Thursday 5 December 2019

In brief: Blow for coffee fans

THE amount of caffeine typically found in two cups of coffee could cause male incontinence.

New research suggests men who drink the most caffeine are more likely to suffer than those who drank the least. Published in 'The Journal of Urology', it suggests caffeine may irritate the bladder and cause the problem.

Get Fakebook profile

WANT to make your ex-girlfriend jealous? A Brazilian website has the answer: fake girlfriends. says that for 40 reals (€15) it will create a fake girlfriend and post her profile on Facebook for seven days. The website says it has "a lot" of male clients who use its services to annoy former girlfriends.

Have a smashing time

TWO Serbian teenagers have found a smashing way to make money and help people let off steam – by creating a Rage Room.

Founder Nikola Pausic (18) says roughly one person a day comes to the room in Novi Sad and pays €5 to smash up a chair, a table, a bed, a coat-rack and a bookshelf along with items such as framed photos. They must wear a helmet, protective glasses and gloves. Afterwards, they get to unwind to relaxing music.

Child (7) had handgun

A HANDGUN was found in the backpack of a seven-year-old student at a public elementary school in Queens, New York City officials said, leading to a tense few hours as the school was placed on lockdown while police made sure that there was no danger.

The police declined to say why the child, a second-grader, was carrying a .22-calibre handgun or how it had been discovered.

Anyone lost a bomb?

A man triggered a security scare in Cyprus when he walked into a police station carrying a bomb he found in his driveway.

Police said the 33-year-old man discovered a suspicious device on the back window of his car and decided to take it to a police station in the capital, Nicosia.

Al's old pals act

'Scarface' team Brian De Palma and Al Pacino will reunite on a biopic. De Palma, who directed Pacino in the 1983 gangster film, has signed up to work with the star on a movie about the late former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.

The film, whose working title is 'Happy Valley', will depict how Paterno's legacy at the school was tarnished by the revelation of his knowledge of defensive co-ordinator Jerry Sandusky's abuse of children.

Irish Independent

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