STILL WAITING FOR THE ANTI-UGLY PILL • SPICE UP YOUR BRAIN • HOW NOT TO OPEN A GRENADE, LESSON 1 • IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, BUY 'EM • WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU G 

STILL WAITING FOR THE ANTI-UGLY PILL

Leave it to the Germans to try and create what has been dubbed "the world's first anti-stupidity" pill by Germany's Bild newspaper. According to this report, molecular geneticists in Berlin are working on a pill that will improve brain power. So far, the scientists have been able to increase attentiveness and short-term memory retention in mice and fruit flies. (Reuters)

SPICE UP YOUR BRAIN

While you wait for the anti-stupidity pill to be perfected, you can still boost your brain power simply by eating curry. Researchers at the National University of Singapore report that tumeric, a staple ingredient in curries, seems to inhibit the development of Alzheimer's in the elderly. The team found that people who ate curry as little as once every six months performed better on cognitive tests than those who never ate curry. (New Scientist)

HOW NOT TO OPEN A GRENADE, LESSON 1

We return now to the "Kids, Don't Try This At Home" department for news from Brazil, where a man died last week while trying to open a rocket-propelled grenade with a sledge-hammer. No word on why he was trying to open it or why he thought smashing it with a hammer was a good idea. All we know is that the resulting explosion killed him, sent his co-worker to the hospital with severe burns, destroyed the workshop they were working in and set several cars on fire. (Reuters)

IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, BUY 'EM

News from America's Heartland reports that anti-abortion advocates have discovered a much more effective tactic for shutting down abortion clinics than to stage protests or try to change legislation. Instead, they simply buy clinics and shut them down. According to LifeNews.com abortion businesses have been purchased and shut down in Kansas, Florida, Tennessee and Nebraska. For example, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Pro-Life Majority Coalition bought the town's only abortion clinic and turned it into the National Memorial for the Unborn, a "memorial for all of the babies who died at the abortion center over the years."

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU GLOBAL WARMING, BREW BEER

The world's first Inuit microbrewery has created the world's first beer using water melting off the ice covering Greenland. The first 66,000 litres of Greenland Beer has hit the Danish market and the company plans to expand into Germany and beyond within six months. According to the brewery's owner, the beer tastes better since it is brewed using water that is at least 2,000 years old and free of minerals and pollutants. (BBC)

FREE DRUGS!

News out of Malaysia claims that there is a small but growing number of drug addicts, who, unable to get drugs due to that country's incredibly strict anti-drug laws, have taken to sniffing fresh cow dung in order to get high. Apparently, cow dung emits gases such as sulphur, which give you a high similar to huffing glue. Malaysia's National Narcotics Agency is considering legislation to ban the sniffing of dung, as well as glue and polystyrene smoke. "The problem is not very serious yet, but we are worried, as this method means addicts can get high for free," said an official from the agency. (AP)

TRADING PLANETS

There's an easy $50,000 up for grabs if your family is slightly bizarre. The Fox network show "Trading Spouses" is searching for a "cool" family that is into UFOs for their upcoming season. In case you haven't seen it, the show forces the mothers of two extremely different families to trade places for two weeks. For next season, the show is seeking "a fun, wacky, dynamic, outgoing family enthusiastic about UFOs." Check it out at Fox.com/tradingspouses

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

Attractive people earn between 3 percent and 5 percent more than average-looking people, while ugly people earn up to 10 percent less than average.

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