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Potato chips. In the 1800s in New York, a customer at a restaurant sent back French fries because they were too thick. The cook made thinner ones that the customer still thought were too thick. Exasperated, the chef made ones that were exceedingly thin to piss off the customer... who loved them.

Viagra to be made in Britain

VIAGRA, THE anti-impotency drug, is to be manufactured in Britain from next year.

A whiff of imitation erotica at pounds 1,000 a ticket

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Viagra men down tools

EVEN VIAGRA is impotent against the French disease. More than 200 workers at the main European production plant of the impotency cure, at Poce-sur-Cisse on the Loire, have gone on strike for a greater share of profits from the drug.

`Girl power' leads student protests through France

FRANCE WAS treated yesterday to a lesson in student power - and also in girl power. All over the country, it was women of 16 to 18 who took the lead in a day of protest by lycee students.

Nobel prize for work that led to Viagra discovery

THE DISCOVERY that a simple gas - a pollutant in car exhausts - acts as a key chemical messenger in the body has won this year's Nobel prize for medicine.

Doctors call for shyness drug debate

A DRUG for extreme shyness launched yesterday to help sufferers overcome their fearshould be examined by the NHS's purse- holders, doctors leaders said. Seroxat, an antidepressant for social phobia, is the third "lifestyle" drug to be licensed in the last month after Viagra and the anti-fat treatment for obesity, Xenical.

Letter: Viagra mystery

Sir: As a result of a government directive, Viagra is not, at present, available on the NHS. The implication from Dr Richard Pearcy's letter (17 September) is that it is, however, available if you pay for it. The situation is, however, even more restrictive than this.

New obesity drug may cost NHS more than Viagra

AN ANTI-OBESITY drug launched yesterday could cost the NHS at least pounds 200m a year - more than the impotence treatment Viagra.

He is worried about keeping it up. She is worried about keeping it down. He thinks he's a flop in bed. She thinks she's too fat. But now their worries are over. This is the age of... His 'n' her pills

There is nothing he wouldn't give to look down and see a bulge below his belt. But if she looks into the mirror and sees a bulge below, above or underneath her belt, she's in instant hysterics and off to the gym to do 1001 sit-ups in a tent dress. Limp penises and spare tyres - these are the twin nightmares of our age. No man can be too hard, no woman too thin.

Tough choices, and not just about Viagra

We cannot have everything we want from the public sector and stable taxes

Psychological Notes: `The penis is itself a phallic symbol!'

WE ARE coming up to the centenary of the publication of The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. To one who has spent much of his life working with people in analysis on their dreams, Freud's magnum opus now seems very dated. He thought that dreams were repressed sexual wishes which had to be disguised and Bowdlerised so as not to shock the dreamer into wakefulness.

GPs share Viagra abuse worries

THE GOVERNING body for family doctors met yesterday to discuss the "huge potential" for misuse of the anti-impotence drug Viagra.

Letter: No jumbos

JEREMY CLARKE should have come back with a hangover, backache and an empty bottle of Viagra. I would have.

Viagra `a danger even for fit men'

VIAGRA may pose risks to older men who are apparently healthy and not just to those with heart problems, researchers report today.
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