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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.

Doctors `defying ban on Viagra'

DOCTORS ARE defying the Government and prescribing the impotence drug Viagra on the NHS, the British Medical Association said yesterday.

Health: Why won't he take his Viagra?

Some men go to great lengths to get their pills, then simply don't use them.

`People want a quick fix'

AN INCREASING reliance on drugs, liberation from mass merchandising and techno-paranoia are some of the trends predicted for the coming year by an advertising executive.

Quiz of the year: 1998

1. "Believe me, it will be the envy of the world." What was the eighth wonder and who was hyping it?

Education: View From Here - Susan Bassnett

In the world of Qualityspeak, every thing has to be couched in language that conceals any hint of brutal reality

Judge bans Viagra on Net

THE OPERATOR of an Internet website that offers the impotence drug Viagra for sale was ordered yesterday to stop trading by a High Court judge.

`Painless' jab to compete with Viagra

THOUSANDS OF impotent men could soon be able to boost their sexual performances by painlessly injecting a Viagra-type drug directly into the penis.

Interview: Life's a Sunset Beach

She was going to be the next Elizabeth Taylor. These days Lesley- Anne Down takes work where she finds it - right now, it's in the best daytime soap opera since `Crossroads'

Cross Words: What the doctor ordered?

Head to head: A pill to cure your shyness, another to make you slim: are `lifestyle drugs' a cure-all or a cop-out? Professor David Nutt crosses scalpels with Dr Richard Nicholson

You ask the questions: (Such as: Barry Manilow, have you ever considered plastic surgery? And would you try Viagra?)

Barry Manilow was born in Brooklyn in 1946. He has recorded 29 albums (his latest is Manilow Sings Sinatra) and the hit singles, "Mandy" and "I Write The Songs". Dismissed as terminally naff, he has sold more than 50 million records. Manilow, who has produced other artists such as Dionne Warwick, lives in Los Angeles.

Cheap rival rises to challenge Viagra

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Viagra makers donate antibiotics to beat blindness

PFIZER, the manufacturer of Viagra, has announced the largest philanthropic donation in its history to help eliminate a disease that has blinded millions of people worldwide.

Health: It's all right, love, I'm on the pill

Women get pregnant; men don't. No surprises so far, but is there any future for a male oral contraceptive?
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