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A dangerous ring

The Ring: Less effective than DurexThe Ring: Less effective than DurexTalking about your shiny new ring in the context of sexual "education" is not an acceptable topic of conversation over most dinner tables. Let's hope it stays that way.

Beware drink-spiking - by the Government

Now and then you hear warnings about being careful to not like your drink get spiked by nefarious criminals, as indeed it is important to do. You don't hear so much about the crime being committed by MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service - home of the fictional James Bond et al.

However in an unprecedented, although relatively modest, payout, MI6 have had to pay compensation to "volunteers" who unknowingly were given LSD as part of some sci-fi-esque experiments done in the 1950s in the hope of learning techniques for mind control and finding a "truth drug". Nearly 50 years after one victim started attempting to investigate what had been done to them it turns out that under the guise of testing a cure for the common cold they were actually given LSD-laced water. This led to some nightmarish hallucinations in an era when the public hadn't even really heard of LSD. The experiments which it turns out subsequently had been officially described as " tentative and inadequately controlled" were stopped when they started finding it could produce suicidal tendencies. No explanation was ever given to the victims until now.

Elephant rage

You know what they say about having big feetHumans beware! The elephant population has finally had enough of the abuse that us humans see fit to unleash upon them and are getting slightly grumpy.

Apparently, despite the fact that overcrowding is down and suitable food supplies are up throughout Africa, an increasing amount of elephant aggression is occurring against us helpless humans. Why might this be? Well, the Poorhouse is no pachyderm psychologist, but last week's New Scientist reports a number of theories.

One such theory is that, understandably, after decades (or more) of seeing humans slaughter their parents for sport (or to break bits of their dead corpses up to sell to foreigners at an extortionate price) they have suffered some form of mental breakdown and become fixated on revenge.

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