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MAYBE VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES WILL CALM THEM DOWN

A high-security prison in Norway has abandoned its yoga classes after it made some of the prisoners even more dangerously aggressive than usual. The experimental program was introduced earlier this year at Ringerike prison, home to some of the country's most dangerous prisoners, with the hope that the calming effect of yoga practice would help to keep the prisoner's anger in check. Instead, staff at the prison reported that the deep breathing exercises unblocked the prisoner's psychological barriers, unleashing otherwise repressed emotions and leading to increased agitation, aggression, mental confusion and even insomnia among the inmates. The group who had introduced the yoga program to the prison expressed surprise at the results, claiming that their techniques have worked with great success on about 100,000 prisoners in 15 countries. (The Independent UK)

GRAVITY ISN'T JUST A GOOD IDEA, IT'S THE LAW

Although this next news report didn't mention anything about alcohol, I can only assume this story belongs in the Drunk and Stupid files, after an Australian man managed to send himself to the hospital by falling off the same building twice within a few minutes. The 30-year-old man had locked himself out of his apartment and proceeded to climb up the outside of his building in order to get in. After falling a few stories onto a parked car and smashing its windshield, the man decided to tempt fate one more time. On his second climb, the man fell from the third story and landed on his head. (ninemsm.com)

INSTEAD OF TAKING ALL THE FUN JOBS, MAKE THOSE ROBOTS STITCH SOME SNEAKERS

More robots in the news out of the United Arab Emirates, where a recent ban on using children as jockeys in camel races has led to that country's first-ever camel race using robot jockeys. The robots successfully rode camels on the three kilometer testing track while the robot's handlers drove along side in 4x4's using remote controls to command the jockeys. (New Scientist)

IT'S AN EMERGENCY, MY OWNER IS A MORON

A woman in New Jersey ended up with three police cars parked outside of her house in the middle of the night after she trained her dog to dial 911 in case of an emergency. After a night of long training she went to sleep, but Slayer, her dog, stayed up and practiced dialing the number, managing to call 911 three times before police arrived at the home. (Ananova)

YOU'LL WANT TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR THIS TRIP

An official in Hong Kong has proposed the opening of the world's first suicide theme park, an attraction where guests would be dared to spend a night in one of the supposedly haunted flats on an island which has been a favorite spot of suicides over the years. City councillor Lam Kit-sing suggested that Cheung Chau island should cash in on the grisly reputation of one of it's holiday homes where 20 people have killed themselves over the last eight years and another five have attempted suicide. A dirty spot yesterday will be an attraction tomorrow, rationalized Lam. (South China Morning Post)

UNTIL THEY INVENT TELEPORTATION, THIS TRICK WILL HAVE TO DO

OK, try this and let me know if it works ... Supposedly, some elevators are designed with a hidden feature which can turn your ride into a non-stop express lift to your floor. Simply press the "door close" button and the button for the floor you want to zoom to at the same time and away you go.

DOMO ARIGATO, MISS ROBOTO

Japanese professors have finished the most human-looking robot ever built, a female android with a name only a complete robotics nerd could enjoy, Repliee Q1Expo. The team of scientists hope to continue to improve their androids until they are able to fool people into believing they are human. (BBC)

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

If you could use up all the unredeemed frequent flyer miles of everyone in the world, you could take 42,500 round-trip flights to the sun.

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