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BritNews RoundUp: Holiday Weekend Edition

As you head outside on this holiday weekend don't forget to apply sunblock. If only the Scottish would remember that. According to a recent survey the Scottish have the unhealthiest tanning habits in the United Kingdom and develop skin cancer at a higher rate than Australians. Of course, it probably doesn't help that some admit to concocting their own sunblock, including slathering their skin with "chip fat." What is chip fat? It's the congealed lard that you fry french fries in. All together now: Ugh.

Speaking of ugh, thank you to reader James Ward who sent in a link to an important story about Austrian chemist Georg Steinhauser who after three years of research has discovered a type of hair that traps stray pieces of lint and draws them toward the navel. That's right, bellybutton fluff. According to the Telegraph: "Chemical analysis revealed the pieces of fluff were not made up of only cotton from clothing. Wrapped up in the lint were also flecks of dead skin, fat, sweat and dust."

Here's hoping the Nobel committee will not overlook Dr. Steinhauser.

You'd think that someone would invent a special brush to clean out the bellybutton, sort of the way a Frenchman has invented a special machine to wash dogs. No, the machine is not called a "bucket." It's called the Dog-o-Matic and you can see pictures of it in action here. Frankly, the dog doesn't look too excited at the prospect.

I confess I sometimes forget the number for 911. Sometimes, for a split second, I think it's 411. I think I prefer Britain's emergency services number: 999. Police in South Yorkshire are highlighting the misuse of that number--basically calling for non-emergency reasons. How non-emergency? How about the woman who called to report that her hamster had escaped? "Me hamster, me baby hamster," she said. "I can hear it scratching, it's still alive. Is there any chance anyone could come and help me get it out?"

Send in the police cat.

Enjoy the holiday weekend and keep an eye on your hamster.

By John Kelly  |  July 3, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
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