Self-abuse: A man in Fairfield, California, who claimed that a woman called Brenda had cut off his penis has now admitted that he did it himself. Alan Hall would not disclose the reasons for the act, or why he described the imaginary attacker to the police. Doctors were unable to reattach the organ. Mr Hall is a pipe-fitter.
Condoms: Kaestner-Versand, the company that supplied, by mail order, most of the condoms used in communist East Germany, has announced that it is closing. Competition from western companies since re-unification has reduced orders to a trickle.