Researchers have come up with a list of 237 reasons people have sex.
First: what the hell is wrong with the paper that the list itself isn’t in the article – you know, perhaps so you can check entries off to see how many you’ve used? More importantly, such a list would facilitate the efforts of clever people to find new, hitherto unutilized reasons: “I bought a new pair of shoes! Let’s do it, baby!” It would also have been useful to know which reasons potential partners find most compelling. (I’m guessing “new pair of shoes” would rank pretty low.)
Update: Faithful reader Janet (and that’s Janet ID, an abbreviation of her surname – not “Janet Id”) points out that the online article links to a PDF file listing the top 50 reasons, for men and for women. Unsurprisingly, many of the nominally different reasons are pretty much the same: please explain the difference between “I was ‘horny'” and “I was sexually aroused and wanted the release,” for instance. I too am amused by one of the answers: “it just happened.” “You know, I was walking down the street on my way to work, and all of a sudden I was behind a dumpster in the alley having sex. I have no idea how that happened!”