Quickies of the week (20.01 - 24.01)
Two Cafébabel Quickies a day keep the doctor away.
Prisoner drought in Germany
No prisoners in our state. The German Government is closing the prisons in the regions of Celle-Salinenmoor and Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, because there are not enough prisoners. What a wonderful world. Humans on the up.
In Ukraine, the police detained a protester naked in a snow storm at -14ºC. They pushed him around and took pictures on their phones in a highly commendable display of bravery and professionalism.
The dealers next door
Flawless manners of your next-door dealer. Drug dealers in Grenoble apologised sincerely to their clients for the temporary closure of their usual selling point, and promised to re-open soon. The sign attracted the attention of local policemen, who are hoping to turn the temporary situation into a permanent one.
1984 thirty years later? Ukrainian authorities are tracking down the participants of anti-government demonstrations and sending out text messages reminding the protesters that, 'they are registered as a participant in an illegal mass riot.' The main mobile phone networks in Ukraine categorically renounced their part in this action.
PARKING IN THE LIVING ROOM
A grandfather drove his jeep into the living room of his daughters' neighbours because they kept making noise and terrorising her. A reported £14,000 worth of damage was caused to the house which now has a gaping hole in it. He hoped the horrible family would move out if the house was structurally unstable.
Armed and ready
Armed forces need a booster? You can use Viagra against low blood pressure, report the British Armed forces. Evidently. Viagra worth almost £6000 has been stolen by their staff since 2007.
Haribo withdraws racist black sweet in Denmark and Sweden
Haribo has withdrawn the black sweets from its 'Skipper Mix' in Sweden and Denmark due to charges of racism. The black sweets are representations of primitive African art- small face masks- which a sailor could have brought home from an exotic voyage.
Read on midilibre.fr 19/01/2014
Four companies control half the world's beer supply
Despite the apparently infinite range of beers on offer, four firms actually control half of the world's beer market. With 800 brands between them, the leading firms are AB InBev, SABMiller, Heineken and Carlsberg.
Read on lemonde.fr 21/01/2014
Mental Health Time Bomb
British teenagers are some of the unhappiest in the world. Research, published today shows that online porn, bullying, pressure to look thin, fear of failure and depression are the main causes of unhappiness. Researchers say this a 'mental health time bomb'.
Read on dailymail.co.uk 20/01/2014
Stress, nicotine and amphetamines: three which which make it more likely that your baby is gay or bisexual. The revelation comes from the studies of the bioneurologist, Dr. Dick Swabb, based in Amsterdam.
Read on news.com 20/01/2014
Translated from Quickies della settimana (20.01 - 24.01)