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Time of month: Finally, Norway isn't the ideal model for something: office bathroom policies. Female staff in one Norway company have to wear red bracelets to signal they have their period - which then warrants them more bathroom breaks.

The nutty demand was revealed in a report by a workers' union into 'tyrannical' toilet rules in Norwegian companies, according to the Daily Mail.

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The study found businesses were becoming obsessed with lost productivity due to employees spending too much time in the loo; 66 per cent of managers made staff ask them for an electronic key card to gain access to the toilets so they could monitor them.

Some companies actually had bathroom video-surveillance. Others made staff sign a toilet 'visitors book.'

But the union said that the most extreme action was taken by one manager who made women having their period wear a red bracelet to justify more frequent trips to the washroom.

"Women quite justifiably feel humiliated by being tagged in this way, so that all their colleagues are aware of this intimate detail of their private life."

While we can probably all agree that this is heinous, I'm guessing there will be more than a few men who wonder if the women in their life could do the same - only during the PMS phase instead.

Not gonna happen.

Working at aging: Working moms feel 11 years older than stay at home moms - who actually feel four years YOUNGER than their age, according to a new poll by insurance company PruHealth.

The study found working parents drink and smoke more, but exercise and sleep less than average adults. Only 43 per cent of working parents, whether male or female, say they eat a balanced diet and 18 per cent never exercise, according to the Telegraph piece.

The poll also found that 16 per cent of working dads like to regularly grab a takeaway and 30 per cent of working mums sneak a quick snack like chocolate when energy levels are low.

Are you envious of parents who stay home with the kids? Would you take better care of yourself if you didn't have the daily work grind?

Do I even have to ask?

Debtors Internet: Kelli Space has a novel approach to paying off her massive student debt: beg the Internet for help. The 23-year-old graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 and has about $190,000 is debt to pay. Although she has a job, she's asking for donations, and she's also offering up the odd bit of news about other hard-up debtors.

In a recent correspondence with Gawker, she wrote that her situation is especially tough because she's "actually forced to live with my parents (forced = I am lucky! But...) "

I'm wondering what the dinner table conversation is like these days.

Did no family member have a calculator to figure this out along the way?

What do you think - is she clever or desperate? Will you donate? Weigh in with your comments in the field below.







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