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February 8, 2006

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I DREAM OF HAREMS

A 57-year-old Japanese man who was able to keep a harem of 10 women all in their 20s and 30s claims the secret to his success came to him in a dream in which he was given a "magic incantation" that would make him irresistible to women. In order to avoid Japan's laws against polygamy, Hirohito Shibuya married and divorced all 10 women in rapid succession but kept them all living in his home and working in local shops while he avoided work due to a supposed heart condition. Police were alerted to his unique living arrangements after a woman complained that Shibuya threatened to turn her into mincemeat if she didn't join his harem. Police believe that the man must have used some kind of mind control technique to keep the young women under his spell, but Shibuya claimed he has been irresistible to woman ever since he had a dream that taught him a magic incantation which would force women to desire him if he said the phrase to them. Unfortunately Shibuya refused to share his secret with the world, but he told investigators that "if you chant it, even unattractive men find themselves popular with women." (Times Online)

IT'S OFFICIAL—SEX BEATS STRESS

If you've got a stressful situation coming up in a few days you might want to try to get laid in order to better deal with the situation. A psychologist at the University of Paisley in the United Kingdom has just finished research which seems to show that getting some action in bed helps to keep blood pressure down and relieves stress for up to a week. The experiment concluded that penetrative sex (which the science dorks call PVI—penile-vaginal intercourse) shows the most benefits, followed by masturbation and sexual activity without intercourse. The people who abstained from sex registered the highest levels of stress and blood pressure during stressful events administered by the experimenters. (New Scientist)

WHO SAYS DIETS DON'T WORK?

A prisoner in Australia managed a cunning escape last week after starving himself for weeks in order to lose over 30 pounds and squeeze through the space between the edge of his cell window and the prison bars. Robert Cole spent the last couple of months losing about 20 percent of his body weight and spending his time chipping away at the brickwork outside of his cell window. Finally he was able to squeeze through the narrow opening and walk to freedom undetected. Police are on the lookout for a very skinny man ... (The Age)

GOOD TIMES / BAD TIMES

Here come two stories from the extreme opposite ends of the Medical Miracle/Medical Nightmare spectrum. First the good news, in which a 74-year-old woman in the United Kingdom inexplicably regained her vision after suffering a heart attack. Joyce Urch had been blind for the past 25 years until a heart attack left her in the hospital battling for her life for three days. By the end of the third day, not only had she fully recovered, but remarkably she opened her eyes and was able to see for the first time since 1979. Hallelujah! Unfortunately, while this woman was enjoying one of the happiest days of her life, a woman in Florida was suffering through one of the worst cases of medical negligence I've every read. Claudia Mejia checked into an Orlando hospital in order to giver birth to her child, but surgeons went above and beyond the call of duty by amputating both of her arms and legs without any warning or consultation with the new mom. When she tried to find out what had happened, the hospital told her she would need to sue them in order to get any more information about the case. The case now sits in the legal waiting list of the Florida courts while Mejia tries to raise her new child as a quadruple amputee. Sometimes life really sucks ... (AFP / wftv.com)

TIME TO SEARCH THE DUSTY CORNERS OF YOUR HOME FOR HIDDEN TREASURE

An Australian woman who found a 14-year-old lottery ticket in an old greeting card someone sent ended up with a $75,000 prize after she checked the results at her local lottery booth last week. (AHN)

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

You're 10 times more likely to be bitten by a human than a rat.

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