Today's wacky web stories: Elevator anxiety, the Sarah Palin diet and John Lennon's letters

The Sarah Palin diet, the kidnap that wasn't, a motor-tricycle hearse, the John Lennon letters and why do we behave so oddly in lifts?

Marie Winckler
Wednesday 10 October 2012 14:32
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Models cram into an elevator before taking part in a fashion show at the Singapore Men's Fashion Week 2011
Models cram into an elevator before taking part in a fashion show at the Singapore Men's Fashion Week 2011

Why do we behave so oddly in lifts?

Many of us use them several times a day, and yet the way we behave in lifts, or elevators as they are known in the US, reveals a hidden anxiety. bbc.co.uk

The Palin Diet

The Tea Party will soon be without biscuits and crumpets. Sarah Palin is writing a fitness book with her family, she revealed Tuesday in an email to People magazine. people.com

Last ride in style

Northern Ireland's first motor-tricycle hearse takes to the road. During the boom years he built luxury houses, but now Robert Adams has moved into transport - with a twist. bbc.co.uk

Kidnap. Not.

Police in Zurich started a manhunt to find the victim of an armed kidnapping only to discover it was a re-enactment by two fans of scenes from detective films using replica air guns, authorities said. reuters.com

Dear Prudence

The 'John Lennon letters' aren't just a pile of papers from unimportant times in his life. There are letters written while the Beatles were in Hamburg, during the days of Beatlemania and on his own after the Beatles had broken up. examiner.com

The ones that didn't make the cut

1967 James Bond Auditions. voicesofeastanglia.com

Damn you toothbrush

Bill-dodging hotel guest betrayed by a toothbrush after police trace him using his DNA. dailymail.co.uk

Party like it's 2009

There was quite a deal to be had at a petrol station in Illinois, USA earlier today, where petrol, or "gas" was being sold at 2009 prices - all part of a protest against President Obama’s energy policies. cbcslocal.com

Dirtiness is next to Godliness

As it turns out, allowing the odd germ to flourish here or there just might be saving your kid from a lifetime of allergies, Dr. Nancy Snyderman explained on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" Monday. nbcnews.com

Why do we behave so oddly in lifts?

Many of us use them several times a day, and yet the way we behave in lifts, or elevators as they are known in the US, reveals a hidden anxiety. bbc.co.uk

Man Arrested After Receiving Great Deal

Danny Sawyer, 40, is suing the Chevrolet dealership after it accidentally sold him a car for $5,600 less than it cost — and then accused him of stealing it and had him arrested, the Virginian-Pilot reported. cbslocal.com

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