Did you miss our awesome Irish event last Sunday at Rocky Sullivan's in Red Hook!? Check out our (not kid friendly, in case you were going to pass this along to your kids...) language cheat sheets (with phonetic spellings!) from VI(R)P Angela Bruen!
Join us! Tickets at www.rppresents.com!
Did you miss sex-ed teacher Leigh Clayton's sex trivia at our RP Presents!: Sex event at Solas on 2/27/18? Check out the whole thing here! Then share your knowledge, impress your friends!
1. Known as “French Pox” which bacterial STI has a tertiary phase that can cause brain damage if left untreated?
2. A spongy tissue that fills with blood during stimulation to produce an erection, what is the name of the smooth muscle that is responsible for the erection?
3. Believed to assist in the idea of communal paternity, humans are among of one of the only primates with this type of ovulation.
4. Testicles are to Ovaries as Fallopian Tubes are to _____ _______.
5. The average ejaculate is around ¾ of a teaspoon and contains about 70% fluid from the seminal vesicles. What percentage of this mixture are sperm cells?
2-5% or 40,000,000 cells!
6. Torn to pieces in the media for this policy, which college was the first to institute affirmative consent in 1990?
Antioch College created “affirmative consent”, which they were mocked relentlessly for in the media, especially by SNL.
7. Although it was not available to couples until 5 years after its FDA approval, birth control was officially approved for human use in what year?
8. PrEP and PEP are two new medications to slow the spread of HIV. What is the difference between PrEP and PEP?
PrEP is a daily pre-exposure medication, whereas PEP is Post Exposure and used in emergency situations.
9. Which of these were not used as birth control?
Pomegranates Queen Anne’s Lace Gourds
Gourds! Poth Pomegranates and Queen Anne’s Lace were used as birth control is the past. Queen Anne’s Lace is still used today!
10. How long can a sperm cell survive in the fallopian tubes?
Up to 5 days!
11. What are the extreme values (lowest and highest) of the Kinsey Scale?
The Kinsey Scale runs from 0 to 6, with 0 meaning a person is exclusively heterosexual and 6 meaning a person is exclusively homosexual.
12. Made to conduct heat better, what is a female condom made of?
Nitrile or Polyurethane! These are an excellent alternative for those with a latex allergy.
13. Without counting foreplay or start and stop methods, penetrative sex lasts, on average how many minutes?
5.4 minutes on average!
14. A “large” orgasm can last 10-15 contractions, whereas a small one is only 3-5. How many seconds apart are the contractions of a female orgasm?
.8 of a second per contraction.
15. Known as the cuddle chemical, what hormone is produced after sex?
Re-posted in honor of our 2/27/18 sex event - this little aphrodisiac snack.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 2016
Welcome to the official, inaugural post in our how-to series! When we started RP, this was part of our vision - quick, useful, entertaining how-tos to make sure that you're prepared for all situations. Be sure to send us feedback and let us know what you'd like to see us learn/share! **Photo credits to our dear friend David Trudo.
How to shuck an oyster.
Colby stared at me.
"...wait, they're ALIVE?" David (our photographer) asked.
Yeah. You want to eat your oysters alive - or at least cook them while they're alive. That's why you want the oysters (or mussels) with the closed shell. An open shell typically indicates that the oyster has ceased to oyst (not a word.)
Once you get your oysters (I get mine from a fish market on 5th Avenue in Park Slope,) here's how to open them:
Place your knife in the hinge (narrower) side of the oyster. Twist. If the oyster doesn't give, try it from the side of the hinge. Then try it from the other side. Then go along the middle of the hinge line again. Typically you'll find a way to get the knife securely in there. Once the knife is officially inside the oyster, twist. The top and bottom shells should start separating. Remove the top shell completely.
For sauces, check out one of these recipes. What they refer to as a "classic" sauce is typically referred to as a mignonette and you'll see it that way on menus.
I asked one of my favorite RP guests, Amanda Toomey, to create a short video for us in ASL so that we can communicate our love! Check it out here!
A real Renaissance Person knows how to select the proper holiday-themed snacks! Check out this taste test from my hilarious and beautiful friend Jayne so you can learn how to skip the duds!
What do Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sir Ian McKellen, and I have in common?
But I'm specifically talking about being able to legally bind your friends, family, and strangers together forever.
(No offense to my brother John, but I feel like my marriage might have worked out if The Rock had performed the ceremony. Imagine the romantic tone that would set.)
Here's a quick way to become a minister. In fact, it was so quick that I think I just accidentally got ordained a second time. Whoopsies.
1. Go to this website.
2. Click "Become a Minister."
3. Fill out the form.
4. Boom, nailed it.
Two little notes before you try to minister your little heart out:
- If you want any documentation, then you order it through their site and you'll have to pay. I personally order a "letter of good standing" every two years just in case - even though I've never had to use it.
- If you want to perform a wedding in NYC, you have to file with the city in person, show a print-out of your name in the directory, and pay $15. Apparently there was some controversy about recognizing the Universal Life Church as a true denomination, but that seems to be resolved. Details, rules, etc. can all be found here.
Did you love our weaving presentation from November 2017 with Craftjam!?
Are you a blanket-making machine now?
Do you know how to sew or quilt? (Skills we haven't learned at RP... yet!)
Check out Project Linus! I heard about it from friend (thanks Catoya!) who makes blankets for donation to kids who could use a little warmth and comfort (hospitals, shelters, etc.). Each month this organization donates around 350 homemade blankets!
I just wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to the "Lost and Found Pets in Brooklyn" Facebook page. On Tuesday night, I was walking my sweet poodles through Fort Greene Park when my partner said he thought he heard a skirmish between dogs. Minutes later, we heard someone calling for their lost greyhound. I grabbed his phone number, dropped my dogs off back home, and we hit the streets, asking people if they had seen Mocha.
From Fort Greene, we tracked her to Downtown Brooklyn. From Downtown Brooklyn, we tracked her into the beginning of Brooklyn Heights - and then the trail went cold. Up and down all of Cadman Plaza, nobody had seen a scared little greyhound running up through the mean streets of Brooklyn*.
Heartbroken, Mocha's human, Ian, went online and posted about losing his sweet girl... then soon realized that the post right below his was someone who had, coincidentally, just found a little greyhound by Jay Street! The next morning, Mocha was reunited with her family = the best possible ending to this story.
So if finding a lost dog in Brooklyn is a skill that you've been hoping to pick up - I'd follow their Facebook page and maybe you can reunite a little cutie with their loving humans.
*they're not mean, they're lovely.