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June 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Spouses cause ‘more stress than our bosses’: “Spouses are a bigger source of stress than bosses, research shows. There may be no place like home, but if you want to relax then you might be better off at work, according to the survey. The poll of 3,000 men and women also found that husbands are more likely to send their wives’ blood pressure soaring than the other way round. Overall, 58 per cent of those surveyed said their spouse or partner was among those who put them under pressure. Just 43 per cent said the same of their manager. And 18 per cent of women said their partner added a lot of stress to their life – compared with just 12 per cent of men.”

Older DOES mean wiser, say scientists: “Brain power can improve as a person gets older, scientists have discovered. Although short-term memory and the ability to reason does decline with old age, long-term memory remains unaffected. And a person’s social skills, emotional intelligence and vocabulary may all get better. The findings cast doubt on the common belief that a person’s mental faculties peak in their twenties – and that it is all downhill from there. Scientists point to a growing body of evidence which shows that older people are better at rational decision making because their brains are less susceptible to surges of dopamine, a hormone that can lead to impulsive reactions. And their experience means that despite slower brain speed, they can often solve problems more quickly because they can draw on previous templates.”

A French exotic dancer has put on a strip show on top of Australia’s most famous rock: “Alizee Sery, 25, said she put on the impromptu show at Uluru as a “tribute” to Aborigines and their culture and to fulfill a lifelong dream. But the performance is likely to anger traditional owners who see Uluru as the most sacred place in Central Australia. The strip show is also likely to infuriate Parks Australia, which is under intense pressure to ban people from climbing the rock. “I do not mean in any way for this video to offend the Aboriginal culture,” she told The Sunday Territorian. “I am aware that Uluru is sacred in their culture. “My project is a tribute to the greatness of The Rock. What we need to remember is that traditionally, the Aboriginal people were living naked. So stripping down was a return to what it was like.”

Saucy Russian advertisement: “A NEW ad by a Russian airline featuring bikini-clad flight attendants washing planes has taken raunchiness to another level. The saucy clip promoting Moscow-based start-up airline Avianova shows women stripping out of their stewardess uniforms and washing the company’s planes. Avianova launched in August last year and serves 16 destinations within Russia. It has a fleet of five Airbus A320 planes, and has recently advertised fares starting from under $10.” [Video at link]

Six-year-old “terrorist”: “A six-year-old girl from Ohio [above] is on the US Department of Homeland Security’s “no fly” list. FOXNews.com said today, citing an affiliate television station in Cleveland, the little girl, Alyssa Thomas, was travelling with her parents from Cleveland to Minneapolis when a ticket agent notified the family she was on the list of restricted fliers. “We were, like, puzzled,” said her father, Dr Santhosh Thomas. “I’m like, well, she’s kinda six years old and this is not something that should be typical.” When the family tried to clear up the issue with Homeland Security, they received a letter notifying them that it could not be changed.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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