Leder Mart, A Cat called Freya
"I am from Bavaria, Germany and I have worn Dirndl every day since I was a little girl. I have just married an Afganai man and we live in Bavaria. I really want to buy him lederhosen. Can we be practicing muslims while we are wearing dirndl and lederhosen?"
— Yahoo! Answers
“As I studied the brain, I found that the right arrangement of neural circuitry and chemistry could generate astonishingly creative and holy persons on the one hand, or profoundly delusional, even violent, fanatics on the other. To intensify the ‘god effect’ in people already attracted to religious ideas, my studies revealed, all we had to do was boost the activity of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, crucial for balanced emotion and thought, on the right side of the brain.”
— Patrick McNamara, aeon
“Recent behavioral addiction research suggests that the loss of libido and performance occur because heavy users are numbing their brain's normal response to pleasure.
Years of overriding the natural limits of libido with intense stimulation [masterbation/porn] desensitize the user's response to a neurochemical called dopamine.
Dopamine is behind motivation, 'wanting' and all addictions.
It drives the search for rewards. You get little spurts of it every time you bump into anything potentially rewarding, novel, surprising, or even anxiety-producing. Animal models have established that both sexual desire and erections arise from dopamine signals.
Normally, dopamine-producing nerve cells in the reward circuitry activate the sexual (libido) centers of the hypothalamus, which in turn activate the erection centers in the spinal cord, which send nerve impulses to the genitalia.
A steady stream of nerve impulses, which release nitric oxide into the penis and its blood vessels, maintain an erection.
Nitric oxide in turn stimulates the blood vessel dilator cGMP, the on/off switch for blood engorgement of the penis and erection.”
— Ange Fonce, Intimate Communion Magazine
“The production of nitric oxide is elevated in populations living at high altitudes, which helps these people avoid hypoxia by aiding in pulmonary vasculature vasodilation. Effects include vasodilatation, neurotransmission (see gasotransmitters), modulation of the hair cycle, production of reactive nitrogen intermediates and penile erections (through its ability to vasodilate).
Nitroglycerin and amyl nitrite serve as vasodilators because they are converted to nitric oxide in the body. The vasodilating antihypertensive drug minoxidil contains an NO moiety and may act as an NO agonist. Likewise, Sildenafil citrate, popularly known by the trade name Viagra, stimulates erections primarily by enhancing signaling through the nitric oxide pathway in the penis.”
And now — back to lederhosen…
“Recent research shows that looking at live webcam feeds of cute animals affects the brain’s pleasure centers by releasing dopamine. So that’s why people (me included) can spend inordinate amounts of time looking at videos of cats, puppies, gibbons, etc., on Youtube. It’s like a drug.”
— Graham Land, Greenfudge
“Cat appears on traditional Christmas menus in some areas of Switzerland.
It is often cooked for the festive season in a similar way to rabbit — with white wine and garlic.
"We especially see it in the regions of Lucerne, Appenzell, Jura and in the canton of Bern," said Tomek.
Dog meat goes mostly into making sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism.
According to the Food Safety and Veterinary Office, you are not allowed to sell dog or cat meat but it is legal for people to eat their own animals.”