SAVE YOUR MONEY FOR GRAVITY-FREE SEX IN THE SPACE HOTEL
If you happen to have an extra $100 million lying around, you will soon be able to buy a round-trip ticket around the moon and back. A Virginian company called Space Adventures has already sent two tourists into space and has plans to partner with the Russian space agency in order to offer 10-to-21 day moon orbit tours by 2008. Eric Anderson, chief executive of Space Adventures, figures there are between 500 and 1,000 people in the world who could afford the $100 million ticket. But before you blow your wad, you should know that the journey will be cramped and extremely unpleasant, as you'll be holed up for a few weeks in a space capsule with about as much passenger room as an SUV. The two previous space tourists, who paid $20 million each to orbit the earth, both complained bitterly and wanted to cut their vacations short, comparing their trip to spending 14 days in a men's room. (New York Times)
YOU'RE NOT SAYING ANYTHING
Science has finally cracked the mystery of why men don't listen to women. According to researchers at Sheffield University in England, women's voices are more difficult for the brain to process and use a more complex area of the brain in order to be understood, while a man's voice triggers simpler mechanisms in the brain, making it easier to listen to a man's voice than a woman's. Researcher Michael Hunter explained that "the female voice is actually more complex than the male voice, due to differences in the size and shape of the vocal cords and larynx between men and women, and also due to women having greater natural melody in their voices." Of course, a less popular theory is that men tune women out because it takes them about an hour to say something that should take two minutes ... but that's another research project altogether. (Daily Mail)
I NO LONGER FEEL EMPTY INSIDE
The world's first ever Bratwurst Eating Championship was won by 99-pound Sonya Thomas last week. Also known as The Black Widow on the competitive-eating circuit (yes, there is such a thing-check out the International Federation of Competitive Eating at www.ifoce.com and fulfill your lifelong dreams. Thomas downed 35 brats in 10 minutes to take the title and break the previous record of 19-1/2 brats. One day earlier, Thomas ate 22 grilled cheese sandwiches for practice. (AP)
IF YOU CAN READ THIS, YOU LIVE TOO CLOSE TO ME
A man in Florida has been forced to remove the message "Die you miserable bitch," which he had painted on the side of his house in huge black letters, directed at his neighbor, a 73-year-old woman dying of cancer. Of course, the reason he was forced to remove the offensive message was not because he is a menace to society, but because the words on the side of his house exceeded the permitted size for a sign in a residential area. Apparently, there is now law against painting the words "Die you miserable bitch" on the side of your house. Good to know. (sptimes.com)
YOUR LIPS ARE MOVING BUT A REAL VIKING WOULD SNAP YOUR BOAT IN HALF
A man in Amsterdam has finally finished building a full-size replica of a Viking ship made out of 15 million popsicle sticks. Robert McDonald and two volunteers have spent the last two years building the 15 metre long vessel and actually hope to sail the boat across the Atlantic in order to set a new world record for the largest sailing ship made out of ice cream sticks. "It's a dream come true. It's truly worth all the hard work," said McDonald, adding that "I never want to look at glue again." And I suggest you stop inhaling it as well ... (Reuters)
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WEIRDNESS
The so-called Amazing Randi has posted an internet version of his book, An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural.This thing has listings on absolutely every bizarre category you could possibly want to know about, from the Abominable Snowman to Zombies, and everything in between. Check it out at www.randi.org/encyclopedia.
"I READ IT ON THE INTERNET SO IT MUST BE TRUE" FACT OF THE WEEK
Over 90 percent of kebab sales in the UK are made after 11 p.m.