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I'M HATIN' IT

So you want to hike into the wilderness, but you're addicted to cheeseburgers? Well, a Swiss company has created the world's first canned cheeseburger just for you. Simply throw the can in a pot of water over your campfire, wait a few minutes and you're ready to cure your munchies. But beware, brave folks have actually tasted this monstrosity and the verdict is not good. One brave taste-tester writes that the burger tastes "something like a really terrible veggie burger: Sort of beef-esque, in a way that would only fool someone who never actually eats beef. The fairly rank, unsweetened ketchup overwhelms the burger, while the cheese and bun do not lend anything to the experience one way or the other, apart from helpfully keeping the 'meat' further away from the taste buds." (gizmodo.com)

WHO SAYS BABIES ARE USELESS?

Psychologists in the United Kingdom have discovered that keeping a picture of a cute baby in your wallet will increase your chances of having the wallet returned if you ever lose it. After planting 240 wallets in the streets of Edinburgh last year, they found that nearly half of the wallets were mailed back to the owner. Among those that were returned, 88 percent of the wallets that contained a picture of a baby were returned compared to 53 percent for wallets with a picture of a puppy, 48 percent for a photo of a family, 28 percent for a picture of an elderly couple, and only 15 percent for wallets with no photo whatsoever. (Times Online)

HOW TO RUIN YOUR VACATION

A study from the San Diego School of Medicine warns men that having unprotected sex with hookers in Tijuana will greatly increase your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. You might want to get that fact tattooed on your dick because it'll be hard to remember after your sixth shot of tequila. (labspaces.net)

PAPER OR JAIL?

Uganda's government has introduced legislation that will outlaw all plastic bags beginning in 2010 with a penalty of three years in jail and a $1,500 fine for anyone caught using one. The government also established a 120 percent tax on imported plastic material currently entering the country. (earthtimes.org)

WORLD'S WORST TOURISTS

Irritating French vacationers have knocked the Chinese off their perch as the world's worst tourists in this year's survey of 4,500 hotel owners worldwide carried out by Expedia. The French snatched the victory thanks to their rudeness, arrogance, unwillingness to speak local languages and inability to leave tips. American tourists had a shot at the title after being voted the messiest, loudest and worst dressed tourists, but made up for it by being the world's most generous tippers. (Reuters)

HOW TO PISS YOUR PANTS

Vertigo junkies have a new attraction to visit: the Sears Tower in Chicago has built a glass-floored observation deck on the 110th floor--1,353 feet up in the air. The attraction, called The Ledge, claims to be the scariest view in the world with its transparent walls and ceilings and a glass floor only a half-inch thick. (Ananova)

THE BORING PREDICTABILITY OF HATE AND VIOLENCE

Two statistical researchers from the University of New Mexico claim that random acts of violence--including terrorist attacks and wars--actually follow very predictable mathematical trends that point to another 9/11-sized terrorist attack in about three years. Aaron Clauset and Maxwell Young wrote a paper about the phenomenon in which they claimed that seemingly random and emotional outbursts of human violence follow mathematical laws that are as "dull and predictable as the laws of gravity." Using an aspect of statistical analysis called "power laws," the researchers then analyzed terrorist attacks worldwide since 1968 and concluded that the next most deadly terrorist attack will occur in 2012. (world-science.net)

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

Sixty-four percent of women who eat artichokes for dinner have an orgasm that night during sex, and 6 percent of women who eat an entire artichoke report having multiple orgasms.

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