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CURIOUS TIMES FEB. 4 EDITION

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I'M ROOTING FOR THE EGG

Should someone who is allergic to eggs be able to sue an egg company after eating one of their eggs? Probably not, right? Well, one company in England has covered its legal ass by printing an allergen warning on their cartons of eggs. The Happy Egg Company's boxes now come with the helpful warning: Allergy Advice: Contains Eggs. "We have to state the obvious to cover all eventualities," explained a spokesperson for the company. (Daily Mail)

FROGGER COULD TEACH THESE KIDS A THING OR TWO

You may have thought that letting your child have a cell phone would increase his or her safety, but the latest research claims that more children are getting hit by cars because they're too busy chatting, texting or playing games on their phones. Although a simulated study didn't provide any hard data to support the contention, it found that children talking on their phones are 43 percent more likely to be hit by a car. (Reuters)

YOU CAN'T GET RID OF THE GRIM REAPER

A hospital in Derby, United Kingdom, has taken the bizarre step of seeking an exorcist in order to rid the hospital of a ghost that has been making the rounds for the past few weeks. "There have been dozens of sightings over recent weeks, and people are scared witless," said one witness. "Several have seen a male figure cloaked from head to toe in black darting between rooms and through walls—especially in departments near the morgue." To deal with the apparition, senior manager Debbie Butler called upon the hospital's chaplain, who will seek approval from the Bishop of Derby in order to carry out the exorcism. ( The Telegraph)

THE GOOD OLD DAYS WEREN'T ALL THAT GOOD AFTER ALL

Scientists have discovered why old people always go on and on about the good old days. It seems that as you age, the brain allows negative memories to fade away, creating a distorted impression of how great life was when you were younger. The authors of this study concluded that the brains of the elderly filter out negative information in order to maintain a positive emotional state as they age. (The Telegraph)

EVER WANTED TO BECOME A MINDLESS SEX ZOMBIE?

We may not be able to have world peace or a clean environment or figure out how to cure diseases, but we won't care about any of that stuff anyway if scientists perfect the "sex chip" they are currently working on. Researchers estimate that within 10 years, we'll have an electronic chip that can be implanted in your brain in order to give you orgasms at the push of a button. The tiny electronic shocks sent to your orbitofrontal cortex stimulates the same pleasure receptors that are activated while eating or having sex. "When the technology is improved, we can use deep brain stimulation in many new areas. It will be more subtle, with more control over the power so you may be able to turn the chip on and off when needed," promised neuroscientist Tipu Aziz. (Times Online)

ZWHYR GJUWSX CVK!

A British professor claims to have invented a program that will be the first step in deciphering an alien language if we ever meet any extraterrestrials. The software would compare the new language to the patterns of 60 human languages in order to begin the deciphering and then break down the language into words and sentences and then nouns and verbs. Unfortunately, by the time he figures it out, the entire planet will have been vaporized. (The Telegraph)

HOW NOT TO MEET GIRLS

A Japanese company has created a DVD designed to help shy guys get comfortable making eye contact with women by letting them practice on their computer screens. The disk is called Miterudake ("just looking") and features 50 women of all ages and races simply staring at the screen awaiting your eye contact. "I'm not 100 percent sure you can overcome shyness with this DVD, but I hope it helps somehow," says its creator, Yosuke Ito. (Wired Blog)

I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK

Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

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