Film News: They Made Another ‘Night At The Museum’ Movie?

Combined, the first two “Night at the Museum” movies earned just under $990 million in global grosses. With that in mind, here’s the trailer for part three: “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Ben Stiller returns to lead the fantasy adventure, with Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais and Rebel Wilson along for the ride as co-stars. Wilson and Coogan get peed on by a monkey at one point. Directed by Shawn Levy, this is expected to be the franchise’s final installment. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is out on Dec. 19.

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4 Places You shouldn’t Touch During Sex

Great sex is all about spontaneity and exploration—assuming, of course, you have her consent—but there are a few parts of her body you shouldn’t touch willy-nilly. Here are four such spots you’re better off avoiding. 

1. Her Vervix.

If you reach her cervix during sex, recognize that something is wrong. Remember, this is the narrow canal that connects the vagina to the uterus—where babies grow. That isn’t a place you want to go, so don’t knock on the door. For starters, it’s painful for her to have something rammed against her cervix, and it could be a sign that you need to shift for a position with shallower penetration. But it could also mean that she isn’t warmed up enough. Her uterus will actually “lift” upwards when she’s sexually aroused, making her vaginal cavity a few inches deeper than when she isn’t turned on. So don’t skimp on foreplay, and don’t service her cervix.

2. The Head of her Clitoris.

This might seem counterintuitive, but the clitoris—which is full of super sensitive nerve endings—can sometimes feel too intense when it’s stimulated directly. Touching the clitoris head-on, especially if she’s really aroused, can feel too severe. Think about that feeling when you gulp an ice-cold beverage and your teeth start to tingle—it’s just not pleasant. Instead, try going for the shaft of her clitoris or rubbing circles around it, which will engage the nerve endings without overstimulating her. We won’t tell you to never touch her there, but it’s worth checking in with your partner to see if she has a sensitive C-spot.

3. Her Feet.

Especially if she’s sporting socks. A study from Johns Hopkins University showed that wearing socks in the sack can increase orgasm potential, for both men and women. One potential reason: In order to orgasm, women need to be totally relaxed and anxiety-free, and cold feet can interfere with their ability to really get into sex. Though we usually recommend knocking her socks off, leave them on this time. 

4. Her Anus.

Unless you’re all lubed-up, that is. Anal play can take plenty of warming up, but even when she’s totally aroused and ready to get it on, nothing should go in there without a generous helping of lubricant. The anal opening is small enough that even a finger can feel uncomfortable. While you’ve got the KY bottle handy, you should probably go ahead and use it for all other acts. A study from the Journal
of Sexual Medicine found that women rate their sexual satisfaction much higher when lube is involved.

Some people may have a different opinion about these, but you, what
do you think?

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Kanye West Tops GQ’s 21 Best Albums of the 21st Century list

According to GQ, Kanye West’s 2010 album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is the best album of the 21st century.

“It could’ve been any one of the seven albums West released this century, as fascinating a catalog of celebrity, triumph, love, loss, terrible puns, pretty decent puns, that was ever fucking put together by a single artist,” GQ says. “MBDTF was just the record where he talked about all those things at once—a portrait of a man seizing the spotlight, drowning in it, and then somehow finding a way to turn that harrowing experience into art.
Anybody who wants to be famous or make music for a living—or do both at the same time—should be forced to listen to MBDTF first. The rest of us are free to enjoy it for the bloody, hard-won, titanic achievement that it is.”

While reviewing the album back in 2010, former Editor-in-chief of HipHopDX, Jack Paine, wrote, “Kanye West’s bravado has inspired cartoons, it’s made award show producers sleepless, and it’s caught the attention of both Presidents Bush and Obama. “But within that bravado is a bravery that allows Hip Hop artists to step outside of their carefully-guarded boxes. From nine-minute douchebag manifestos, to enlisting an A-list Grammy ensemble to piece-mealing his album out to the masses every Friday, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy defies logic and it ignores convention.

Whether it’s acknowledging his mistakes, measuring his might, or fantasizing of wifing Kristina Rose, Kanye West finds a way to relate to all. He’s not forcing his hand, just reminding us that the biggest star we appointed in the last five years can still recognize our own fantasies, insecurities and desire for colorful music from his spaceship.”

OutKast has the third best album on the GQ list, following Is This It by The Strokes at no. 2 with 2000′s Stankonia. 

Daft punk’s Discovery, which was released in 2001, and LCD Sound system’s Sound Of Silver, which was released in 2007 also made the top 5. Surprisingly, Jay Z’s The Blueprint was ranked lower at no. 12 and Beyonce’s 2013 album ‘Beyonce’ was at no. 18.

I highly disagree with GQ’s list because I think they left out some of the even greater albums that have been released since 2000, I mean, Eminem is not even on the list, makes the list void, in my opinion.

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There may be an ‘Ebola’ Cure Hope

The extract can be eaten or rubbed into the skin

The extract can be eaten or rubbed into the skin

A plant has been found to halt the deadly Ebola virus in its tracks in laboratory tests, scientists have said.

They used a compound from Garcinia kola, a plant commonly eaten in West Africa. Compounds from the plant have also proved effective against some strains of flu.

If the anti-Ebola compound proves successful in animal and human trials, it will be the first medicine to successfully treat the virus that causes Ebola haemorrhagic fever – an often-fatal condition.

The discovery was announced at the 16th International Botanical Congress in St Louis in the US.

Four deaths per five cases

The Ebola virus was first documented in 1976 after an outbreak in Zaire – now the Democratic Republic of the Congo – where 88% of the 318 human cases died.

More recently, a 1995 outbreak in the same country had a death rate of 81% of the 315 infected.

There are four types of the virus – Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan and Ebola-Ivory Coast all affect humans, while Ebola-Reston has so far only affected monkeys and chimpanzees.

However, doctors have been unable to stop the virus once infection has taken hold – hence the disease has gained a terrifying reputation.

Traditional origins

Dr Maurice Iwu, who set up and heads the Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme, led the research.

It started 10 years ago when researchers were led to the plant by traditional native healers who have used the plant for the treatment of infectious diseases for centuries.

“This is a very exciting discovery,” said Dr Iwu, who himself comes originally from a family of traditional healers.

“The same forest that yields the dreaded Ebola virus could be a source of the cure.”

Fighting chance

The virus multiplies rapidly in the human body and quickly overwhelms it, and in advanced cases the patient develops high fever and severe bleeding.

The Garcinia kola compound has been shown to halt multiplication of the virus in the laboratory. If repeated in humans, this would give the body a chance to fight off the virus.

The active compound is what is known as a dimeric flavonoid, which is two flavonoid molecules fused together.

Flavonoids are non-toxic and can be found in orange and lemon rinds as well as the colourings of other plants.

Drug hopes

The tests are in the early stages still, but the researchers hope that if they continue to prove successful the compound the US Food and Drug Administration will put it on a fast track – making a drug available to humans within a matter of years.

“The discovery of these important properties in a simple compound – flavonoids – was very surprising,” said Dr Iwu.

“The structure of this compound lends itself to modification, so it provides a template for future work.

“Even if this particular drug does not succeed through the whole drug approval process, we can use it to construct a new drug for this deadly disease.”

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Women are getting smarter faster than men, study says

When it comes to smarts, women are catching up to men in some areas and outpacing them in others, new research has found.

In particular, women, on average, are better than men at so-called episodic memory, which involves recalling and describing experiences and facts, while men’s edge over women in numerical abilities has narrowed somewhat. The findings were drawn from a large study of older people from 13 different European countries.

Overall, humans have gotten smarter through time. That cognitive leap is thanks largely to better health, education and living conditions, the new study finds.

“When living conditions increase over time, so do cognitive abilities both for men and women, and that has been shown previously,” said study co-author Agneta Herlitz, a psychologist at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. “But we show that women’s cognitive abilities increase more than men’s.”

Culture or nature?

Long before Teen Talk Barbie said the words “math is hard,” people have debated whether average gender differences in cognition are innate, the product of a sexist society or a little of both. [Busted! 6 Gender Myths in the Bedroom and Beyond]

Studies have consistently shown differences between the average cognitive abilities of men and women. Dozens of studies have found men are, on average, better able to rotate objects in their minds, whereas women do better on tasks associated with episodic memory, meaning they can better recall lists of words or objects.

And a 2013 study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that men’s and women’s brains tend to be wired very differently. An average woman’s brain, that study revealed, has more connections between hemispheres, while a man’s noggin has more connections within hemispheres. The study researchers speculated that this may make the male brain better at motor skills and the female brain better at combining analytical and intuitive thinking.

But culture clearly plays a big role in creating differences in cognition. Women have historically had fewer educational opportunities. And even when education levels are equal, women may face negative stereotypes. For instance, teachers tend to underrate women’s math abilities, even when they perform such skills just as well as men, according to a 2012 study published in the journal Gender & Society. And in more-egalitarian societies, there’s a smaller gap in mathematical abilities.

Small differences

The researchers looked at data from 2006 to 2007 in the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe, which included 31,000 men and women who were born between 1923 and 1957 in 13 different European countries. The researchers compared older and younger groups to show how cognition has changed over time.

As part of the study, researchers tested the older adults’ episodic memory by asking them to memorize and recall a list of 10 words. The participants also had to name as many different animals as they could in a minute, a task that tests an ability known as category fluency. Finally, the survey tested numeracy, or number sense, with word problems such as: A secondhand car dealer is selling a car for $6,000. This is two-thirds of what it costs new. How much did it cost new? (The answer is $9,000.) [Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory]

Across all the cultures, younger people performed better than older participants. People from the northern countries also did better on average than those in Southern and Central Europe, the researchers wrote in the paper, which was published today (July 28) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Women in Northern Europe outperformed men in their recall ability, whereas in Central and Southern Europe, only women from the younger cohorts showed this advantage.

Men outperformed women in the math questions in all regions, though the margin narrowed over time. The math gap between the sexes was much greater for people in Central and Southern Europe. Men and women performed equally well at category fluency in Northern Europe, and women caught up with men for later cohorts in Central Europe.

Though everyone saw improvements over time, the women did so more dramatically. The gains in smarts coincided with better living conditions, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), fertility rate, health indicators such as mortality rate, and educational opportunities, the researchers found.

Differences not eliminated

Because women’s better performance coincided with higher levels of societal development across different regions and cohorts, the results suggest that improved living conditions have benefited women more than men. But the scientists aren’t sure whether that trend will continue into the future, as women simply may be “catching up” after starting from further behind, Herlitz said.

There may be sex-specific differences in cognitive improvements with better living conditions, said David Geary, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Missouri, who was not involved in the study. However, “I don’t believe, as they argue, that girls and women will improve more than boys and men across the board. But they will gain more in some domains, including episodic memory, whereas boys and men will gain more in others,” Geary told Live Science in an email.

Some small cognitive differences between the sexes will likely persist in the future, but for the most part, men and women’s cognitive abilities overlap, said Diane Halpern, the dean of the College of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California, and the author of “Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities” (Taylor and Francis, 2000).

The cause for the differences can’t be pinpointed to either hard-wired biological differences or cultural factors, Halpern, who was not involved in the study, told Live Science.

“It’s not nature or nurture. It’s not evolution or culture. It’s really some interaction of all those variables,” Halpern said.

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6 Signs You’re A Truly Genuine Person

We can all agree that being fake is a negative thing — no one wants to feel like they’re being played by someone who is just acting, nor does anyone want to be known as someone who doesn’t live true to themselves. But what makes a person truly genuine?

Millennials in particular, who have matured in the age of social media, struggle to both pin down this personality trait and determine whether or not they possess it. They spend significant amounts of time curating the most share-worthy photos on Instagram, creating a summarized snapshot of their lives on Facebook, and posting descriptions of themselves on online dating websites. And as “real” as those shared moments may be, there is a selectivity involved in designing one’s ideal self, rather than exposing all there is to bare.

In 2002, authenticity research pioneers Michael Kernis and Brian Goldman began studying the individual differences of sincere personalities, and defined authenticity as “the unimpeded operation of one’s true or core self in daily enterprise.” In order to assess whether a person is guided by his or her genuine sense of self, one must look past the profiles created and into the collection of thoughts, interactions and behaviors that fill each day. And while science has yet to map a single path to sincerity, there are some shared traits among people who are genuine and authentic.

Here are six signs you live life according to your true self.

1. You have high self-esteem.

Genuine people, by definition, have a good sense of self-esteem, says clinical psychologist Guy Winch, Ph.D., a HuffPost blogger and author of Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts.

“Really, with self-esteem, it’s the ‘Goldilocks’ range: Too much is not good because that’s the narcissism range, that’s the arrogant, prideful range,” Winch tells The Huffington Post. “Too little is not good; you want something solid in the middle. So genuine people are those who have solid self-esteem — it’s solid, it’s consistent, it’s not brittle. And people who have solid self-esteem are much less defensive about things usually. They can feel authentic, they can be authentic, because they’re far less worried about the implications of exposing who they are, because they feel OK about who they are.”

Research backs this up: In a 2008 study published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, U.K.-based researchers explored the “authentic personality” and how other traits correlate with a person’s sense of living genuinely. They found that people who expressed a high sense of authenticity also maintained higher levels of self-esteem.

2. You embrace vulnerability.

The psychological idea and societal construct of inner strength vary dramatically. Many cultures place great importance on maintaining defensive walls that hide or minimize personal weaknesses and imperfections, as a means of protecting oneself from harmful or unpleasant experiences. Science, on the other hand, supports using flexible coping mechanisms to face moments of discomfort — opening oneself up to fears and failures in an attempt to learn and grow from them, rather than shut them out altogether. And it takes an authentic person with a solid foundation of self-esteem to be able to accomplish the latter.

“The stronger your self-esteem, the more able you are to admit that you’re failing, to receive criticism, to be able to receive negative feedback without it making you crumble,” Winch says about the importance of maintaining such flexibility. “You can actually take on criticism, negative feedback, something not great about you, something that you don’t love about yourself, and it doesn’t really devastate you. It’s something you can admit, you can hope to work on or just take in, but it doesn’t affect your whole way of thinking about yourself.”

3. You share your true thoughts, beliefs and opinions with the world.

Authentic people not only take the time to ponder their perspective on life and the experiences that led them there, but they easily share this “true self” with others around them. This outward expression is consistently characterized as an extroverted behavior in authenticity research. However, in a 2010 study published in the Journal of Personality, Wake Forest University psychologist William Fleeson established that both genuine introverts and extroverts alike feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, opinions and beliefs with the outside world.

“Authenticity is consistently associated with acting highly extraverted, even for those who characterize themselves as introverts,” said Fleeson in a statement. “Being flexible with who you are is okay. It is not denying or disrespecting who you are. People are often too rigid about how they are and stick with the comfortable and familiar. Adapting to a situation can make you more true to yourself in some circumstances.”

His research also revealed that being genuine consistently goes hand-in-hand with being emotionally stable and intellectual.

4. You openly give and receive compliments.

Gratitude clearly flows in two directions: sometimes you give, and sometimes you receive. When it comes to the latter, Winch explains in his book Emotional First Aid that people with low self-esteem can sometimes struggle with accepting compliments. That’s because they believe those compliments come attached to higher expectations from others, which results in feelings of stress. Those who are authentic and maintain a solid sense of self-esteem, on the other hand, don’t view compliments with strings attached.

“You have to be able to see a compliment as just a compliment, and it takes a certain level of authenticity to receive that,” Winch explains. “It’s about being able to take in and also give back in a way that’s unfiltered by all these kinds of other agendas.”

When it comes to expressing gratitude to others, genuine people follow a similar path of not overthinking it.

“You want to reinforce people,” he said. “It’s really merit-based. You’re doing it just because it’s merited, and that comes across when you do it in a pure way, when you’re simply delighted that somebody did well and you compliment them.”

5. You really listen — and prefer deep conversations.

Genuine people find it easier to let go of distractions and focus intently in a conversation simply because they are truly interested in what the other person has to say. They aren’t constantly checking their smartphone for text messages or letting their mind wander off to the day’s to-do list. Everything else falls by the wayside.

According to a 2013 study conducted by psychological scientist Erin Heerey at Bangor University in Wales, others can tell when you are being genuine. The observational study paired strangers getting to know one another and monitored their reactions to any smile that was exchanged — both genuine and polite. It found that the subjects responded much more quickly to genuine smiles than polite smiles, and viewed the genuine smiles a social reward to be valued.

“When we are authentic people and our self-esteem is strong, we are just much less burdened by agendas and baggage, and we can actually have a conversation that’s about the content of the conversation in a much purer way,” adds Winch. “When people are authentic, there’s a certain purity to their interactions and conversations, and the conversations tend to be more interesting in terms of the content. You can get further, you can explore more, and you can discover more because it’s a much richer conversation.”

6. You’re driven by an inner voice rather than your surroundings.

One of the key components of authenticity is simply (or not so simply) knowing who you are and being comfortable with yourself. It requires taking the time to develop informed ideas about the things you care about, and not blindly adopting them from others around you. It is with this foundation that you are able to live those values — stand behind them, represent them and feel strongly about them.

“When you have thought through what you think, what you feel, what’s important to you and why it’s important to you, that determines a certain sense of purpose and directive,” says Winch. “We all have these operational directives — we just don’t necessarily articulate them to ourselves. But if we look back on our behavior and examine what we do, why we do it , what we think, why we think it, we can figure out the principles that are driving us.”

People who have really looked within to understand why they think and act the way they do are clearer about the principles — and purposes — that drive their lives, Winch adds. “It makes them proactive rather than reactive.”

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Police arrest woman & her pastor for killing her children with ‘spiritual water’

A 25-year-old woman, Ese Oghenevwe and a pastor, Austin Eduviere have been arrested by the police in Delta, following the death of her two sons after consuming a liquid substance the priest gave to her.

According to a statement on Wednesday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, the police at Abraka received information that the woman had killed her two children, Prayer Clement (nine months) and Wisdom Clement (two years), by giving them a liquid substance to drink.

 “Based on the information, detectives arrested Oghenevwe. The suspect revealed that the liquid substance was given to her by Eduviere of Triumphant World International Church, Abraka, for healing purposes.

“She added that the Apostle claimed he had prayed over it,” the PPRO said.

Apostle Eduviere was said to have said that he was surprised that the substance, which he sells for N1,850 to members of the church and the public, could snuff life out of the children.

When asked what the liquid substance was meant for, Eduviere said it was an anointed mixture of water and salt which people buy from him for healing of different kind of ailments.

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