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Saturday, April 24, 2004

How the King of Denmark Helps Strangers Find Each Other for Sex on Public Transportation

Start with the off-the-cuff remark from Vegas ex-patriate Geoff Carter in his Live Journal,"...I've heard it said that when confronted with boring/tedious situations -- lectures, train/bus rides, etc. -- most people tend to imagine those around them dressed only in their undergarments, or completely nude. I tried that, but it doesn't really work for me, so now I imagine everyone in garish 1970s clothing and hair instead. Time flies when everyone's in afros and bellbottoms."

But through the miracle of modern technology, some are finding they can do more than just imagine their traveling companions naked. But first a history/science lesson, and then the sex part.

The history part: King Harald Blatand (Blue Tooth) ruled from 940 to 985. Unlike most Vikings, he was a uniter, not a plunderer. Harald completed the country's unification begun by his father, converted the Danes to Christianity, and conquered Norway. His name probably was taken from two old Danish words, 'blay' meaning dark skinned and 'tan' meaning great man.

The science part: Thinking of their technology as a uniting one, Ericsson initiated a study to investigate the feasibility of a low-power low-cost radio interface between mobile phones and their accessories. They were eventually joined by four companies: Nokia, IBM, Toshiba and Intel. Now a communications standard, Bluetooth-enabled electronics allow for people to create small local networks when their owners are in close proximity to each other.

...and now, the SEX PART!: Leave it to the British with their well-developed mass transit system and a penchant for public sex to cruise for willing partners via Blue Tooth. Called "Toothing", the men and women looking for action set their phones to ask other phones the simple question, "Toothing?" and the hunt for anonymous sex partners starts. The sites relating to Toothing include a Toothing FAQ, who's taking what routes, and a Toothing Blog.

In addition to mass-transit, Toothing is also finding its way into bars and supermarkets.

(Please note new Toothing Forum, amended June 20th 2004)

You would think that a city with "Sin" in its nickname would grab hold of this idea and run with it. Maybe the monorail will be Toothing ground-zero in Vegas when it opens.

posted by Mr. Kimberly at


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