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PHANTOM PREGNANCY

One in five women has been asked if they were pregnant when they were just overweight, a survey has revealed. And many admit the embarrassment then inspired them to go on a diet.

Kim Dewar, 31, from Edinburgh, lost three stone in four months after twice being asked if she was expecting.

Ms Dewar, who now weighs 11 stone, said: “It was the final straw”.

WAR GRAVE TECHNOLOGY

Special panels have been installed at First World War memorials enabling the public to use their smartphones to learn about the history of the service personnel who lost their lives.

More than 100 information panels are being put up by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at memorials across the UK as part of a campaign to provide more information to the public as the 100th anniversary of the First World War approaches.

The Duke of Kent unveiled panels at Portsmouth Naval Memorial and Southampton’s Hollybrook Cemetery. Each panel carries information about the site of the cemetery or memorial and also includes a Quick Response (QR) code.

LIBRARY LOANS BOOST

Erotic fiction is being credited with a boom in e-book loans from a local authority’s libraries.

Surrey County Council has experienced a rise in loans from 16,231 in 2011 to 19,847 in 2012, with this January seeing the busiest month in the authority’s e-book history with 2,469 loans.

The most popular e-book in 2012 was romance novel At The Argentinean Billionaire’s Bidding by India Grey, followed by Bedded By The Greek Billionaire by Kate Walker in second, and Beauty And The Billionaire by Barbara Dunlop in third.

LIFE IMITATES ART

Visitors to a museum in Austria left more than their jackets in the venue’s cloakroom - they handed over everything except their socks and shoes.

The occasion at the city’s Leopold Museum was a special after-hours showing of Nude Men From 1800 To Today - an exhibit of 300 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures focused on the bare male.

For many, the evening was a goosebump-raising instance of life imitating art. Office worker Herbert Korvas said “I can’t say I’m sweating” as he stood in the atrium with other men wearing no more than socks and a smile and waiting for the tour to start.

PIZZA OFFER

A US pizza shop owner has expressed his support for firearm rights by giving gun owners a 15% discount.

The discount is offered to anyone who brings a gun or concealed handgun permit to All Around Pizzas And Deli in Virginia Beach. Owner Jay Laze said he had planned to offer the discount for a limited time, but the response had been so overwhelming he might make it permanent.

Since the discount began last Friday, Mr Laze said 80% of his customers have brought guns into the pizza shop, with one bringing an AK-47.

BOAR WAR

Two hundred Belgians on a boar hunt were left frustrated when they managed to kill just one of the 170 animals they were hunting.

The northern town of Postel had organised the hunt because a huge increase in the boar population had seen damage caused to farm fields and woods and led to rural traffic problems.

In a co-ordinated swoop, the hunters sought to drive the boars together so that marksmen in high positions could shoot them, but the plan did not work. Hunter Jef Schrijvers said: “The boars won. The hunters lost.”

 

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