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16K Dried Seahorses Seized in Peru

Police seize cache destined for Asia

(Newser) - Some 16,000 dried seahorses have been seized in Lima, Peru. The endangered creatures were destined for Asian markets, where powdered seahorses are used in folk medicine in China, Japan, and elsewhere to treat various ailments and as an aphrodisiac. The illegal cache could have fetched up to $250,000,... More »

Bin Laden Had 'Herbal Viagra'

Might not have been his, but was in the compound

(Newser) - Somebody inside Osama bin Laden's compound was using a drug known as "herbal Viagra." “The caution is, we don’t know who used what,” a pharmacist tells MSNBC, but Avena syrup—which is marketed as a natural aphrodisiac—is on the list of medications pulled... More »

Best Aphrodisiac Foods

From the known (oysters) to the bizarre (banana bread), the sexiest foods

(Newser) - If you're looking for a Valentine's Day meal to put you and your lover in the mood, skip the chocolate—you'd need to eat 25 pounds to feel its euphoric effects. And despite the inclusion of popular aphrodisiacs like oysters on many V-Day menus, most meals are so heavy "... More »

Hamas: Israel Targets Gaza Youth With Aphrodisiac Gum

(Newser) - Hamas says Israel is corrupting Palestinian youth with aphrodisiac chewing gum. “We have discovered two types of stimulants that were introduced into the Gaza Strip from Israeli border crossings,” a spokesman tells AFP. “The first type is presented in the form of chewing gum and the second... More »

Berlin Wall Becomes Couture

Also, which bracelets are big this summer, and more

(Newser) - The Berlin Wall has long drawn artists, and now the murals they’ve left on its surviving stretch has inspired something else, the AP reports: fashion. Daniel Rodan designed pieces like a green mini dress featuring East Germany’s Erich Honecker kissing Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev for his collection Mauerkleider... More »

Migraines Can Kill Adulterers: Study

Italian researchers discover stress of extra-marital affairs can lead to fatal headaches

(Newser) - Deadly migraines can be caused by cheating on one’s spouse, the Telegraph reports. An Italian study found that the devastating headaches can turn fatal when coupled with an extra-marital affair. Migraines “can be exacerbated by a series of factors like aphrodisiac food, performance-enhancing drugs, physical strain and psychological... More »

Toad Venom Aphrodisiac Kills NYC Man

'There is no safe way to use' love drug that upsets heart rhythms

(Newser) - New York City officials warned people today to avoid a toad venom-based aphrodisiac that recently killed a man, the AP reports. The illegal love drug, often sold as Jamaican Stone or Chinese Rock, is harmful whether ingested or applied to the skin. "There is no definitely safe way to... More »

Top 10 Aphrodisiacs—for Real?

Respect works better than Spanish Fly and African tree bark, LiveScience reports

(Newser) - Most aphrodisiacs are pure bunk, but it's fun to read about tonics that have beguiled lovers for centuries—and look at a few that may actually work. LiveScience lists its top 10:
  1. Respect. Dr. Ruth talks about the feeling that sparks all meaningful relationships, and makes for good sex too.
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