Friday, June 26, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Saudi women to sell bras for first time
Using colorful bras donated by employees at Victoria's Secret, a group of 26 mostly Saudi women completed the first course of its kind to be offered in the kingdom – how to fit, stock and sell underwear.
The training organizers hope will help boost a campaign to lift the ban on women selling underwear in the kingdom.
The graduates held a small ceremony at a college in the western seaport of Jiddah this week, capping 40 hours of instruction during which they learned to overcome their embarrassment at doing bra fittings, deal with customer complaints and display the stock in an appealing manner
"It was a beautiful experience," said Faten Abdo, a 32-year-old coordinator in the offices of a lingerie company.
"The most shocking thing for me was the bra sizes," she added. "We didn't know how to get proper measurements before."
The restrictions are ironic in a country that goes to great lengths to segregate the sexes. Men and women, for instance, who are not close relatives cannot stand in the same line at fast-food outlets or even be in the same car together. Conservative clerics have strong influence on government and society, and they ban anything they believe might lead to women's emancipation, such as driving or voting.
But those pushing for saleswomen in lingerie stores say they were tired of discussing intimate details with male staff and enduring their scrutiny when they ask for a particular cup size.
Man blares porn to chase kids away 
Police in suburban Philadelphia say a man weary of children playing in his cul-de-sac blared a pornographic soundtrack to chase them off.
Michael Buck faces a felony obscenity charge and two misdemeanors for the alleged May 31 stunt at his upscale Phoenixville home.
Irate neighbors told police they could hear the sexually explicit audio a block-and-a-half away.
The 27-year-old Buck has a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month. He does not have a listed number and his lawyer declined to comment Wednesday.
Detective Tom Goggin says Buck had filed one previous complaint about the neighborhood children. He says they clearly annoy Buck , but adds there's nothing criminal about them playing outside.
Fiery-Hot Chilli Grenades To Quell Riots  
India's security forces are planning to mix one of the world's hottest chilli powders in hand grenades to control riots and battle insurgents.
Defence scientists said they will replace explosives in small grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise a person without killing him
The chilli found in the country's north east generates so much heat it was enough to startle a person for a while when used as a weapon, researchers said.
The bhut jolokia chilli is said to generate 1,000,000 heat units on the Scoville scale - a measure of hotness.
It is at least a thousand times more than a common kitchen chilli.
The Scoville scale was named after American scientist Wilbur Scoville, the first to measure the heat component in chillies.
The bhut jolokia will also be used as a food supplement for soldiers deployed in cold weather conditions to raise their body temperatures
Police arrest man in a mini-skirt viewing porn at gym
Police say a Tustin, California man wearing racy woman's clothing and watching porn on a computer in an apartment complex gym was arrested after officers found drugs in his backpack.
Sgt. Todd Bullock says 45-year-old Stephen Murdoch was arrested early Tuesday after a security guard reported someone acting suspiciously in a workout room that was supposed to be closed and locked.
When police peered into the gym, they saw Murdoch—in a miniskirt, bustier, fishnet stockings and heels—hiding behind exercise equipment while watching an adult film on a laptop.
Officers arrested Murdoch, who was sweating profusely and talking quickly, on suspicion of drug possession after finding marijuana, methamphetamine and pipes in his backpack.

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