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It's somehow reassuring when age-old cliches are reaffirmed. Mike Myers based a whole character on the notion that the English have bad teeth. Now comes news that an increasing number of children in Britain are getting admitted to (the) hospital to have rotten teeth removed. It's actually no laughing matter, since the youngsters --m any as young as 5 -- usually have to be put under to have the teeth yanked.

From one end of the body to the other: A British soccer player was reprimanded for "breaking wind" as an opponent was taking a penalty kick. Reports the BBC: "The Chorlton Villa player got a yellow card for the noise which was classed as 'unsporting behaviour.'" I should say so. After all, it's not called "fartball."

Have you seen the glamor photos of the horses tarted up with hair extensions? They're great, if slightly creepy. I'm sure that last one looks like a girl I went to high school with.

You'll never know what kids will pick up at school. Students as young as 11 entered their classroom in Bradford-on-Avon to discover the teacher had written swear words on the blackboard. They were asked to shout them out loud. School officials, responding to criticism from parents, said "the lesson was part of a sex and relationship education programme designed to 'dispel' the myths of swear words."

My experience in England suggests the little #@$&*s probably knew the words already.

By John Kelly  |  April 10, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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