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Updated on: 25 February,2024 05:35 AM IST  |  Italy
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62-year-old UK woman enjoys testing sex toys for a living

Toy story

Suzanne Noble

While some women see their libido flop when they hit their 60s, it’s the exact opposite for Suzanne Noble. At 62, she loves sex, orgasms every single day AND enjoys regular love making sessions with her toyboy partner.

The mum-of-two wakes up every morning primed and ready for a bit of action between the sheets. And if her partner isn’t with her, then she’ll reach for her trusty vibrator. Suzanne, who’s 62 and lives on her own in London, says: “I’m a morning person and what better way to start the day than with an orgasm. It sets me up to feel relaxed and happy for the rest of the day. And if for any reason I have to skip it, then I feel distracted, as if I have an itch that I can’t scratch! It’s a horrible feeling.” 

Suzanne, who has a sex positive TikTok channel with nearly 230k likes, believes it’s time to break down any lasting stigma against women masturbating and using sex toys and even tests and reviews them for various companies. She says, “I’ve used sex toys for years–my first ones about 30 years ago were very basic, noisy and buzzing with rattly batteries. The toys of today which are very sophisticated, largely quiet and even ones you can use with a long-distance partner controlling them with an app.”

Suzanne was first approached by a sex toy company about a year ago to test them. Since then, she’s shared her reviews via her podcast called Sex Advice for Seniors and on her TikTok account where she has over 56k followers. “At the moment, I’ve got 15 different toys that I use depending on my mood–I’ve had many more than that in my time, but I throw them away when I get a better one, otherwise my bedroom would be taken over by them.”

What’s up, croc?

Italian church has a taxidermized croc hanging from the ceiling 

If you travel to the small municipality of Curtatone, in Lombardia, Italy, you’ll find a church with a five-century-old crocodile hanging from the ceiling. How the croc wound up at the Santuario Della Beata Vergine Maria Delle Grazie is, and will probably remain a mystery, but its purpose had been linked to religious symbolism.

In ancient times, Christianity associated reptilian creatures like snakes, dragons, and crocodiles with evil, either as personifications of the devil or simply animals that lead humans to sin. So, having it chained high up in the vault of the church served both as a warning for churchgoers, but also as a symbol of victory of good over evil.

While it might look like a prop at first, this is a real embalmed Nile crocodile (Crocodilus niloticus) believed to be at least 500 years old, with the church itself dating back to the 13th century. Over the years, many legends surrounding the origin of the animal circulated around Lombardia, but the two most popular ones involve a local animal menagerie and two brave brothers who fought the animal.

Some believe that the crocodile was caught and killed after escaping a private exotic zoo on the estate of Francesco Gonzaga, while others claim that the animal one day attacked two brothers resting on the banks of the Mincio River. One of them asked for the help of the Holy Virgin, and, armed with a knife, attacked and killed the crocodile.

Makeup mania

A Mexican beauty salon has been getting a lot of attention on TikTok because of its promotional videos, many of which seem to show some “horrible” makeup examples. Ohio Esthetic’s most popular videos are the ones showcasing the salon’s most bizarre makeup. With names like “Makeup to Go Sign the Divorce” or “When You Thought You Would Be Single on Valentine’s Day,” these viral clips show young women completely transformed, but not in a good way.

Cabin fever

A Gen Zer moved back into her childhood cabin in Homer, Alaska, last year—even though it has no running water or automatic heat and temperatures have reached 24 degrees below Zero Fahrenheit. Karma Wilcox, 19, was born in California and raised in the breath-taking two-story cabin by her dad until age eight. She resumed living there in March 2023, as she was craving a sense of “freedom.” “The insulation is not the best. The logs are cut down and layered around the cabin with moss, with sticks nailed in between to keep some warmth in,” Wilcox said. “My main source of heating is firewood, which is on 24/7, and I go through about a box of logs a day.”

Miser or millionaire?

An 80-year-old German man, Heinz B, has been dubbed the world’s most frugal millionaire for living off food and stuff found in dumpsters. The octogenarian might not look like much, but he is worth several millions of dollars. He claims to have been frugal his whole life and is more than happy living on food found in dumpsters.

Pregnancy heist

An Italian woman stands accused of faking no less than 17 pregnancies—12 natural abortions and 5 false births—over the last 24 years, to receive 1,10,000 euros (Rs 9,8,80,511) in maternity benefits. 50-year-old Barbara Loele’s pregnancies have resulted in years of maternity leave and a small fortune in state-paid benefits. 

Smelly cure

A Spanish woman sparked controversy after claiming that dripping urine into her eyes cured her myopia and astigmatism. TikTok user and “assistant metaphysical counselor” Suama Fraile claims that urine is also much better at treating eye problems than the chemical-infused medicine prescribed by most doctors. The woman claims to have dripped urine into her eyes daily until it cured her.

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