- A "glamorous" 70-year-old woman went into her doctor's office complaining of an eye infection. It turns out that she didn't have "dry eye" - a swab of in infected area showed she had chlamydia. In her eye.
This story is part of a bigger piece at the Daily Mail about the risks of having sex in your twilight years. Apparently, sex after the age of 40 is a perilous undertaking. Dr Arun Ghosh claims that baby boomers are especially susceptible to STDs because of their ignorance and their sang-froid attitude about the whole thing.
- The Bouquet Bandit (or the "gentleman robber," as the New York Daily News calls him) spoke to reporters from prison, explaining his choice to hand flowers to the tellers at every bank he robbed. "The flowers show I'm polite," he said. "I'm a good person." Ironically, they're also what got him caught; police found fingerprints on the leaves, which ultimately lead to the thief's arrest.
- A senior Saudi cleric has issued a fatwa that says women living in countries that ban the full face veil are allowed to wear just a headscarf instead. "It is illogical and unreasonable that the French government undertakes such a thing," said Sheikh Ayedh al-Garni. However, he added that when certain regions make it difficult for a woman to wear her scarf, then "it is better that the Muslim woman uncovers her face."
- Some health experts are warning that Kombucha might be bad for certain drinkers. There is a small risk of side effects that include rashes, vomiting, and jaundice. Others believe that the tea could become toxic if it is stored in ceramic containers.
- A four-year-old UK boy was found dead inside a tumble dryer on Monday, police report. Sonny Gibson was stuck in the machine for over an hour as police and family searched the house. He reportedly climbed into the dryer during a game of hide and seek.
- Researchers have found that the further your mind wanders - in either the past or to distant lands - the harder it is to remember events that occurred before the mental drift. Daydreaming about nearby places has a lesser effect on memory than reflecting on voyages abroad, claim psychologists from the University of North Carolina.
- Thanks to a government initiative, IVF will soon become more readily available for couples in Scotland. The health board has set aside £300,000 this year for funding IVF treatments and reduce waiting time. Doctors also plan on encouraging women to give up certain habits, including smoking, that can make the process less effective.
- Teenagers who are exposed to early evening sunlight are more likely to become night owls, say researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center. In spring, later sunset and delayed sunlight exposure can delay the onset of nocturnal melatonin, the hormone that puts our bodies to sleep. Too much light can make it difficult for teens to get to bed, the professors claim.
- A New Jersey Supreme Court has rejected a case that could have lead to legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. The case, which was filed in march, represented six gay and lesbian couples who wanted the court to intervene after "the state's 2006 civil union law had failed to grant them the full rights and benefits of heterosexual married couples."
- A priest has been accused of drowning a six-week-old child during the baptism ceremony. Witnesses say Father Valentin didn't put his hand over the baby's mouth before immersing him in the water to stop it from flowing into the infant's open mouth.
- African ancestry has been linked to a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, known as "triple-negative" breast cancer. After looking at both Ghanaian and African-American women with breast cancer, doctors found that 82% of the African women had triple-negative cancer compared to 26% of Black American women.