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Yes, People Are Tanning Their Buttholes And Here’s Why That’s Not At All A Good Idea

People are tanning their buttholes to regulate hormones and sleep patterns, at least that’s what some practitioners say. The new trend is called “perineum sunning” where people lay down in the sun, lift their legs, spread them open, and let their genitals and anus sunbathe. The Avengers: Endgame actor Josh Brolin seemed to have some experience. He shared his story on Instagram claiming he sunburned his “pucker hole.” 

It appears that while the world has death spiraled into horrific levels of income inequality, the planet is heating up at alarming temperatures, and the president of the United States is being impeached for bribery — some people just have nothing better to do than tan their anuses. 

Josh Brolin burns his butthole in the sun. Then tells the whole world about it. 

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“Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did,” Brolin wrote on Instagram.

Perhaps the most alarming part is that Brolin is not telling his impressionable followers not to do perineum sunning, but rather to not do it as long as he did. Wow, thanks for the advice Mr. Brolin, but you did not in any way even indicate how long you did it for, so how is anyone supposed to know how long to do it for? The problem is all the more obscured by the fact that you’re still encouraging people to do it. 

“My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain. I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid sh– but f— you nonetheless. Seriously,” he wrote with the hashtag #blackholesun (I chuckled). 

One might ask Mr. Brolin, if his regular skin gets sunburned why would he think his “pucker hole” would be an exception? Secondly, how dare he condemn the person who thought of this “stupid sh–” and not the people dumb enough to try it. But actors aren’t historically known for being the brightest crayons in the box. 

No need for actors to worry their pretty little buttholes about things like sunscreen in the year 2019 where the sun is the literal thing that might kill all of humanity. Throw your anus in the air, wave ’em like you just don’t care. What’s the difference we’re all going to die anyway? Oh, is that not a song…

Influencers want you to heat up that perineum, baby!

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There is a viral video that contains nudity where the process of butthole tanning takes place. One of the men explains how it works. I would request some peer-reviewed research before listening to these influencers, but that’s just me, a person with neurons in their brain. 

“In a mere 30 seconds of sunlight on your butthole, you will receive more energy from this electric node than you would in an entire day being outside with your clothes on,” the man who goes by Ra of Earth says in the video. 

If I exposed my anus to the sun in this here New York City, there would be a warrant out for my arrest. I would love to see a person with melanin try this and then have to explain to law enforcement that Thanos told them to do it. 

Many of the influencers cite researching Taoism as the reason they’re all doing this. Sure, OK. 

“For the past few weeks I have included sunning my bum and yoni into my daily rising routine,” an influencer named Metaphysical Meagan wrote on Instagram

She said instead of drinking coffee she tans her genitals in the sun. I don’t think any of these people know how photosynthesis works. 

Obviously medical professionals think this is stupid as hell. 

“There is no evidence that sunbathing in this way has any effect on physical well-being,” Dr. Diana Gall of UK-based online doctor service Doctor 4 U told Insider. “Practicing mindfulness comes in many different and safer forms, and there are no extra benefits of doing this naked in the sun.” 

Getting vitamin D from the sun is great, your butthole isn’t more sun absorbent, though. Meditation is great, you don’t need to break public nudity laws in order to do so. In fact, this technique might actually be worse for you in the longterm. 

“A sustained period of doing so could lead to long term sun damage,” Chemist 4 U founder, Shamir Patel told Insider. “I would suggest that going on a long walk in the sun is much more beneficial, and if you’re in need of a boost, then taking a supplement is much more practical than perineum sunning.”

Please don’t do this. Thank you.

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Mexico’s Version Of Burning Man Became A COVID-19 Super-Spreader Event Thanks To U.S. Tourists

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Mexico’s Version Of Burning Man Became A COVID-19 Super-Spreader Event Thanks To U.S. Tourists

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Travelers from the U.S. seem to think that they’re exempt from following CDC guidelines once they’re outside of the country. Case in point: a recent arts and music festival that took place in Tulum – the hipster destination an hour south of Cancun.

Thousands of the U.S. tourists arrived to the small beach town to party at the Art With Me festival despite the fact we’re in the throes of the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes, it’s true that young people are less likely to become hospitalized or die from COVID-19 infection. However, each of us, regardless of age, have a personal responsibility to be considerate of our more vulnerable neighbors – not to mention the locals at the destinations we’re choosing to visit.

Mexico’s Art With Me festival has been deemed a super-spreader event putting at risk the health of locals.

Mexico’s annual Art With me festival – which supposedly combines wellness, cultural immersion, and electronic music – in Tulum is billed as Mexico’s Burning Man. It’s designed to “inspire and activate attendees,” and has now been deemed a super-spreader event after at least 17 attendees tested positive for COVID-19 in the weeks following the festival.

Art With Me took place from November 11-15 and now less than a month later, doctors in the U.S. are noting an uptick in cases related to the four-day festival.

“I would say that 60-70 percent of my positives in the last couple weeks in New York City have been a direct result of either people coming back from Art With Me or who have been directly exposed to someone who attended Art With Me,” said Eleonora Walczak, founder of the private COVID care and testing company Checkmate Health Strategies, in a statement to the Daily Beast. “And I test in Miami as well, and my testers there tell me that a lot of their positives are people coming back from Art With Me.”

Videos of mask-less partygoers started making their rounds on social media.

Although it seems like many attendees tried to conceal their visit to the festival, in the days following the event videos started popping up on social media.

In videos on Facebook and YouTube, hundreds of maskless attendees can be seen dancing and not observing social distancing guidelines. One video refers to the partygoers as “gringos mensos” or “gringo idiots,” so it’s safe to say that the festival didn’t have the blessing of all locals.

The event has put the health of local Mexicans at increased risk as Mexico enters its deadliest phase of the pandemic yet.

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COVID-19 has devastated Mexico. In terms of official infections, it appears that Mexico is a far better place than the U.S., but those numbers are deceiving as Mexico has one of the lowest testing rates in the world.

Even taking that low testing rate into account, the virus has infected more than 1.2 million people and killed over 110,000 – giving Mexico the highest case-fatality rate in the world at 9.2 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

But those grim numbers haven’t stopped the partying in Tulum.

Tourists, primarily from the United States, Europe, and South America, have descended on the beachy municipality in groups to dine, dance, and flout COVID restrictions. Tourists’ pandemic partying in Tulum has angered locals, who feel their behavior is recklessly endangering the community, and many believe that festivals like this may end up forcing the community to the brink of a public health disaster.

And despite the risk, another music festival is soon planned to take place in the same town.

Just as locals and health officials are starting to recognize the impact that Art With Me had, locals in Tulum are bracing for even more trouble: a more than two-week-long music festival starting on New Year’s Eve, dubbed Zamna.

The electronic music festival is dubbed as a place where “indigenous culture and electronic music unite” but it will end up having a hugely negative impact on the local community – which is made up largely of Indigenous Mexicans – in terms of COVID-19 infections.

Although young folks are less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID, they may be the demographic most responsible for spreading the virus right now—and delaying a return to normalcy.

“Are they on a different planet than the rest of us and don’t realize there’s a pandemic going on?” Dr. Timothy Brewer, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Medicine, told The Daily Beast. “In the country as a whole, 18- to 49-year-olds are driving this pandemic. 

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Community Rallies Around Latina Leader Who Needed A Double Lung Transplant Because Of Covid

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Community Rallies Around Latina Leader Who Needed A Double Lung Transplant Because Of Covid

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There is still so much that we do not know about Covid-19. One of the biggest mysteries is the long term effect of the virus after people recover. One of the most common things caused by Covid is the need for lung transplants. A Latina leader in Milwaukee experienced just that.

Carmen Lerma is a beloved member of the Latino community of Milwaukee.

Lerma was diagnosed with Covid-19 in July. At the time, cases were growing across the country and we knew even less about the virus than we know now. Lerma’s Covid diagnosis led to the beloved community member needing a double lung transplant because of the viciousness of this virus.

“She is very kind. She is very loved,” fellow volunteer and friend Carmen Hernandez said of Lerma to NBC News. “I feel so bad for her situation right now. She can’t even breathe. It’s really hard for me to see her going through this when she’s such an active person.”

Months after her diagnosis, Lerma has a new pair of lungs.

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The Covid-19 pandemic is entering a new and terrifying chapter as cases are growing around the world. Countries in Europe are implementing new restrictions to control the spread of Covid and certain states are follow suit to protect residents. Lerma is hoping that her story can help to convince people of the severity of the virus.

Lerma’s story highlights the seriousness of Covid-19 complications after surviving a diagnosis.

Lung transplants for Covid-19 patients are becoming more and more common as more people are infected with the virus. Currently, more than 8 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Covid. More than 220,000 people have died and cases, which never significantly decreased, are on the rise again in most states.

Lerma is using her story to get people to care about Covid-19.

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There has been a lot of misinformation spread about Covid that has contributed to the spikes. President Donald Trump used his own diagnosis to tell people not to worry about the virus and to get out there and live life, something health experts around the world rebuked. Even Harvard University released a study debunking the claim that certain blood types are more resistant or prone to Covid-19.

In one of the most American traditions, friends set up a GoFundMe to help cover the costs of Lerma’s medical care.

The GoFundMe page has raised more than $30,000 of the $100,000 they are hoping to raise to pay for Lerma’s medical costs. She spent months in hospitals fighting the virus that is currently devastating Wisconsin as it spreads unimpeded. Wisconsin is facing one of the worst outbreaks in the U.S. right now after a conservative judge declared Gov. Tony Evers’ restrictions to slow the spread. The state’s Republican Party is suing to reverse the mask mandate, the single strongest tool we have to battle the virus and save lives.

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