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IS THAT A SWASTIKA SHAVED INTO YOUR PUBES?

An Italian newspaper reports that Adolf Hitler not only wanted to perfect the human race through genocide and genetic breeding, but he was also interested in creating the perfect sex doll for the soldiers in his army. The story claims that Hitler ordered a Danish doctor named Olen Hannussen to develop the world's first inflatable sex doll in 1941, giving strict guidelines to make sure the doll matched Hitler's image of the ideal Aryan woman. The top secret project supposedly included the instructions from Hitler that she should be a natural size with a pretty woman's appearance with white skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, 1.76 meters (5 feet, nine inches) high, with large lips and breasts. Hitler thought the doll was needed in order to help German soldiers who might not have an outlet for their sexual energy and end up polluting the race by having sex with non-Aryan women. However, the plan never came to fruition because the factory which was set to manufacture the doll was bombed by the Allies before production began. (Corriere della Sera)

THE MONEY WILL RUN OUT, BUT YOU'LL STILL BE AN IDIOT

A woman who auctioned off her forehead as advertising space has received her $10,000 asking price and now sports a tattoo of the name GoldenPalace.com in inch-high letters tattooed across her forehead. While everyone else thinks she is insane, Kari Smith believes that the 10 grand will help her create a better life for her son. "For all the sacrifices everyone makes, this is a very small one," she said, adding that she plans to use the money to send her son to private school. Tattoo artist Don Brouse claims that he spent nearly seven hours trying to convince her not to go through with the plan, finally putting the tattoo as close to her hairline as possible so she could partially cover it with her bangs. (Newsday)

ONE HIT FOR ME, NO HITS FOR YOU

Former Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Dock Ellis has finally revealed the secret to the no-hitter that he pitched in 1970 against the San Diego Padres, the highlight of his career. He says he didn't know he would be pitching that day so he dropped some acid at around noon. By the time he was to start the game, at 6:05 p.m., he was peaking. "I can only remember bits and pieces of the game," he says, "I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria." Despite tripping on acid and seeing things that weren't quite right ("sometimes the ball felt like a balloon, sometimes like a golf ball; sometimes I couldn't see the catcher, other times I couldn't see the hitter"), he managed to throw a no-hitter and win the game 2-0. (Dallas Observer)

(LACK OF) SPEED KILLS

The crime-infested city of Rio de Janeiro is considering lifting speed limits in some parts of the city in order to help people protect themselves from carjackings. Most people already ignore the 40 kph speed limit in urban areas due to fears of being robbed or killed in a slow-moving vehicle. Earlier this month the legislative assembly for the state of Rio de Janeiro proposed building huge halls along some parts of the highways in order to protect motorists from shootouts between drug gangs. (Reuters)

SHE AIN'T HEAVY, SHE'S MY WIFE

Estonian Margo Uusorg has brought his country the eighth straight victory at the annual Wife-Carrying Championships in Finland. Uusorg completed the 253.5-metre-long obstacle course in 59 seconds to take his fourth title since the event began in 1992. The prize for winning the event is your wife's weight in beer. The Finns claim that the event is based on the local legend that wife-stealing used to be common in that region of the world. (Reuters)

GRUNT HATERS

Wimbledon's chief official Alan Mills is trying to push though one last rule change before he retires this year: banning the grunts which many female tennis players make as they serve the ball. "I don't like it at all. Today there is probably more grunting than there has ever been," he said, claiming that non-grunting tennis players are annoyed by the new style. Many of the non-grunting players are unhappy about the noise pollution and a kind of counter-grunt culture has emerged in recent years whereby offended parties ape their opponent's noises. (AFP)

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