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Talking Points: Man vs. goose, bad first date, electronic cigarettes

A man wrestles a dead goose while being dunked into the water during Antzar Eguna (Day Of The Goose) in the Basque fishing town of Lekeitio, Spain. The participant who successfully pulls off the bird’s head gets to keep the goose.

Vincent West/Reuters


Talk about your dates from hell. A London man is facing criminal charges for stealing a woman's cellphone after she refused to pay her share of the bar tab on their first date. According to the The Telegraph, Kishore Nimmala met Fakhara Sultana on a dating site and they arranged to meet for drinks at a swank bar in Leicester Square. The couple had two rounds, at which point Nimmala began to insist Sultana pay her share of the bill, roughly $80. She left in a huff, but Nimmala followed her to the subway station, still pestering her to pony up the dough. When Sultana attempted to call for police assistance, Nimmala grabbed her phone and sprinted down the street. No word on whether the pair plan a second date.


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If you're going to go off the grid, you might as well go all the way. A family of four in Guelph, Ont., have banished all forms of modern technology from their household for a year, CBC News reports. Blair McMillan and partner Morgan Patey have somehow convinced their two young sons they're playing an elaborate game of make-believe in which it's 1986 all over again. The throwback theme includes a Magnum P.I.-style mustache for McMillan, mullets for the kids and vintage clothing for all. The family packed up their tablets, phones, computers and DVDs in plastic tubs and stowed them, along with three flat-screen TVs, in Blair's parents' cellar. And the results? McMillan says he now wakes up to AM radio each morning, the family eats meals together and the kids play in the backyard after school.


Fewer young people are taking up smoking these days, but the kids are wild about those electronic cigarettes. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in The New York Times, the percentage of U.S. students using the nicotine-replacement device doubled in 2012 from the previous year. One in 10 high-schoolers say they tried an e-cigarette last year, up from one in 20 in 2011. "This is really taking off among kids," CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said. E-cigarettes are generally considered to be less harmful than regular cigarettes. Now the bad news: Many students who tried the e-cigs had never smoked a conventional cigarette, leading to concerns the e-cigs could be a gateway for new smokers.


"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass others at all cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."

Arthur Ashe, tennis champion (1943-1993)

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