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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

Street Life: Beirut

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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A new Russian revolution

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Standing my ground

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried