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CURIOUS TIMES APRIL 8 EDITION

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PSYCHO KILLER ... QU'EST-CE QUE C'EST?

After a two-year-long search for a serial killer whose DNA was found at 39 different crime scenes, German police have finally discovered that the source of the DNA was a factory worker who packaged the cotton buds used to collect evidence by police. In one of the most puzzling cases in German history, the case had been tackled by hundreds of investigators, and even a reward of $300,000 euros was not enough to find the phantom killer whose DNA showed up in otherwise unrelated murders all over Germany and as far away as Austria and France. And now we know why. Detectives had been tracking the DNA of a worker from the company who has supplied the police with DNA collection materials since 2001. Good job guys. (bild.de)

THE PHRASE "MILF" JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT CREEPIER

Romania plans to become the next great retirement destination for perverts with news that the country's incest laws are about to become less restrictive. Following the leads of France, Spain and Portugal­—where consensual sex between adult relatives is legal—Romania plans to exempt parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters from prosecution if the incest was with consenting adult family members. "Not everything that is immoral has to be illegal," said Justice Ministry legal expert Valerian Cioclei. "We cannot help these people by turning them into criminals and punishing them." (AP)

THE CHINESE WILL EAT ANYTHING

For one of the most bizarre X-rays you'll ever see, Google up the phrase "man swallows scissors" for photos of the inside of a Chinese man's throat after he somehow managed to swallow a pair of 4-inch-long scissors. Apparently, he had been using the scissors as a toothpick, but when his friend made him laugh the scissors slipped down his throat and dug into his esophagus. But no problem ... surgeons were able to remove the scissors in about 30 minutes. (The Telegraph)

PAY TO PRAY

Too busy serving modern technology to worship your stone-age deity? Techie scam artists have just the solution. Hit up Information Age Prayer (informationageprayer.com), where their text-to-speech software will automatically say your prayers for you every day. For example, a daily prayer for a Catholic is only 70 cents per month while the complete Hail Mary Rosary Package will set you back a whopping $49.95 per month. The site offers prayers for whatever your religion might be and promises Muslims that the computer speakers will always face Mecca when the prayers are broadcast.

NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG BABIES

Career advice for the recently downsized: Become a urologist. Anecdotal evidence from doctors around North America suggests the number of men asking for vasectomies has increased by as much as 50 percent since the economic downturn last October. (CNN)

STICKIN' IT TO THE MAN

A 66-year-old Malaysian man has become a local celebrity after discovering a strange talent for sticking heavy objects to his body. Tan Kok Thai discovered the rare gift while taking off his shirt one day and finding a coin had fallen out of the pocket and stuck to his chest. Since then he has found that rock, metal, plastic, wood and rubber items all stick to his body and refuse to fall off unless he gets sweaty. Unfortunately, his wife and children don't approve of his act. "They think I have gone mad, but I give little weight to their criticisms," said Thai, "I know I have gift although I don't know how it came about." Thai has attracted bananas, cellphones, books, biscuits, flashlights, meat cleavers, plastic bottles and a 45-pound rock to his chest. (thestar.com)

ARE THOSE SPACE PANTS YOU'RE WEARING BECAUSE YOUR STENCH IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

Good news, guys. Someday, we'll be able to go an entire week without changing our underwear thanks to innovations from Japan's space agency. As you read this, there is a Japanese astronaut up in space testing a pair of space underwear made out of antibacterial polymers that are designed to absorb human sweat (and other liquids) and reduce the smells of days-old clothing so that astronauts will be able to work for an entire week without changing their ginch. (The Telegraph)

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