-minute clip from an intensely frightening movie, left-handed people were more likely than right-handers to exhibit fear.23
Their fear was notable in the sense they gave researchers more fragmented accounts of what they’d seen, an effect associated with PTSD.
Lead researcher Carolyn Choudhary, a lecturer in the psychology and sociology division at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, presented the team’s findings at the British Psychology Society’s annual conference in 2011. She told The Telegraph:24
“The prevalence of [PTSD] is almost double in left-handers compared to right-handers. We used a portion of film from ‘Silence of the Lambs’ that we know elicits fear, so we could check the recalled account against the film.
People who were left-handed showed significantly more fragmentation in their memories and more repetition [than right-handers]. It appears these are tied to the way the brain makes memories during fearful experiences.”
• Sleep restlessly — Based on research involving 100 patients affected by periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) — a repetitive cramping or jerking of your legs during sleep — the American College of Chest Physicians suggests left-handers are at greater risk than righties of developing the disorder.25
When the research was presented at their annual conference in 2011, the group noted 94 percent of left-handed patients had PLMD as compared to just 69 percent of right-handers — irrespective of variables such as age, race and sex.
Their findings indicate “left-handed people have significantly higher chances of having bilateral limb movements, indicating the potential for PLMD.”26
• Struggle in school — A 2009 Australian study published in the journal Demography,27 drawing on data collected from parents and teachers regarding 4,942 children ages 4 and 5 years old, suggests left-handed children perform less well academically than their right-handed peers.
The researchers noted the perceived “cognitive disadvantage” facing left-handers was not a result of demographics, socioeconomic status or behavior. About the study, they commented:28
“A broad range of skills were assessed, including vocabulary, reading, writing, copying, social development and gross and fine motor skills. Left- and mixed-handed children performed worse than right-handed children on nearly all of these measures.
Conversely, two measures showed no effect of hand preference: the PPVT [Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test] and expressive language skills. Both measures reflect a child’s vocabulary and ability to express ideas and do not require a written response.
Thus, it would appear that, despite being disadvantaged in most areas of cognitive achievement, left- and mixed-handers have the same ability for verbal expression as right-handers.”
It’s Not All Bad Being Left-Handed
In the event you’ve found this article to be somewhat depressing when it comes to the realities faced by left-handers, below are a few positives associated with being in the minority when it comes to being a lefty. Lefties are said to:29
• Be better at processing information at a fast rate — Research from Australia National University30 involving 100 people performing computer-based tasks showed left-handed people outperformed right-handers in processing large amounts of information at a fast rate.
Left-handers tend to use both sides of the brain more easily and therefore may perform better than right-handers at fast or complex tasks.
• Engage in right-brain activities more readily — Research published in the Journal of Mental and Nervous Disease asserts musicians, painters and writers are significantly more likely to be left-handed.31
The study authors said, “Creative people have been found to … be more likely to report an excess of nonright-handedness compared with controls … more widespread left hand use [was] reported by artists involved in the creative activities traditionally associated with the right [brain] hemisphere.” 32 Two areas mentioned were music and painting.
• More easily become ambidextrous — Given the reality most products and surroundings are geared to right-handed people, lefties are naturally challenged at a young age to use both hands, especially when it comes to putting on certain clothing with buttons and zippers, using notebooks, typing on keyboards and manipulating scissors.
• Stand out in a crowd — Given the tendency for their left-handedness to be easily noticeable, especially when eating, lefties often stand out in social situations. Because it’s common to exchange a handshake upon meeting someone for the first time, left-handedness can become a conversation starter.
Some Famous Lefties
Before ending, I can’t leave without mentioning that history is full of famous lefties whose names you will recognize right away, including eight U.S. presidents and many entertainers and entrepreneurs. Just a few of those famous lefties on a long list compiled by Time magazine include Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Babe Ruth, Albert Einstein, Jimi Hendrix and Henry Ford.33
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The average new vehicle loan hit a record of $31,455 earlier this year and it appears that rising prices may have pushed a number of Americans to hold on their vehicles for a longer period of time.
Citing data from the Department of Transportation, the Energy Information Administration notes the average “in-use” vehicle age in the United States has climbed from 9.3 years in 2009 to 10.5 years in 2017.
The increases were across the board and there was a significant jump in the average age of pickups. While owners used to hold onto their trucks for 11.2 years in 2009, that number jumped to 13.6 years in 2017. The average age of SUVs climbed by 1.4 years, while van owners held onto their people haulers an additional 1.1 years.
While climbing prices likely played a role, the age increases occurred across all income levels. Unsurprisingly, people making less than $25,000 (£19,443 / €21,505) a year hold onto their vehicles the longest and, in 2017, this group had vehicles that were an average of 13 years old. The average age of vehicles declines as income levels increase and people making $100,000 (£77,787 / €86,038) or more hold onto their vehicles for approximately 8.9 years.
The Energy Information Administration says the data suggests that many consumers have delayed purchasing a new vehicle or have purchased a used vehicle instead. Regardless of which scenario has occurred, the increasing age of America’s vehicle fleet has resulted in consumers spending more money on vehicle repairs and maintenance.
The report also notes the slowing vehicle turnover rate has a number of different implications. Besides the obvious potential for lower new car sales, the report notes that many consumers are driving older vehicles which are less fuel efficient than new models.
H/T to Wolf Street
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BENGALURU: Google gathers more personal information from users on its Android platform than consumers know, a study by Vanderbilt University says.The study by Prof Douglas Schimdt of Vanderbit University released earlier this month points that Google collects more data of a user on an Android device as against an iPhone device. Google also has capability to identify a user based on activities on the device, even if the person accesses internet on the chrome browser in an incognito mode.“Google counts a large percentage of the world’s population as its direct customers, with multiple products leading their markets globally and many surpassing 1 billion monthly active users. These products are able to collect user data through a variety of techniques that may not be easily graspable by a general user,” Schimdt wrote in the report published on August 15.A major part of Google’s data collection occurs while a user is not directly engaged with any of its products, it said. Google is the world’s largest internet firm with over 2 billion users globally accessing its products such as search, Android phone and applications such as Gmail, You-Tube, Photos, Keep and calendar. In the US, Android OS, owned by Google had 53% market share as on January. In India, Google is the dominant platform with nine out of 10 smartphones using Android-based phones. It has also built India-specific applications that has massive user adoption in the country.The study said that both Android and Chrome send data to Google even in the absence of any user interaction. “Our experiments show that a dormant, stationary Android phone (with Chrome active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24 hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35% of all the data samples sent to Google,” it said.In contrast, “a similar experiment showed that on an iOS Apple device with Safari (where neither Android nor Chrome were used), Google could not collect any appreciable data (location or otherwise) in the absence of a user interaction with the device.”It also claimed that Google could de-anonymize data that could help in targeting individuals. Google in a statement dismissed the study as misleading and blamed the author as a witness in an ongoing litigation with Oracle. “This report is commissioned by a professional DC lobbyist group, and written by a witness for Oracle in their ongoing copyright litigation with Google,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “So, it’s no surprise that it contains wildly misleading information.”
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We take our manscaping seriously. We spend tireless effort into refining the art and making cutting-edge tools to get the job done. We invest heavily in engineering and research, and we do all of it to provide you with the best and latest in all things related to manscaping. But, as the old saying goes, all of this work without a little play might be bad for us. Today, we’re going to relax a bit and spend some time on some of our favorite tidbits of manscaping humor.
Enjoy a Laugh
We’ve scoured the globe to find you the best jokes on the planet. Ok, that’s an exaggeration. Really, these are just a few of our favorite jokes around the Manscaped offices. We hope that you get a good laugh out of them too. But, before we get started, we have to include the disclaimer. These jokes are not all safe for work. Also, telling them at your offices might get you slapped with harassment charges. Your workplace isn’t as cool as ours. Anyways, here they are seven manscaping jokes that will make you laugh. And if they don’t, you may want to check if you have a pulse. Enjoy!
I’m not saying you need a pube trimmer, but when you get an erection it looks like Pinocchio joined the Taliban.
What did Cinderella do when she got to the ball? She gagged.
Bill went to see his doctor and nervously asked if he had ever laughed at a patient.
The doctor reassured him, “In over 20 years I haven’t laughed at a single patient because I always remain thoroughly professional.”
With that Bill dropped his trousers revealing the tiniest penis the doctor had ever seen. It wasn’t any bigger than a AAA battery.
The doctor just couldn’t help himself and burst into uncontrollable laughter before composing himself and saying, “I’m sorry I really am, I don’t know what came over me. I promise it won’t happen again. Now what seems to be the problem?”
Bill said, “It’s swollen.”
Several years ago, Great Britain funded a study to determine why the head on a man’s penis is larger than the shaft.
The study took two years and cost over $1.2 million. The study concluded that the reason the head of a man’s penis is larger than the shaft was to provide the man with more pleasure during sex.
After the results were published, France decided to conduct their own study on the same subject. They were convinced that the results of the British study was incorrect. After three years of research at a cost of in excess of $2 million, the French researchers concluded that the head of a man’s penis is larger than the shaft to provide the woman with more pleasure during sex.
When the results of the French study were released, Canada decided to conduct their own study. The Canucks didn’t really trust British or French studies. So, after nearly three weeks of intensive research and a cost of right around $75.00, the Canadian study was complete.
They concluded that the reason the head on a man’s penis is larger than the shaft is to prevent your hand from flying off and hitting you in the forehead.
Let’s take a break from ROTFL and watch a video, shall we?
A dick has a sad life.
His hair’s a mess, his family is nuts, his neighbor’s an asshole, his best friend’s a pussy, and his owner beats him.
What’s long and hard and full of semen?
A cowboy walks into a bar and takes a seat next to a very attractive woman.
He gives her a quick glance then casually looks at his watch for a moment.
The woman notices this and asks, “Is your date running late?”
“No”, he replies, “I just got this state-of the-art watch, and I was just testing it..”
The intrigued woman says, “A state-of-the-art watch? What’s so special about it?”
The cowboy explains, “It uses alpha waves to talk to me telepathically.”
The lady says, “What’s it telling you now?”
Well, it says you’re not wearing any panties.”
The woman giggles and replies “Well it must be broken because I am wearing panties!”
The cowboy smiles, taps his watch and says, “Damn thing’s an hour fast.”
Here’s a bonus joke in addition to the seven manscaping jokes that will make you laugh, just to help you get through a long day:
A young man was showing off his new sports car to his girlfriend.
She was thrilled at the speed.
“If I do 200mph, will you take off your clothes?” he asked.
“Yes!” said his adventurous girlfriend.
And as he gets up to 200, she peeled off all her clothes.
Unable to keep his eyes on the road, the car skidded onto some gravel and flipped over.
The naked girl was thrown clear, but he was jammed beneath the steering wheel.
“Go and get help!” he cried.
“But I can’t. I’m naked and my clothes are gone!”
“Take my shoe”, he said, “and cover yourself.”
Holding the shoe over her pubes, the girl ran down the road and found a service station.
Still holding the shoe between her legs, she pleaded to the service station proprietor, “Please help me! My boyfriend’s stuck!”
The proprietor looked at the shoe and said, “There’s nothing I can do…he’s in too far.”
Ok. Back to Work
We don’t want manscaping to feel like more work than it should, but it needs to be done. With that in mind, we’ll theme the following tips on some of the jokes you just read. Hopefully it helps. If nothing else, it should give you a few cute ways to remember some of the more important aspects of healthy manscaping.
Trimming Pinocchio’s Beard
This concept is actually at the heart of most of our manscaping tips. For all of the laughs we can have, a Pinocchio beard is exactly what we’re trying to avoid when we utilize our Lawn Mowers. Even if you just go over your groin area with the longest trimmer setting, it’ll make sure you’re never mistaken for the Taliban below the belt. Instead, you’ll cultivate an inviting aesthetic that might lead to more action than you expect.
Working the Balls
Speaking of more action, if you want your princess to go deep, you have to provide incentive. Think of it this way. Any woman willing to deep throat you probably doesn’t want your curlies poking her in the eye. The gentlemanly thing to do is to shave your balls. That’s at the heart and soul of why we invented the Plow in the first place. We’re gentlemen. We want our partners to enjoy oral as much as we do. Ok. Maybe that’s a stretch. But, we can at least minimize their discomfort when they’re doing something so wonderful for us.
We’re sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this: trimming the pubes makes your junk look bigger. If you want to avoid anyone giggling at your less-than-impressive size, this is your first step to take. You’ll notice yourself the first time you shower after a good manscaping session. And, while you’re in the shower, you can take the time to apply a little Crop Cleanser. Actually, you can be liberal with the stuff. It’s an all-in-one formula, so it will wash your hair even while it restores the agitated skin you just trimmed and shaved.
A Happier Dick
That one might have been our favorite. Dicks often do have sad lives, but we’re determined to change that. Our best weapon in that battle is Crop Preserver. On the surface, it’s ball deodorant that will keep you smelling great without burning your manly bits. Under the surface, it’s a carefully crafted piece of technology that is designed to improve your groin health and make your dick happier. Perhaps the best way it does this is by reducing friction that leads to chafing and other problems downstairs.
The Best Pickup Line
We included the cowboy joke because we have an appreciation for creative pick up lines. They can be fun. When you’re actually chasing some tail, a pick up line is the least of the resources available to you. The greatest among them is Crop Reviver. While the toner was created to help your skin recover from a shave, it can do a lot more. The spritz is friendly to use and can give you a quick refresh at any point in the day. So, if you suddenly find yourself in a chance to make a move but don’t have time for more, Crop Reviver has your back.
And that, gentlemen, concludes our efforts. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the joke-themed manscaping talk. If you want something a little more serious, there’s plenty available at Manscaped.com. We’ve put together an impressive display of manscaping knowledge, tools and resources. Utilize it to your heart’s content. If, instead, you need some more NSFW humor, try this on for size.
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