A story claiming that staring at women’s breasts is healthy and also elongates the life span of men is a hoax dating back to 2011.

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The story, which was reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, has been circulating on social media, generating different reactions.

NAN quoted Karen Weatherby, a supposed German scientist, as the author of the research and stated that the “study was published in the new England Journal of Medicine”.

“The study, which was carried out over a period of five years, involved 500 men, half of whom were instructed to stare at women’s breasts in a lustful manner for no less than 10 minutes every day. The other half were instructed to abstain from doing such,” it read.

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“It concluded that men who stared at breasts, more often, showed lower rates of heart problems, slower resting heart rate and lower blood pressure, all of which enable a healthy living and long life. The study said men should stare at breasts for 10 minutes a day to improve the wellness of their hearts and live longer.

“Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female everyday is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out.”

NOT SO FAST!

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Michael Stang, a science journalist based in Germany, has come out to debunk the story, stating that there was no scientific research or papers to back the claims.

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“There was no scientific research and also no scientific paper etc. It’s a hoax (and obviously a very successful one),” he wrote.

Editor’s note: This story has been edited to reflect new facts.



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