Study Finds Male Monkeys 'Pay' Females for Sex
Mating may be a natural instinct, but monkey business doesn't come free for male macaques that have to "pay" females for their affections, the AFP reported Wednesday.
According to the report, a study of the primates found that the male monkeys must first groom the female before she will permit sex. The males use grooming as a form of currency to buy sex from the female, the study found.
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Left to her own desires, a female macaque mates about 1.5 times an hour, but that rate jumps to 3.5 times an hour when the male partner first provided grooming services, the study found.
Pair Claims Buffet Restaurant Banned Them for Hearty Eating
A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet line and then banned him and a relative because they're hearty eaters. A spokesman for the restaurant denies the claim.
Ricky Labit, a disabled offshore worker, said he had been a regular for eight months at the Manchuria Restaurant in Houma, eating there as often as three times a week.
On his most recent visit, he said, a waitress gave him and his wife's cousin, 44-year-old Michael Borrelli, a bill for $46.40, roughly double the buffet price for two adults.
"She says, 'Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much,'" Labit said.
Labit and Borrelli said they felt discriminated against because of their size. "I was stunned, that somebody would say something like that. I ain't that fat, I only weigh 277," Borrelli said, adding that a waitress told him he looked like he had a "baby in the belly."
Houma accountant Thomas Campo said the men were charged an extra $10 each on Dec. 21 because they made a habit of dining exclusively on the more expensive seafood dishes, including crab legs and frog legs.
Teens Buried Speed Camera
Two Austrian teenagers have been fined $75,000 for hacking down and burying a roadside speed camera.
Peter Hochstacher and Thomas Moebel, both 19, were snapped by the camera speeding in the town of Lustenau in Austria.
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Suspect's Kiss-And-Escape Plot Foiled By Slip-Up
A burglary suspect planned to escape using a handcuff key his girlfriend would pass him during either a hug or a kiss in court, but he forgot one crucial factor, authorities say.
The problem, they said, was that James Miller allegedly discussed the plot with Theresa Fougere during phone calls from jail, which are monitored by the Norfolk County sheriff's department.
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