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This, my friends (no hard feelings) is too big for you.

A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men.

The study found that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms.

It has led to a call for condoms of mixed sizes to be made more widely available in India.

The two-year study was carried out by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Over 1,200 volunteers from the length and breadth of the country had their penises measured precisely, down to the last millimetre.

The scientists even checked their sample was representative of India as a whole in terms of class, religion and urban and rural dwellers.

” It’s not size, it’s what you do with it that matters” – Sunil Mehra

The conclusion of all this scientific endeavour is that about 60% of Indian men have penises which are between three and five centimetres shorter than international standards used in condom manufacture.

Doctor Chander Puri, a specialist in reproductive health at the Indian Council of Medical Research, told the BBC there was an obvious need in India for custom-made condoms, as most of those currently on sale are too large.

The issue is serious because about one in every five times a condom is used in India it either falls off or tears, an extremely high failure rate.

And the country already has the highest number of HIV infections of any nation.

‘Not a problem’

Mr Puri said that since Indians would be embarrassed about going to a chemist to ask for smaller condoms there should be vending machines dispensing different sizes all around the country.

“Smaller condoms are on sale in India. But there is a lack of awareness that different sizes are available. There is anxiety talking about the issue. And normally one feels shy to go to a chemist’s shop and ask for a smaller size condom.”

But Indian men need not be concerned about measuring up internationally according to Sunil Mehra, the former editor of the Indian version of the men’s magazine Maxim.

“It’s not size, it’s what you do with it that matters,” he said.

“From our population, the evidence is Indians are doing pretty well.

“With apologies to the poet Alexander Pope, you could say, for inches and centimetres, let fools contend.”

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Dubai on Monday officially inaugurated the centerpiece of its decade-long construction boom, with the surprise revelation that the world-beating 168-story skyscraper — seen by some as a symbol of the city’s economic excess — was even bigger than previously thought.

In a glitzy firework-lit ceremony, the city-state’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum unveiled a plaque commemorating the event and also announced that the $1.5 billion structure has a new name: the Burj Khalifa.

Named after Khalifa Bin Zayed, the president of the United Arab Emirates — and ruler of Abu Dhabi, which recently bailed out debt-ridden Dubai to the tune of $10 billion — the tower was officially recorded as 828 meters tall, adding 10 meters on to previous height claims.

Six years in the making, and now 319 meters higher than previous skyscraping record-holder Taipei 101, Dubai’s newest edifice commands dizzying views of the ambitious building program that has transformed the emirate.

The structure’s architects, Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, have called the Burj Khalifa “a bold global icon that will serve as a model for future urban centers.”

Declaring that “tall buildings are back,” the company predicts that the groundbreaking techniques it used to push the Burj Khalifa to new heights should enable the construction of even taller towers in the future.

iReport: Share your photos of the world’s tallest buildings

“As with any project, SOM’s architects and engineers learned a great deal and are ready to apply this to the next world’s tallest building as it is certainly possible to go taller,” it said.

CNN – Despite such lofty claims, the Burj Khalifa — and other construction projects including the Palm Jumeirah and World archipelagos of man-made islands built for the super-rich — have cast a financial shadow over Dubai.

Last year the emirate shocked investors by asking for a freeze on payments owed on its $26 billion in debts.

The announcement by Dubai World — an umbrella group which includes the Burj Khalifa’s developers –delivered a cold dose of reality to speculators worldwide who believed the oil-rich region was impervious to the global financial crisis.

Facts and figures: Why Dubai is looking up

While predicted economic recovery are likely to help Dubai to shake off some of its debt woes, if not fully regain its boom-time ebullience, some say the city’s path of prestige over practicality will leave projects like the Burj Khalifa struggling to justify their place in the Gulf state’s skyline.

“Dubai doesn’t really need to have to build tall asides from prestige purposes,” Jim Krane, author of “City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism” told CNN in a recent interview.

“If you look at it, it’s a really bad idea. It uses as much electricity as an entire city. And every time the toilet is flushed they’ve got to pump water half a mile into the sky,” he said.

The telescopic shape also presents problems of a more practical nature Krane says.

“The upper 30 or 40 floors are so tiny that they’re useless, so they can’t use them for anything else apart from storage. They’ve built a small, not so useful storage warehouse half a mile in the sky,” he said.

Hollywood stunner Brittany Murphy, who found big screen success after her breakout role in “Clueless,” died Sunday after collapsing in the shower.

Los Angeles cops are investigating the 32-year-old’s sudden death, but a coroner official said it “appears to be natural.”

An autopsy is pending – over the objections of her British screenwriter husband, Simon Monjack, who told hospital staffers he didn’t want one, according to the gossip Web site TMZ.

The screen siren and singer was in full cardiac arrest and could not be revived after her beloved mother – who told paramedics the actress was diabetic – found her unconscious in the shower, TMZ reported.

Five paramedics who arrived after the 8 a.m. 911 call feverishly administered CPR as Monjack wandered around in his pajama bottoms, a witness told RadarOnline. Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The troubled starlet rose to fame in 1995 as the sidekick Tai in “Clueless,” who went from awkward wallflower to snotty hottie. She has appeared in more than 25 movies since then, including 1997’s “Bongwater,” “Girl, Interrupted” in 1998, “8 Mile” and “Sin City.”

Murphy, whose gravelly voice rocked the animated film “Happy Feet,” even broke into the dance club world with the hit single “Faster Kill Pussycat.”

Murphy lived in Edison, N.J., before moving to California when she was 13 and landing her first television role in “Blossom.”

She underwent a transformation from a too-pudgy-for-Hollywood brunette to a bone-thin blond – with cleavage ample enough to land her in Maxim’s 100 hottest women in 2006.

Speculation over her weight loss haunted her for years, and in 2005, she was dropped by her agent and publicist, fanning the gossip flames. At the time, she dismissed reports that her weight was connected to drug use or an eating disorder.

“I have never tried [cocaine] in my entire life. I’ve never even seen it,” she told Jane magazine. “I am also way too high-strung . . . Can you imagine? My God. I think my heart would explode.”

Friends openly worried that she’d become addicted to the prescription painkiller Vicodin after undergoing plastic surgery.

“Brittany has been living life on the edge,” one source told Britain’s Daily Mail.

She was set to play a small role in Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming film “The Expendables,” due out in August. But she had been mainly reduced to low-budget indie flicks, including “Across the Hall,” which opened two weeks ago in only two theaters.

Earlier this month, she abruptly left the Puerto Rico set of “The Caller” amid reports she’d been fired. Her publicist called it “creative differences.”

Sunday, Twitter was abuzz with tributes from stars, including an old squeeze, Ashton Kutcher, her co-star in 2003’s “Just Married.” “See you on the other side kid,” Kutcher tweeted.

Screenwriter and director Kevin Smith referred to her oft-quoted line in “Clueless”: “Sad to hear about Brittany Murphy. G’night, Ms. Murphy; hope you’re rollin’ with the homies someplace nice.”

The same company that brought the controversial Grand Theft Auto series is now bringing in a new video game that is supposed to be set in Dubai; the game however, will feature collateral damage and massive destruction being done to the high-tech infrastructure of Dubai.

The game by Rockstar Games is called : Spec Ops – The Line

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Burj Dubai in the Distance!

Dubai Marina - Jameel Building

“It takes place after an unimaginable natural disaster has struck the region,” says former GameSpot editor-in-chief and current video game producer Greg Kasavin, discussing 2K Games’ recently revealed shooter, Spec Ops: The Line. The unimaginable natural disaster he’s referring to is a catastrophic sandstorm and the region is the financially precarious Dubai. With the one-time booming city-state finding itself in something of a bust, following the global economic downturn, scenes of Dubai’s world-famous skyscrapers buried in sand surely struck a nerve.

“We will have to review the game first before issuing any decision on whether to ban it or allow it,” Mohammed al Mutawa, a video games censor at the United Arab Emirate’s National Media Council, told The National. Juma Obaid Alleem, the director of media content at the NMC, told the newspaper that ‘before a video game is released in the UAE, the NMC assesses whether it conforms with local laws and notifies authorities if it does not.’ From there, we see references to “international matter” and “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” and we figure it best to take the ‘wait and see’ approach Mr. al Mutawa referred to.

Do you think this game will be banned in the Middle East? or even just in Dubai?  Post your thoughts!

For the official trailer of the game, visit the following link:

Spec Ops: The Line Video Game, Spike VGA 09: Exclusive Debut Trailer HD | Game Trailers & Videos | GameTrailers.com.

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We’ve seen some expensive video games. We’ve seen some pricey video game consoles, too. But we’re pretty confident that this one beats them all.

It’s the Nintendo Wii Supreme. It took six months to make, and is built from over 5.5 pounds of 22-carat gold. Its front buttons are inlaid with 78 0.25-carat flawless, conflict-free diamonds, making almost 20 carats in total. It’s the work of Liverpool, England craftsman Stuart Hughes, and it costs — are you sitting down? — 299,995.00 pounds, or just about $484,000.

Hughes also sells a gold and diamond-studded iPhone for almost 2 million pounds ($3.2m), a carbon-fiber and diamond-studded Nokia phone for 30,000 pounds ($48,000) and a snakeskin and diamond Blackberry Bold for a mere 5,000 pounds ($8,000). He’s been the subject of write-ups in Vogue, Salon, and Business People magazines.

Buy the Wii Supreme, and you’ll be joining a highly exclusive club. Only three are being produced, and the only other person we know of with a gold Wii is (deep breath) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was given one earlier this year by game publisher Take Two.

So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the bling-obsessed gamer in your life, and you have half a million dollars to spend, and you don’t mind spending it on a $199 Wii, your search is over. Congratulations!

What I think is that as far as Nintendo is concerned, it was already made of gold. Now it’s worth its weight in gold too.

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When you watch this schmaltzy ad, you slowly come to the realization that the theme is, “If your epidermis isn’t white enough, the man of your dreams will never love you.”

Oh, we’re not reading too much into it–Pond’s White Beauty is an Indian line of skin whitener.

I'm sorry, you're just too brown.

Hey, is that my ex?

Is she still brown?

So, although the ex-boyfriend in the ad eye-fucks the living shit out of his lost love, he just can’t get over her icky brownness, even if she’s portrayed by former Miss World Priyanka Chopra.

Upon removing my sunglasses, I see that she is still too brown. Gross.

Over the ad’s next four installments (yes, it’s a five-part skin whitener epic) the girl wins her man back thanks to her brand new pallor. Well, that and his new girlfriend was a total bitch, but it’s mostly the melanin thing. We’d like to think the antagonist tries to win him back by whitening her skin even more, and the two women end up bleaching back and forth until they both look like yetis.

The ideal beauty.

Witchcraft!