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In Print: Titanic Near-Misses, Buried Alive #Fail and Marilyn Monroe’s Ovaries

March 7, 2012

What I’ve been reading lately

 – 7 people who missed the Titanic, including America’s favorite chocolatier.

– Is prostitution really the world’s oldest religion? Semi-related flowchart: are you a slut? (cc: Rush Limbaugh)

– The fabulous lives of Washington drag queens — and a great slideshow.

Justification for buying two- three-buck Chuck.

– “As many as 45 per cent of children aged between five and 13 can’t tie their shoe laces – but 67 per cent can work a DVD player, according to a poll.”

– In other British science news, the key to a perfect night’s sleep: “going to bed at exactly 10pm, wearing pyjamas and enjoying a cup of tea beforehand.” Need more specific advice?

HOW TO ACHIEVE A PERFECT NIGHT’S SLEEP:

* Watch 1 hour and 46 minutes of television, preferably a soap opera or comedy quiz show

* Spend 41 minutes talking to someone (partner, on the phone to mother etc)

* Browse the internet for 51 minutes

* Have at least 2 hours and 7 minutes rest after cooking, washing up and doing the chores

* Last food before bedtime – usually an evening meal – should be eaten at 8:29pm

* Last drink before bedtime – usually a cup of tea – should be consumed at 9:10pm

* Go to bed at exactly 10pm

* Spend 20 minutes in bed reading

* Finally fall asleep at 10:26pm

* Sleep in pyjamas or a nightdress

* Lie on the right side of the body

* Sleep on the right side of the bed

* Sleep with partner cuddled into their back

* Wake at 6:47am to the sound of the alarm clock

– “I was a warehouse wage slave.” We hear a lot about working conditions overseas, but what about right here in the U.S.?

– If you die while attempting to break a record for longest time buried alive, I guess you’ve failed.

– A letter from Marilyn Monroe to her surgeon, taped to her stomach before appendix removal: “No ovaries removed.”

– HuffPost launched a new year-long series about middle class and poor Americans. Spotlight this week on the 18.6% of Americans who said they couldn’t always afford to feed everyone in their family last year.

What have you read recently?

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