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Forget 'The Talk' and make your teen some eggs

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Forget 'The Talk' and make your teen some eggs

Teens who skip breakfast as middle school students tend to have sex at an earlier age than those who start the day with a proper meal, a government-backed Japanese medical researcher said. The average age of first-time sex for those who said they ate breakfast every day as a middle school student was 19.4, while for those who skipped breakfast, the average age was 17.5. The survey, intended to study how to reduce unwanted pregnancies, also showed the average age of first-time sex was lower for those who found their mother annoying. People who said they disliked their mother had sex for the first time at the average age of 16, while the average age for those who appreciated their mother was 19, said Kunio Kitamura, executive director of the Japan Family Planning Association, who conducted the survey.

That's if you can find any …

Speaking of eggs, that job got a little harder for parents wherever a semitrailer truck carrying a load of them was headed Thursday. Trooper Jim Smiley says the driver fell asleep and his rig hit a guardrail and a bridge support beam that tore the trailer open and spilled hundreds of cartons of eggs along a 300-foot stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 in Ypsilanti Township in Michigan. Single-digit temperatures made for a frozen mess that Smiley says was scraped up by front-end loaders and put in dump trucks. Road workers then spread sand and salt on all three lanes — though not on the eggs. Smiley says the driver will be ticketed.

English education

Lesson One: You BLOW your NOSE

A school in Manchester has started to teach its pupils how to blow their noses. The children, age 5 to 11, at Broad Oak Primary School have been shown a DVD telling them the right and wrong ways to act when they have a cold. The pupils have also been asked to look at a Kleenex-sponsored Web site at home with their parents, called Sneezesafe, to help them understand cold germs and how they are spread. An excerpt: "He holds the tissue to his nose, breathes in, then closes his mouth and blows his nose. Good boy, Nathan! You've blown your nose properly. The germs are in the tissue, not in the air or on your hands."

Dress code violation gets teacher fired

A teacher at St. Paul's Way School in East London has been fired for "continually failing to comply with a reasonable management instruction," a spokeswoman for the Tower Hamlets Council said. Sounds reasonable. Except the man was a PE teacher and was fired for wearing a tracksuit and tennis shoes. That's right. Adrian Swain, 56, was dismissed a week before Christmas because he refused to follow a ban on sneakers. Swain said he had worn tracksuit bottoms and sneakers to school throughout his 30-year teaching career without any complaints. He said he'll appeal.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by Alex Zesch.

Forget 'The Talk' and make your teen some eggs 01/01/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:03am]
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