Let's hear it for the values of the Heartland, where we watch out for our hard-earned dollars instead of just throwing them away like those profligate wastrels on the coasts:
The husband of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told police he paid a prostitute $150 for sex in February.
Troy, Mich., police were investigating an Internet-based prostitution ring when they stopped Stabenow's husband, Thomas Athans, whom police believed had just met a prostitute at a hotel and paid to have sex with her, according to The Detroit News. Athans admitted to paying the 20-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him.
Did you get that? $150. That's a reasonable price. Eliot Spitzer hired a $1,000-an-hour hooker. If Midwest prostitutes charged what New York ones do, that means poor Mr. Athans got only 4 minutes of pleasure.
Oh, wait. Come to think of it, that sounds about right:
Maybe men had it right all along: It doesn't take long to satisfy a woman in bed. A survey of sex therapists concluded the optimal amount of time for sexual intercourse was 3 to 13 minutes. The findings, to be published in the May issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, strike at the notion that endurance is the key to a great sex life.