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Maybe he should switch to stand-up comedy

A Croatian armed robber managed to escape after a shop assistant got the giggles and told him he looked like a schoolboy.

Ivana Idzan, 22, was working in a clothes shop in Zagreb when the robber ran in holding a gun and told her to hand over the takings.  She said: “He just looked so young and nervous, like a spotty schoolboy on his lunch break and it just made me laugh to think he was trying to be a tough guy with a gun robbing a store.

“He looked totally shocked when I started laughing at him and then just turned on his heels and ran.”

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Oh, oh! I’m in trouble—maybe

Men who father daughters, not sons, may be at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer, researchers have said. The Israeli team found men with three daughters and no sons were up to 60% more likely to develop prostate cancer.

But the Journal of the National Cancer Institute study suggests the cause may be the male “Y” sex chromosome, not the act of having either a son or daughter.

UK experts said a common genetic cause may affect both cancer risk and the chance a man will father girls.

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‘Graveyard tourism’



Tourist guides prefer to call it cemetery tourism. Others say it is essentially meant for ‘tomb travellers’.

But tourism authorities at the idyllic Himalayan Indian state of Himachal Pradesh are loathe to woo British tourists with such macabre sounding pitches. So they are telling them a visit to the state’s many European graveyards is an added ‘bonus’ on their itinerary.

According to official estimates, there are some 10 main ‘European’ graveyards in the state, which mainly house the remains of British people who died in India. The London-based British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia (Bacsa), however, estimates the state has a total of 42 such cemeteries. Many of them are open to the public, although new burials no longer take place there.

The cemeteries were deliberately created to be like a little part of England

Rosie Llewellyn-Jones of Bacsa says the rising interest among British tourists in travelling to graveyards of ancestors is due to “often an inbuilt love of cemeteries among the British people” and a “huge boom” in genealogy and research into one’s ancestor

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This year’s Darwin Award winner

darwin2.jpg Two students who died after climbing into a huge helium-filled balloon for the buzz of inhaling the gas have been named the winners of the 2006 Darwin Awards.

Jason Ackerman and Sara Rydman, both 21, were discovered with their feet sticking out of a deflated balloon used to advertise property in LakeView, South Florida.

The two apparently pulled the balloon out of the sky and squeezed themselves inside, where they died of oxygen starvation.

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