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FRANKENSTEIN'S DOG

The march of the mad scientists continues with new technology that has allowed American scientists to bring back to life dogs which have been clinically dead for up to three hours. The zombie dogs are an experiment of Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research, where the clinic has perfected a technique in which they drain the blood of a dog, fill it with an ice-cold saline solution, keep the animal in a state of suspended animation for several hours, and then replace the blood and revive the dog with an electric shock. The animals are considered clinically dead with no breathing, heartbeat or brain activity during the entire test, but the animals have been successfully revived with no apparent damage. The scientists plan to test this technique on humans within a year, with hopes that the procedure can save the lives of people who have suffered huge blood loss in accidents or from stabbings and gunshot wounds. “The results are stunning. "I think in 10 years we will be able to prevent death in a certain segment of those using this technology,"”said a U.S. battlefield doctor. (news.com.au)

KING FOR A DAY

If you're Canadian, get your mouse finger over to www.gopetition.com, where you can sign an online petition to have every Canadian's birthday be their very own statutory holiday. "The concept is a fairly simple one," says the Web site. "Everyone has a birthday -what better way to celebrate than to give that person the day off on that most special of days?" Throw your two cents in at www.gopetition.com/online/6655.html. And if you're not Canadian, go there and start your own petition for an equivalent holiday in your country ...

EAT IT

Ever since that slice of toast with the image of the Virgin Mary burned into it was sold on eBay last November for the obscene sum of $28,000, the Interent auction site has become a virtual clearing house for celebrity-emblazoned toast. Go there now and you can bid for toast related to Elvis Presley, Yoda, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and, of course, at least a dozen entries for Michael Jackson toast. My favorite, however, is one piece of toast up for auction with the caption: "A Piece of Toast With Nothing On It."

THE HAPPIEST DAY OF THE YEAR

After creating the highly scientific formula for finding the most depressing day of the year (January 24) and the best day of the year to make a new start in life (May 19), psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall of the University of Cardiff in the UK has announced that Friday, June 23 was officially the happiest day of the year. His formula, O + (N x S) + Cpm divided by T + He, takes into consideration six factors: O (being outdoors and outdoor activity); N (nature); S (social interaction); Cpm (childhood summers and positive memories); T (temperature); and He (holidays and looking forward to time off). (sky.com)

HOT ENOUGH FOR YA?

Germany's first-ever Sauna Endurance Competition ended in a mere four minutes and 52 seconds as champion Andreas Kramp endured scorching heat of up to 110 Celsius (230 Fahrenheit) to take the victory. Of course, Finns everywhere are scoffing as the actual world record sits at an insane 12 minutes set by Leo Pusa at last year's international championship held in Heinola, Finland. (Yahoo News)

FRESH VICTIMS FOR BORED TEEN PRANKSTERS

Within a year, robot security guards will be patrolling Japan's offices, shopping malls and banks thanks to the completion of a prototype called Guardrobo D1, a 109-cm-tall robot that will walk along preprogrammed security routes keeping an eye out for intruders or other security breaches. The robots will be in radio contact with human guards and be able to capture video footage of any crimes taking place. (Yahoo News)

BRING YOUR OWN CONDOM

The mayor of South Taranaki District, New Zealand, is asking voters to approve changing the name of their town to Taranaki South, as they would like to put an end to their community being known as STD. (worldonline.co.za)

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

The heaviest human brain ever recorded weighed 5 lbs., 1.1 ounces (2.3 kg.).