Energy drinks and drug use
Research from the University of Michigan involving over 20, 000 children has revealed that those who drink energy drinks are more likely to use drugs, drink alcohol and smoke. The explanation is that energy drinks, like drugs and alcohol, are associated with the same kind of penchant for risk and sensation.
Read on dailymail.co.uk on 7/02.
Female Genital Mutilation in Belgium
In Belgium, 13, 122 girls have suffered from full or partial genital mutilation. Although the practice was banned in 2008, instances of genital mutilation have doubled since then.
Read on lanouvellegazette.be on 7/02.
Michelle Chapman is the first person to be jailed in Britain for trolling herself. She was jailed for 20 months for setting up accounts in the name of her father and step-mother and sending herself hundreds of abusive messages of an explicit sexual nature. She reported the fake trolling to the police, who remarkably took the complaint seriously even though she had been cautioned for a similar incident in 2009.
Read on independent.co.uk on 6/02.
An interview with a clitoris
The Spanish newspaper 'El País' this week published a fictional interview with a clitoris, in a curious exercise of divulgation. The female organ speaks of her relationship with the vagina and claims to take an attitude of 'altruism and disinterest' towards the human race.
Read on elpais.com on 6/02.
Rent a queuer
Italy reportedly has 2 main problems in 2014: mass unemployment and long waits for the most basic of bureaucratic tasks. Unemployed clothes vendor Giovanni Cafaro, 42, has come up with an idea for combatting one problem and exploiting the other – by becoming a professional, €10-an-hour queuer.
Read on guardian.co.uk on 5/02.
Welcome to the year of the whores.
The BBC, that ever reliable bastion of brilliant journalism, rang in the Chinese new year with style. BBC News, in their subtitles, welcomed not the year of the horse but the year of the whores. Every dog has his day.
Read on bigbrowser on 5/02.
Lego Gender Stereotyping
A seven-year-old girl has been applauded for writing a passionate letter to Lego about gender stereotyping in toys. She complained that Lego boys get to go on adventures and have jobs and even swim with sharks, whereas the Lego girls stay at home and go to bed.
Read on Metro on 04/02
From Bollywood to the European Parliament
A Polish European Parliamentary candidate was involved in politics for a time in 2010, but then turned to more "spiritual activities", went to India and started to work in the dance and film industry there. Now she is having a second shot at the EP. "I think that the balance between soul, mind and body that can be achieved in meditation will also help me to perform my function well - she said.
Read on TVN24 on 04/02
Saint Big Brother
A priest from a small town in the south of Poland decided to install CCTV cameras in his church, theoretically to fight vandalism. However, the people are afraid that it is in order to record their prayers and confessions, and are protesting against it.
Read on Fakt on 03/02
Eiffel Tower Noses
In a competitive job market like China's, people want to get a leg up any way they can. For many women, this means acquiring an 'Eiffel Tower' nose through cosmetic surgery. Paris is a popular tourist destination for the Chinese and a nose that ressembles the city's famous monument can apparently help in the world of buisness.
Read on La Tribune, on 03/02