This week's wackiest web stories: Magic contacts, Medvedev talks aliens and dead people on Facebook

Plus: rocketing perfume sales and did renaissance women shave their body hair?

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See the future

Scientists in Belgium have teamed up with a nanoelectronics research center to develop a contact lens that projects images and words with a mini-LCD display.msnbc.msn.com

From Space with love

Medvedev talks about aliens on Earth! youtube.com

Say cheese

The entire annual production of the world's most expensive cheese (made from donkeys' milk, obvs) has been bought by the tennis player Novak Djokovic. telegraph.co.uk

War games

This PlayStation-Controlled DIY Tank has taken the conflict in Syria to whole new depths. wired.com

Perfume sales rocket in Gaza

Sales of a citrus-scented perfume marketed in Gaza have soared since it was named in honor of the rockets that Palestinians shot at Israel during a war last month, the manufacturer said. reuters.com

Why are dead people 'liking' stuff?

Evidence of life after death comes from the most unlikely of places: Facebook. readwrite.com

Man's best friend

Grieving pet owners in Singapore, known for lavishing care in life on their animals , can soon share their feelings about furred family members after they pad off to the great beyond - via obituaries in the city-state's largest newspaper. reuters.com

Do not pass Ghana, do not collect $200

The first African city edition of the famous board game Monopoly has been launched in Lagos. bbc.co.uk

That would explain the economic crisis...

One in four adults has the maths skills of a nine-year-old, or worse, and struggles with the most basic everyday sums, new research has claimed. telegraph.co.uk

Oopsies

Builders sent in to renovate an 18th century chateau in western France's Bordeaux wine region reduced it to rubble instead, according to the Russian owner of the property. reuters.com

You've got mail

Most emails go unanswered. themonkeycage.org

It's a small world

Some people wonder if where you go to university matters. Consider this: More than half of the 71 members of the Forbes’ Most Powerful list have the same 11 alma maters. www.forbes.com

Random question of the day

Did renaissance women remove their body hair? renresearch.wordpress.com

Forget about the Mars rover, let's build a Death Star

A petition posted to the White House's We The People platform advocates construction of the Universe's ultimate weapon. cnet.com

Show Off

A bank robbery suspect in Waco, Texas was arrested after bragging online. 1011now.com

'The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated'

Curious to discover why she was not on a list of registered voters, a 92-year-old Austrian woman was informed by officials that she had passed away months earlier. telegraph.co.uk

Blind drunk

Denis Duthie was celebrating his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with a four-hour drinking spree when his world suddenly went dark. stuff.co.nz

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