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If you hear voices, it may be the coffee

Joe the Psycho

If you hear voices, it may be the coffee

In the wake of learning that our region is the nation's most caffeinated, new research from Durham University in England shows that drinking too much coffee dramatically increases the risk of hallucinating, according to new research. "Caffeine intake is positively related to levels of psychosis-like experiences," said the study. High caffeine users were three times as likely to have had problems as those who rarely drank coffee. Large amounts of caffeine also made people more likely to think they could sense the presence of ghosts, according to the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

Shot in the head

Gunshot shatters innocent toilet

Part of firearm safety is making sure your weapon is secure at all times. And that includes when you are in the restroom. A man in Centerville, Utah, made his way to the men's room at a fast food joint. As he was pulling up his pants, his gun fell out of his holster. When it hit the floor, it fired, shooting the toilet and shattering it. Police confiscated the weapon while they investigated, but did not charge the man. He had a permit to carry it. But not drop it.

Substantial penalty

Banks rarely just give away $175K

It has been reported before, but for clarity: Just because the bank forgets to put the decimal point in your deposit doesn't mean you really have that much money in your account. Randy and Melissa Pratt, formerly of Bloomsburg, Pa., deposited $1,772.50, but got credited with $177,250. So they did the only logical thing: quit their jobs, withdraw the money and move to Orlando. Technically, the charge when something like that happens is "theft." They were arraigned this week.

Word nerds

Group indefatigably cleaves to picayune

A group at Wayne State University in Detroit is worried about some of its favorite words. Words like "mercurial," "sycophant" and "charlatan" are perfectly good words that people don't use enough, so Word Warriors are trying to get them back in circulation. "Too often we limit ourselves to words that are momentarily popular or broadly applicable, and so rob ourselves of English's inherent beauty and agility," according to the group's Web site,


Lil Adolf

Three New Jersey siblings whose names have Nazi connotations have been placed in the custody of the state, police said. They drew attention last month when a bakery refused to put the name of the oldest — Adolf Hitler Campbell — on a birthday cake. The other two children are JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell. Officials would not comment on the reasons for the removal.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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