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- A Big Mac may clog your arteries -- but it also could bolster your memory. A hormone released when digesting certain fats helps create long-term memory in rats, a new study shows. The mechanism likely evolved as a way for animals to remember where they had found fatty foods so they could return later.
- An increasing number of attorneys are handling cases based on the actions of avatars in virtual reality game Second Life. One gamer who created a bed on which to have avatar sex is suing a second user who sold copies of said bed. A lawyer for the bed-maker tracked down the real person behind the avatar and presented him with a judgment from a Florida U.S. District Court that forced him to quit.
- "Highly intimate" photos and videos of Carla Bruni and her ex-beau were stolen during a burglary in Paris and now officials fear the images of the French First Lady will be made public. The wife of French President Nicholas Sarkozy has had flings with Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton in the past -- but the images stolen show her with the father of her eight-year-old child.
- A 70 mph wind gust swept up a six-pound Chihuahua and dropped the pup nearly a mile from her owners. Little Tinker Bell was found with the help of a pet psychic who led the Michigan family to a wooded area where they foundthe eight-pound pooch, who was swept away when she was standing on a platform trailer at an outdoor flea market.