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Zurich officials propose sex in the city boxes
Prostitution has become such a problem in Switzerland that Zurich officials have made proposals to add "sex boxes" to the city. The idea itself is adopted from German cities like Essen and Cologne and will be a way for prostitution to continue on behind closed, uh, doors. The boxes will serve as quickie drive-throughs, so-to-speak, and will free up city streets from unsightly acts that haunt Zurich residents whose homes overlook the city's red light district. The boxes are big enough to conceal vehicles while prostitutes and clients handle business. The somewhat laissez-faire approach to Swiss sex industry control even comes with an official police endorsement. "We can't get rid of prostitution, so we have to learn how to control it," spokesman Reto Casanova said.
Caveman? There's an app for that
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's first mobile application, MEanderthal, morphs photos of people into cavemen. Users can choose among three species: Homo floresiensis, Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis. Our most recent ancestor, the Neanderthals, lived from about 200,000 to 28,000 years ago and had, according to the Smithsonian's human origins website, a "large middle part of the face, angled cheek bones and a huge nose for humidifying and warming cold, dry air." Male MEanderthals get beards, and most of the women get long, dark hair that manages to look both wispy and coarse.
Golfer's swing sets the course ablaze
Forget "Fore!" "Fire!" was the cry of the day for a golfer whose off-target swing sparked a 12-acre blaze in Southern California. The man at the Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine landed a shot in the rough Saturday. On his next swing, his club snagged a rock, causing a spark that lit the rough ablaze and eventually attracted 150 firefighters to the scene. Officials say the fire burned through the rough, into vegetation next to the course and over two dry, brushy hillsides. No charges were filed.
You snooze, you lose in Nigeria
Snoozing Nigerian federal employees who reported late to work have gotten a rude awakening. As part of a push to end tardiness, a number of federal offices in the nation's capital Abuja locked out hundreds of tardy workers Tuesday. The move is part of an ongoing government effort to end chronic late arrivals among employees in Africa's most populous nation. The offices opened their doors an hour later to let the late employees in. So-called "Africa time" still plagues government offices in the oil-rich nation of 150 million people. While ministries should be open at 8 a.m., many find operations still sluggish two hours later. Offices typically close at 4 p.m. — or when the failing national power grid cuts out.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.