News of the Weird
Thursday 15 January 1998
Fruit flies on crack: According to research carried out in Bethesda, near Washington, fruit flies show the same "reverse tolerance" to crack cocaine as humans do - over time, the same dosage elicits an increasingly strong response. Low doses of cocaine resulted in the flies continuously grooming themselves; higher doses made them walk backwards, sideways and in circles; and at the highest levels they developed tremors or paralysis, or even died. The research may help uncover the molecular basis for cocaine addiction.
Religious ecstasy: A man was detained when he resisted police efforts to put a stop to what they called "obscene acts" in a church in Valladolid, Spain. "They weren't actually having sex but the girl's trousers were down around her ankles and they were very touchy-feely," said a police spokesman.
Life & Style blogs
Astrological signs are almost all wrong, as movement of moon and sun throws out zodiac
PTSD photo series documents what the disorder is really like – as study reveals suicides of 22 US veterans every day
The distress of some Zayn Malik fans is real, and they need support, say experts
NHS property sale could raise £7.5bn to help pay off its growing deficit and free up space for housing
Clocks change: how to make sure iPhone and smartphones automatically ‘spring forward’
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
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