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Forget the danger of rotten teeth, a father in England thinks candy can cause moral decay. Simon Simpkins of West Yorkshire was outraged when he bought some sweeties for his children. The bags of Haribo Moaom sweet 'n' sour candies are illustrated with anthropomorphic fruit that, in Simpkins's opinion, are doing the wild thing.

"The lemon and lime are locked in what appears to be a carnal encounter," Simpkins told the Daily Mail. "The lime, whom I assume to be the gentleman in this coupling, has a particularly lurid expression on his face."

And don't even get him started on the cherries.

Pornographic? You be the judge.

Poor Scotland Yard. They basically invented the modern crime-solving force. And what do the kids want to be today? Those glamorous, rubber glove-wearing, blood spatter-studying bimbos and himbos from those "CSI" shows. In an attempt to capture some of "CSI's" buzz, Scotland Yard has launched a toy forensics kit for children ages 10 and up.

"The kit is used to solve a series of cases, set in the fictional London borough of West Chapel," writes the Telergraph. Crimes include a murder, a blackmail and an art theft.

Anna Gardiner, head of the police department's Income Generation Unit (who knew there was such a thing?), said: “We were aware that there was a keen interest amongst children in police and forensics procedure and we wanted to do something with educational value."

No word on whether one of the fictional crimes is the one I saw most frequently while I was living in England: public drunkenness and petty vandalism.

Has Google Earth found the Loch Ness Monster? Probably not, if this image is any indication.

Whoops: A "moon rock" given to the former prime minister of the Netherlands by the Apollo 11 astronauts turns out to be a piece of petrified wood. According to the BBC, NASA gave moon rocks to more than 100 countries following lunar missions in the 1970s. "U.S. officials said they had no explanation for the Dutch discovery."

Were we trying to pull a fast one? "Here, Hans, have some moon rock. (Heh, heh.)"

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By John Kelly  |  August 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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