STRANGE BUT TRUE; ...bizarre stories from around the world; Swedes' smock battle.
SWEDISH military chiefs have bowed to pressure and introduced a revamped uniform for pregnant officers to hide their bumps.
The "mother uniform", pictured left, has been tailored to coincide with plans to introduce conscription conscription, compulsory enrollment of personnel for service in the armed forces. Obligatory service in the armed forces has existed since ancient times in many cultures, including the samurai in Japan, warriors in the Aztec Empire, citizen militiamen in ancient for women and to cope with the increasing numbers of existing professional officers in the forces who are expecting babies. The head of the armed forces protocol department, Hans Norlen, predicted that as many as two per cent of Sweden's 352 female military officers would wear the navy blue smocks.
He stressed that the new uniform is not designed to be used in combat situations.
CIGS CIGS Ceilings (general aviation weather)
CIGS Copper Indium Gallium Selenide
CIGS Chief of the Imperial General Staff (WWII British)
CIGS Centro de Instrução de Guerra na Selva ADDICTS ARE BRIBED BY ASH CASH
WORRIED health chiefs in Mexico have offered the country's 14 million smokers a cash bribe to quit the noxious weed Noxious weeds are plant species that have been designated by state or national agricultural authorities as plants that are injurious to agricultural and/or horticultural crops and/or humans and livestock. .
They have put up a first prize of 100,000 pesos - around pounds 11,000 - to one cigarette addict who can stay tobacco- free for a month.
The move is the latest desperate measure to cut the country's horrific cigarette- related death toll.
To qualify for the prize, entrants must be 18 or over, have smoked daily for at least a year and must give up from May 2 to May 29.
A health ministry spokesman refused to reveal exactly how the winner would be chosen or how the competition would be regulated, but added: "The most important benefit is to eliminate this addiction from your life."
There were 44,625 deaths from tobacco-related illnesses in Mexico in 1998.
Of the country's 98 million population, 14 million smoke and around 18 million are believed to suffer the effects of passive smoking.
But the move has been dismissed as a vote-winning stunt by opposition leaders. One said: "How can anybody prove they quit smoking for a month?"
FOR 20 months a newly-wed Egyptian couple enjoyed a healthy and normal sex life.
They kissed and shared tender moments of passion in their neat home in the southern province of Qena.
But their idyllic lifestyle was shattered when the stunned husband discovered his pretty wife had only one breast.
He immediately went to court to have the marriage annulled on the grounds his wife had misled him.
But the court dismissed his claim, ruling that they could still perform their conjugal rights conjugal rights n. a spouse's so-called "rights" to the comforts and companionship from his/her mate, meaning sexual relations. Some states allow prisoners to have "conjugal visits" so that they may have private visits and sexual relations with his/her spouse (or .
The woman kept her secret because couples in conservative rural Egypt do not take off all their clothes when making love.
A KUWAITI businessman who travelled to Dubai to buy two cut-price luxury Rolls-Royce cars was gutted when he arrived to find they had all been sold.
His disappointment turned to joy when he returned home and found he had won a pounds 160,000 Roller in a raffle.
Hiss just won't do
FRENCH police arrested a man after he tried to smuggle smug·gle
v. smug·gled, smug·gling, smug·gles
1. To import or export without paying lawful customs charges or duties.
2. To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth. a 16-inch snake through customs - in his underpants.
The 30-year-old was caught when a sniffer dog sniffer dog
one trained to detect the presence of specified materials, usually drugs or explosives, by smell. The dogs can be of any breed. at Roissy Airport latched on to the reptile's scent through his bulging trousers, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a spokeswoman.
He told customs officials that he wanted to add the rare boa to his reptile collection.
It is illegal in France to export endangered species endangered species, any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S. . The snake was confiscated con·fis·cate
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.
2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.
Smell of a job
FRENCH "odour police" are pounding the streets of the coastal town Marseille in a bid to crackdown on smell pollution.
Teams of officers are patrolling the city centre and harbour after hundreds of fed-up locals complained the rancid ran·cid
Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats.
having a musty, rank taste or smell; applied to fats that have undergone decomposition, with the liberation of fatty acids. reeks were making their lives a misery.
However, one sceptical resident said: "Establishing that it stinks is all very well, but putting remedies in place would be even better."
Porn to be wild
INVESTMENT brokers in Holland were stunned when a video on pension investments for truckers turned out to be a hard-core skin flick skin flick
A pornographic film.
Slang a pornographic film
Noun 1. .
The mix-up happened because the video was copied by a firm which also produces raunchy raun·chy
adj. raun·chi·er, raun·chi·est Slang
a. Obscene, lewd, or vulgar: "[He] videos for the Dutch porn market.
Red-faced bosses at insurance firm Nationale Nederlanden - whose motto is "No matter what happens" - pleaded innocence.
Cops pay for crime
POLICE in Cleveland, Ohio, were furious when they paid out pounds 2,000 to a man for wrongful arrest, then discovered he used the compensation to set himself up as a drug dealer.