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  • 1. It’s official, money can buy happinessPTI Jan 17, 2012, 05.31AM ISTThe Times of IndiaLONDON: Yes, money can buy you happiness, says a study, finally putting an end to the age-old debate.This is because cash is the most important factor in making people feel content, according to the study by adozen academics from around the world. In fact, the researchers have based their conclusion on an analysisof an array of data from 126 countries across the world, the British media reported.The findings by the Institute of Economic Affairs have shown that happiness levels correlate with the amountof wealth a person accumulates . And, it does not level off when the assets reach a certain threshold , say theresearchers.The finding contradicts the widely held belief that above a certain income level, people do not become anyhappier.The study argues a 20% rise in income has the same impact on wellbeing irrespective of how much wealththe person has initially. "No country is rich enough to have hit a satiation point, if such a point exists. Thesefindings are robust and use an extremely rich set of data. Richer individuals are happier with their lives," thestudy says. This holds true for more or less all the countries in which "the relationship between income andsatisfaction is similar".
  • 2. View a haunting photo of the Costa Concordia shipwreck from space1-17-2012New satellite photograph helps put the disaster in perspectiveWhile the rest of the world ponders how the massive Costa Concordia cruise ship could have been steered into shallow, rockywater by a seemingly experienced captain, the vessel itself remains lodged just off shore near the Italian island of Giglio. Andwhile there has been no shortage of photos of the ship snapped from land, the satellite gurus at DigitalGlobe decided to see whatthe wreck looks like from the reaches of space.The photo above was snapped with one of the companys two WorldView satellites — both of which offer amazing close-up shotsof our planet. The amazing image shows the Concordia lying listlessly on its side like a beached whale, with smaller ships dottingthe perimeter.
  • 3. US is biggest wine consumer, China joins top fiveby AFP|13 January 2012Bordeaux, France - US consumers were the worlds top wine drinkers in 2011, while China displacedBritain to become the fifth largest wine consumer, according to new research released on Thursday.US consumers downed the equivalent of 3.7 billion bottles of wine, while China including HongKong drank 1.9 billion bottles, according to data released by trade show Vinexpo and InternationalWine and Spirit Research (IWSR).Old World wine drinkers in Italy, France and Germany clung to second, third and fourth placesrespectively but the New World and the Far East caught the limelight, showed the study of 114consumer markets and 28 producer countries."China is fascinating certainly," said Robert Beynat, CEO of Vinexpo, whose upcoming show in HongKong is sold out. "But dont forget about America. America is and will remain the main market inthe world in terms of value and volume."
  • 4. Should Marijuana Be Sold At Virginia ABC Stores?January 19, 2012ARL NowFeel like picking up a little pot with your booze purchase? Delegate David Englin (D) has introduceda bill to examine if that should become a possibility.As first reported by the Sun Gazette, Del. Englin has called for a study to analyze whether Virginia ABCstores should sell marijuana. Englin wants a report on the potential revenue the state could gain by such sales.He points out that the sale and use of distilled spirits, at one time considered controversial substances, has been kept in check by theVirginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.Part of the legislation reads: “As society changes, products that were deemed illegal at one time are made legal and even sold by storesthat are operated by government agencies in the attempt to control the sale of the products.”The sales of distilled spirits have generated millions of dollars that go toward Virginia’s government programs. Englin says the samemight be possible with the sale of marijuana. He adds that other states are also looking into the controlled sale of the drug.If approved, the subcommittee devised to perform the study would meet up to six times before November 30, and could not spendmore than $15,040 on the study, without special approval for additional funding. Findings would be submitted by the first day of the2013 Regular Session of the General Assembly.Englin has also proposed a resolution to request that Virginia’s governor petition the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassifymarijuana as a Schedule II narcotic, the same as prescription pain medications like oxycodone. Currenty, pot is classified as a Schedule Inarcotic, on the same level as heroin and LSD. Englin’s resolution notes that the governors of Rhode Island and Washington state havefiled similar petitions with the DEA in recent months.
  • 5. World’s Newest Snake?01/17/12–“The world’s newest snake has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns. And it’s named after a seven-year-old girl. Matilda’s Horned Viper was discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania about two years ago and was introduced last month as theworld’s newest known snake species in an issue of the journal Zootaxa. Tim Davenport, the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society inTanzania, was on the three-person team that discovered the viper. So it is thanks to his daughter that the snake will always carry the slightly-less-than-fearsome name.” w/ photos
  • 6. Iran Agrees to Return the U.S. Stealth Drone in Toy FormJan. 17, 2012The Atlantic WireIranians wont return the advanced RQ-170 Sentinel drone downed in their country late last year but they will give the White House a toy replica.On Tuesday, Iranian Radio Payam reported that a local company is manufacturing a toy version of the stealth drone one eightieth of its size that will beshipped to the White House. News of the toy brinkmanship was first reported outside Iran by Reuters Mitrak Amiri, who happened to be reporting ona ban on Barbie dolls by the states morality police (childrens toys are a hot topic in Iran right now). The report says the miniature drone will be sold ina "variety of colours." According to Trend, a news site in neighboring Azerbaijan, the toy will be 30x14 cm bearing the inscription "We will trample theU.S." While the Associated Press merely notes that a company is behind the toys rollout, Trend cites an Iranian radio report attributing its productionto a "group of Iranian youths."
  • 7. Modern Bobsled01/13/12--“Charge down the slope in the bobsled, skilfully dodging patches of ice and bumps. The low, sturdy steering wheel with itsintegrated shock absorber reacts quickly and nimbly. It’s even easy to steer the bobsled around tight corners. If you want to slowdown, simply press the foot brake. The steering mechanism automatically engages when you step off the sled, preventing it fromsliding away.” w/ photos
  • 8. Beyoncé in white skin row again: Controversial photo shows singer looking several shades lighter than her usual tone16th January 2012MailOnlineShe faced controversy back in 2008 when her skin appeared shades lighter in an advertisement. But it appears Beyoncé - or her producers- have not learned their lesson.A promotional picture has emerged of the pop princess looking much paler than her usual colour. The new photo, taken before the 30-year-oldfell pregnant with her newborn daughter, are being used tore-advertise her fourth album, 4, which was released last year.In the seductive pose, Beyoncé dons a blonde wig and lies on a leopard-print couch, wearing a skimpy black crochet monokini.
  • 9. That is one MEGA mansion! Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchens $20million dream home is finally finished20th January 2012Work has been going on to finish their dream home for the past 20 months.And now it seems Gisele Bundchen and Tom Bradys $20million mansion is finally finished, as photographsemerged showing the incredible property following completion.It is believed that Gisele, 31, and Tom, 34, have now moved in to the mansion along with their two-year-old sonBenjamin.
  • 10. The G-string wedding dress that will make the wholecongregation blush, never mind the bride!19th January 2012Disapproving noises are often made in certain circlesabout church brides whose strapless dresses revealtoo much.But modern day Mary Whitehouses concerned aboutthe occasional flash of cleavage will likely have acoronary when they see the latest bridal get-ups onoffer.The revealing wedding outfit - one can hardly call it adress - was shown by fashion brand Kaviar Gauche atBerlin fashion week yesterday.And judging by its risqué nature, this is one weddingoutfit bound for a beach ceremony - or more likely,confined to the privacy of the wedding night.The mind-boggling garment looks to be made up of afew diminutive sections of fabric joined together witha central strip. The ensemble slips over a barely-therethong bikini brief, and the whole outfit is shrouded in adiaphanous veil.The German designers behind the dress, AlexandraFischer-Röhler and Johanna Kühl, have been putting onheadline-grabbing shows since founding label KaviarGauche in 2003, making waves in previous seasons forsimilar stunts.
  • 11. Scientists cant find G-spot after 60 years (join the club, chaps)Ultrasounds and tissue samples have failed to prove existence of erogenous zone19th January 2012MailOnlineIts a sexual quest that has frustrated many couples for decades - and now scientists say there may be no such thing as a G-spot after all.First described in western medicine by Dr Grafenberg in 1950, the bean-shaped area of the vaginal wall is supposed to guarantee a female orgasmas soon as it is stimulated.Earlier Indian texts such as the Kama Shastra seem to support this claim, describing a sensitive area in the vagina that induces great pleasure.Missed the spot? The fabled G-spot may not actually exist, according to the latest reviewUnfortunately, a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, has cast doubt on whether this fabled erogenous zone exists at all.Researchers, led by Dr Amichai Kilchevsky, from the Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, studied nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles publishedon the subject published during the past six decades. These included clinical trials, case reports and reviews.They found that none could conclusively prove that the mythic G-spot zone exists and that the strongest evidence remains anecdotal.
  • 12. Mugshots Friday: Why is This Man Covered In Powder?Fri., Jan. 13 2012 at 8:00 AMTravis Williams (click photo to enlarge) was arrested on Wednesday for disorderly conduct/breach of the peace,which does not address the question as to why hes covered in a white powder. (If the charge was traffickingexactly one skin-load of cocaine, thatd be another matter.) We got the arrest affidavit (below) from the MiamiPolice Department and it provided tantalizingly... little.Williams was apparently at the Bayside Marketplace around noon, screaming at and trying to hit patrons, whencops rolled up. He allegedly got into a fighting stance and said: "Fuck you, motherfucker!"The police officer who filled out the report clearly is the unflappable type. Lets see, African-American ethnicity,5-foot-9, 164 pounds, brown eyes, bald... and heres the best part: Under "scars, tattoos, and unique physicalfeatures", the officer wrote "None visible."What about, say, the fact that the guy looks like he just fell into Tony Montanas cocaine hot tub?
  • 13. Man gets 10 years for spitting on officerJan 16, 2012The Associated PressCowpens, SC -- A Cowpens man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting he spit on an officer who was trying to arrest him.Prosecutors said 33-year-old Bobby Mathis was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to transferring bodily fluids and resisting arrest.Investigators said police responded to Mathis home after a disturbance was reported in November. When an officer arrived, police sayMathis came out of the home screaming and spit on the officer who tried to arrest him. The officer had to use pepper spray to arrest Mathis.Prosecutors say the officer was not hurt during the scuffle. Prosecutors say Mathis has convictions that date back to 1997 including inhalinghydrocarbons, grand larceny and public disorderly conduct. *……………may explain the silver paint on his face!!!*
  • 14. Man awarded $7.5m for motorcycle crash that shortened his penis by an inch and a halfBy Daily Mail Reporter15th January 2012A former sailor has been awarded over $7.5 million in damages over a car crash in Californiathat shortened his penis by an inch and a half.Newlywed Matthew Wall suffered crush injuries and nerve damage to his manhood after a 2007 accident in San Diego.The 27-year-old underwent reconstructive surgery that left his penis an inch and half shorter than before the accident.A jury in El Cajon, California, awarded him $7,553,000 in damages as compensation for pain, suffering, medical bills and loss of income.Mr Wall was riding his motorcycle to work at the US Navy submarine base in San Diego when he was struck by a shuttle bus from a nearby car showroom.The jury heard that the van turned left in front of Mr Wall who was unable to avoid the collision.He was thrown off his motorcycle and suffered a fracture of his pubic ramus bone and a crushing injury to his penis and damage to the nerve and arteries of thepenis.Mr Walls lawyer Nicholas Rowley said the van’s driver, Pedro Flores Miramontes, was a non-U.S. citizen who had an expired driver’s license and had never beentrained as a shuttle driver.Mr Wall is no longer in the Navy and lives in South Carolina, said Mr Rowley.He had recently married at the time of the crash but the couple has since divorced.Mr Rowley said it was uncertain if Mr Wall would be able to have children because of the injury.It’s going to affect his relationships and his self-esteem in the future, Mr Rowley told the San Diego Union Tribune.A spokesman with the defending automotive group says they plan to appeal the verdict.
  • 15. Man Hides Gun In Rectum: Michael Leon Ward Smuggled 10-Inch Weapon, Cops Say1/17/12 12:12 PM ETHUFF POSTThere are some places you should definitely not hide a gun.Police in North Carolina believe that despite multiple searches after a traffic violation , a suspect managed tosneak a 10-inch gun into a prison last Monday by concealing the weapon in his rectum.One day later, officers confiscated the .38 revolver from the jail cell of Michael Leon Ward, arrested Jan. 9, astatement from the Onslow County Sheriffs Office explains. Theyd performed a strip search on Ward and evenrequired that he "squat and cough" to see if he held any contraband, but nothing turned up, according to MSNBC.He was initially arrested because police allegedly found drugs and related paraphernalia during the traffic stop.Jailhouse guards discovered the handgun in the toilet after other inmates reported Ward.
  • 16. Woman with two vaginas celebrates her quirky condition and visits fetish clubs 12/01/2012trinitymirror.grapeshot.co.uk/A 27-year-old woman whose rare medical condition means she has two vaginas has revealed that she so relaxed with her body that she visits fetish clubs with herhusband, according to reports.Hazel Jones had to lose her virginity twice and also has to have two smear tests due to her "one in a million" uterus didelphys condition – but does not permit it ‘tomake her shy’.“My quirky condition does not make me shy or hold me back.“In fact, it’s something I celebrate,” she reportedly told The Sun.The condition means a woman has two separate uteruses, two vaginas and two cervixes. It happens when a septum which usually breaks down between two tubesthat form the uterus does not break down, leaving two uteruses.“If you are not aware that you have got this it can be really uncomfortable, I thought I was having cystitis, I thought I was having urine infections from a young age,when I wasnt. I was actually tearing the middle septum,” she told ITV1’s This Morning hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby yesterday.