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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Fidget and live longer

Fidgeting can off-set the unhealthy effects of sitting for long periods and may even help you live longer, research has shown.

Scientists who analysed data on more than 12,700 women found that too much time spent sitting still increased the risk of dying. But the association did not apply to participants who rated themselves as "moderately or very" fidgety.

Monkey business

A MACAQUE monkey who famously took selfies should be declared the copyright owner of the photos, rather than the nature photographer who positioned the camera, according to animal rights activists.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is seeking a court order to allow all proceeds from the photos to go towards the benefit of the monkey and other crested macaques on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The photos were taken during 2011 by British photographer David Slater.

Chocolate bombed

A VERMONT chocolate factory worker called in a bomb threat because he hated his job and wanted to get fired. Police say 22-year-old Kristofer Pregent stole a co-worker's phone and made the false threat under a different worker's name at the Barry Callebaut chocolate factory in St Albans.

Police say Pregent then threw the phone in a toilet. He told officers he was unhappy with his job and wanted to be sacked.

Strip-search furore

Jail workers went too far in telling female lawyers to remove their underwire bras if they wanted to meet clients, a sheriff has said.

At least two lawyers say they were told they would have to remove their bras when entering the Cumberland County Jail because they set off the metal detector. The women refused to comply and left.

Instagram's surge

Photo-sharing app Instagram has seen 100 million users sign up within nine months, taking it to 400 million worldwide.

The San Francisco-based firm, which was bought by Facebook in 2012 for $1bn (€870m), said it was "thrilled" by the milestone.

Since its creation around five years ago, the social network has surged ahead of Twitter, which at the end of 2014 had 282 million users, but trails Facebook and the WhatsApp messaging service, which have around 1.49 billion and 600 million active monthly users respectively.

Irish Independent

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