1) Fewer Lankans practice birth control (via Daily News)
"Fewer Sri Lankan males and females practise birth control raising the possibility of a population boom in the near future, the Health Care and Nutrition Ministry Family Planing Unit said. There is a significant drop among males and females who have practised family planning methods during the past six years, a Ministry spokesman said."
Why oh why do people breed, especially when they know they can't afford it? The result is highlighted in another news article which claims nearly 750-1000 illegal abortions are performed in Sri Lanka every day.
2) Kids with high IQs grow up to be vegetarians (via Yahoo)
"British researchers have found that children's IQ predicts their likelihood of becoming vegetarians as young adults -- lowering their risk for cardiovascular disease in the process. The finding could explain the link between smarts and better health, the investigators say."
Could be true in a way - cutting out red meat completely is a healthy option and would be voluntarily made by a person who is aware of the risks it poses to one's health. However, the decision to become a vegetarian (in my definition, that's a person who avoids meat, poultry and seafood) primarily is a personal one, regardless of IQ.
3) Happy people are less likely to catch colds (via Science News Online )
"The new study, which appears in the November/December Psychosomatic Medicine, replicates those results and rules out the possibility that psychological traits related to a positive emotional style, rather than the emotions themselves, guard against cold symptoms. Those traits include high self-esteem, extroversion, optimism, and a feeling of mastery over one's life."
Quite true, based on my life so far ;-)
4) Indian men have small penises (via Yahoo)
"The Indian Council of Medical Research, the country's top health research institute, found 60 percent of men in Mumbai had penises at least 2.4 centimeters (one inch) shorter than international condom sizes, The Times of India newspaper said Friday."
I bet the product development chaps at Durex are working on this right now....