In Brief: Long and the short of it
Published 06/03/2009 | 00:00
Volunteers who tried out a penis extension device increased the length of their manhood by almost a third, Italian researchers reported.
The study, published in the 'British Journal of Urology International', found that the device improved erectile function by up to 36pc.
Prison gang fight leaves 20 dead
A fight between gangs at a prison in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez left at least 20 inmates dead and seven others injured.
Some gunshot wounds were reported and police were investigating how a firearm entered the prison, said Victor Valencia, the Chihuahua state governor's representative.
Actors sue over watch tie-in ads
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are suing distributor Overture Films and a watch company they accuse of using their likenesses without permission.
In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan, the actors said they never authorised a commercial tie-in between Tutima watches and the film 'Righteous Kill'.
Poe sorry for 'too many juleps'
A letter written by Edgar Allan Poe apologises to his publishers for drinking too much and asks them to buy an article as he is "desperately pushed for money".
In the 1842 letter acquired by the University of Virginia for an exhibition, horror writer Poe blames his friend William Ross Wallace, a poet and lawyer, for making him drink too many "juleps".
Great-gran kicks cigarette habit
A great-grandmother who smoked more than 200,000 cigarettes in the last 70 years said she has kicked the habit.
Mervyn Fielding (84), from Derbyshire, England, who started smoking during World War II in 1939, has gone two months without a cigarette.
Flustered robber pays for goods
A would-be robber in the US abandoned his attempt to hold up a store, then paid for a soft drink before fleeing.
Shawn Lester (33) became flustered when a customer walked into the shop in West Virginia and the clerk told him to pay for the drink. He produced his credit card and signed the receipt "John Doe".