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START MAKING PLANS FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIAL NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

A geneticist from Cambridge University believes that human life expectancy will someday reach an average of several thousand years, and says that the first human to live to the age of 1,000 is probably alive today and about 60 years old. In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Aubrey de Grey explained that since aging is a physical phenomenon, as medicine and technology become more powerful we will be able to limit the speed at which we age just as effectively as the way modern medicines slow the spread of diseases. The geneticist also claims that all of the technology needed to dramatically slow the aging process is already in existence and needs only more clinical trials and refinement in order to be applied to humans. He estimates that anti-aging therapies will be perfected on mice within 10 years, and another 10 years will bring similar results in humans. And because these therapies can repair accumulated damage, they can reverse the symptoms of age in people who are already alive today. Dr. de Grey predicts that the future average age of humans will be a few thousand years, and all of those years will be spent in perfect physical and mental health. (BBC)

TRY THIS EXCUSE THE NEXT TIME YOU'RE CAUGHT CHEATING ON YOUR LOVER

Sleep disorder psychologists have discovered a bizarre new affliction in which men and women "sleepwalk" in the middle of the night and seek out sex with random strangers. The condition, cleverly titled "sleep sex," has passed the initial hurdle of skepticism and will probably be included in the next edition of International Classification of Sleep Disorders so that doctors can legitimately study the disorder. (stuff.co.nz)

ALSO THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THOSE HARD-TO-SHOP-FOR FOOT FETISHISTS

A Czech inventor has created the world's first vibrating "bat-shoes" which will help the blind navigate through streets when they're walking. The sole of each shoe contains a built-in device that shoots out a beam of infrared light in all directions, and then a sensor picks up reflected light off potential obstacles causing the shoe to vibrate in order to warn the wearer. "It works like a bat's sonar except it uses light beams to detect rather than sound, and is really effective," said inventor Antonin Kaspara.

YOU've got SPAM!

And one from the usually empty "poetic justice" department: According to Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates is probably the most spammed person in the world, receiving over 4 million e-mails every day, a good 3.9 million of them probably promising to make his MicroSoft mega hard.

SO YOU SUCK--AT LEAST YOU'RE NOT HURTING ANYBODY

A study by Nicholas Emler, a social psychologist from the London School of Economics, claims that many of the social problems attributed to low self-esteem are myths, and that high self-esteem may pose a far greater threat. The study showed that young people with high self-esteem are more likely to be racist or engage in high-risk activities such as speeding and driving drunk. Whereas those suffering from low self-esteem are more likely to injure themselves, those with high self-esteem tend to damage other people, says Emler, "either because they are reckless and dangerous or because they are unpleasant." He also found that low self-esteem did not increase the risk of violence, drug use, alcohol abuse or racism, but did increase the incidence of depression, suicide, teenage pregnancy and being victimized by bullies. (Reuters)

PUT THE BAG BRIDE ON CARPET PATROL

The White House has posted an extensive list of over 2,300 street terms for various drugs and drug-related activities on its Web site. Here is the Curious Times Top Ten List of Drug Slang: 10. A-Bomb (joint laced with heroin or opium); 9. Mind Detergent (LSD); 8. Devil's Dick (crack pipe); 7. Sweet Jesus (heroin) 6. Gutter Junkie (addict who relies on others to obtain drugs); 5. Fly Mexican Airlines (smoke marijuana); 4. Interplanetary Mission (traveling from one crackhouse to another searching for drugs); 3. Carpet Patrol (crack smokers searching the floor for more drugs); 2. Hippie Crack (inhalants); 1. Bag Bride (crack-smoking prostitute). Get with the program at www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov. :