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At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.

McDonald’s has admitted 90 per cent of its UK employees are on zero-hours contracts.

They won't be lovin' it: McDonald's admits 90% of employees are on zero-hours contracts without guaranteed work or a stable income

Fast-food chain is potentially the largest zero-hours employer in the UK’s private sector

Andre-Pierre Gignac has only scored once in five months and is the focus of struggling Marseilles' supporters' frustrations

Transfer news: Newcastle 'target' Andre-Pierre Gignac adamant he will remain at Marseille

The Magpies are eager to recruit new strikers

Woman tries to buy two Apple iPhones online, ends up with actual edible apples

Buyer did not check inside the boxes and on arriving home found they contained real apples

McDonald's remove their branding for ads in France: can you name these products?

McDonald's sure do have confidence in their branding.

Nanoo Nanoo? Robin Williams is to make a return to television in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones

Robin Williams to make first TV return since Mork & Mindy in CBS comedy The Crazy Ones

Robin William is set to return to TV for the first time since appearing in 1970’s sitcom Mork & Mindy.

Business week in review

In profit ...

Forget the royal baby, look at pictures of this Stormtrooper gatecrashing a historical re-enactment

Galactic warrior may have turned up at the wrong event

Not lovin' it: McDonald's rider refused to say neigh after horse was turned away from drive-through lane

She led the animal inside, where it left a load - resulting in a police fine

Pope Francis will make his first international trip to Rio for World Youth Day celebrations

Vatican calls on Brazilian government to provide bailout to cover £26m shortfall in funding for Pope's visit to Rio

Pope Francis will make his first international trip to world's largest Catholic country for World Youth Day celebrations

McDonald's faces boycott for refusing to sell Big Macs in the West Bank

The fast food giants have turned down an offer to build an outlet in Ariel, inspiring a backlash from the local community

Lining them up at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in New York

Byron? Pah! Can you do posher than George?

Our writers review their favourite burger joints...

Picture taken from Twitter with permission of George Osborne showing him eating a burger and chips as he put the 'finishing touches' to the spending review

Osborne defends his 'posh' Byron burger Twitter picture saying 'McDonald's don't deliver'

Mr Osborne tweeted a picture of himself eating the burger, from upmarket chain Byron

@George_Osborne: 'Putting final touches to the speech #SR2013'

Let Osborne enjoy his Byron burger in peace

The £10 Byron burger scandal rages on, but if we remove the bun and parse the gherkin on this whopper of a news story, what, exactly, is a Spending Review burger?

The 10-year

Revealed: Police officer Bob Lambert helped to write the leaflet that caused McLibel

Undercover infiltrator was the co-author of defamatory pamphlet about US fast-food giant

Singapore smog gets worse - can chemically induced rain clear the air?

Governments in south-east Asia meet to discuss growing crisis and people are warned to remain indoors

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Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
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Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss