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BritNews RoundUp: Bad Habits Edition

Getting drunk I understand. Going to a foreign country I understand. Even dressing in women's clothing I understand. But going to a foreign country, dressing in women's clothing and then getting drunk I don't understand. And yet it's a time-honored English tradition.

The latest participants were 17 Brits who play on a soccer team in Bristol and who ran afoul of Greek authorities after parading around Crete dressed as "naughty nuns." The men were arrested for causing offense to the Catholic church. How about just causing offense to our stomachs?

While British men console themselves with their cross-dressing, jet-setting alcoholism, British women take comfort in tanning bed addiction. The downside of using a "sunbed" three times a week for seven years is evident in the tragedy that befell a 22-year-old mother of two from Cheshire: "Using a sunbed has left me with permanent 'panda eyes'" reads the headline in the Daily Mail. Silly girl. Now be quiet and eat your bamboo.

File this under dubious research, but it is interesting nonetheless: Professors in England have found a correlation between the number of daughters a man has and his political views. Basically, the more daughters, the more liberal you are.

Professor Andrew Oswald from Warwick University told the Telegraph that having daughters made men "gradually shift their political stance and become more sympathetic to the 'female' desire for a ... larger amount for the public good. They become more Left-wing. Similarly, a mother with sons becomes sympathetic to the 'male' case for lower taxes and a smaller supply of public goods."

How, then, to explain Dick Cheney?

Plan on feeding some pigs? Wear hearing protection. British health and safety officials are warning that exposure to loud pig squeals can damage your ears. Insert joke about pork barrel politics here.

Awwwwsome animal photo of the day: A bird who built her nest in a downspout uses her body as a feathered dam to block water from washing away her chicks.

Unsettling animal story of the day: Britain's native red squirrel population is being overrun by invasive gray squirrels, of the sort we have here. The solution? Eat the invaders. "I cannot personally get enough of these grey squirrels, people are eating them," said Paul Parker, who catches the critters and supplies them to restaurants. "If I was getting 100, they would take 100 each and every day, the demand is so high. They are sold as soon as they hit the counter. They are going to top restaurants, butchers, the working man. They are a delicacy."

It's time for a bright entrepreneur from West Virginia to head over to England open a chic restaurant. Maison de Squirrel?

By John Kelly  |  May 29, 2009; 9:20 AM ET
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Cue the naughty nuns (with excuses to "The Sound of Music's" "How do you handle a problem like Maria?")

"How to explain a Dark Lord like Dick Cheney, how to describe the bunker where he lived?"

Posted by: mfromalexva | May 29, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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