Dad's chilling Facebook updates
MELBOURNE: In a horrific incident, an Australian man posted a message on Facebook which read "Bout 2 kill ma kid" just before he stabbed his two-year-old daughter and left her to die.
The shocking details of the murder of little Yazmina emerged in Melbourne Magistrates' Court in a police brief of evidence, according to reports in the Australian media.
Ramazan 'Ramzy' Acar, 24, who admitted to murdering his daughter, also sent a text message to the toddler's mother Rachelle D'Argent which read "It's ova I did it", Herald Sun reported.
Yazmina or "Mimi" was murdered on November 17 last year after Acar picked her up from her mother at Hallam to take her to a milk bar to buy her a Kinder Surprise.
But Acar instead kidnapped the child, stabbed her a number of times and dumped her body at Greenvale Reservoir reserve.
D'Argent said she phoned him a number of times pleading with him to bring her daughter home before calling police.
At Narre Warren Police station, she called him and he said, "I've killed her. She's just lying next to me in her leggings and her top covered in blood".
Woman refused to wash-off make-up for two years
SOUTH KOREA: For two years, this South Korean lady did not wash her face, Asiaone website quoted a report from The Daily Chilli.
The 20-year-old Bae Dal-mi wanted to "look perfect all the time", and even slept with thick make-up on.
She said that she first started applying make-up as a 14-year-old and eventually progressed to thicker, mask-like makeup.
She added that the most important object in her life was her mirror, which she keeps by her side at all times.
Despite being considered rather pretty, Bae revealed to a South Korean variety show that she was dissatisfied with her appearance and wanted cosmetic surgery on 10 areas of her face.
Bae's mother, appalled at her daughter's lack of hygiene, had contacted the variety show in an attempt to force her to change her behavior.
A visit to the doctor revealed that Bae's skin was twice her actual age due to the make-up, reported online media.
According to experts, leaving make up on for too long not only clogs pores, but can also cause early aging.
Wall Street turns to Twitter for stock market clues
US: Twitter may have finally found a real way to make money.
According to detailed analysis, Tweets have an 87 per cent chance of successfully predicting stock prices.
For years, analysts have predicted that the real value of the social networking service doesn't lie in serving advertising to users, but rather in serving up millions of points of real-time data to anyone who can wring useful intelligence out of it, reports Daily Mail.
A new paper published by an Indiana University professor, combined with recent practices on Wall Street, suggest that Twitter may be a goldmine of valuable financial information.
Johan Bollen, a professor of informatics at Indiana, co-authored a study that linked a computerized assessment of the 'mood' of millions of Twitter posts with stock market performance.
To reach his conclusion, Mr Bollen analyzed a total of 9.6 million tweets over nine months in 2008, using two mood-tracking tools.
Bollen told USA Today: 'If you would have told anyone 10 years ago that this data would be available, they would have called it science-fiction.
'We know that emotions play a significant role in markets'.
Bollen added that the process of analyzing millions of tweets is akin to a 'large-scale emotional thermometer for society as a whole'.
USA Today wrote: 'This incoming psychological snapshot of the Twitterati, digerati and average Joe could prompt a computer program interpreting the data at a hedge fund to place a trade without human intervention in an attempt to profit from the information'.
In fact, some financial companies are already incorporating analysis of Twitter and other social media into their decision-making strategies.
Family sues grandmother
AUSTRALIA: A woman who fell down stairs while clutching her five-month-old granddaughter is being sued by her own family, reports Perth Now.
The family claims the grandmother's negligence left the baby girl with "traumatic" head injuries.
Molly Boland, now aged four, was left "severely disabled" by the January 2006 accident while she, her parents, grandmother Hannelore Hoffmann and other family were at a holiday cottage in Smiths Lake, near Forster, in NSW north coast.
Molly's parents are suing her grandmother on her behalf for hundreds of thousand of dollars in damages, reports the daily.
Late last year, the grandmother - who rejects any negligence on her part - launched a cross-claim against key parties involved in $400,000 renovations to the holiday home. Molly's parents have since joined that cross-claim.
It alleges the builder, joiners, architect and home owners were negligent, with Mrs Hoffmann's fall being caused by a number of factors including the smooth surface, the absence of "nosings" or non-slip resistance, the presence of winders - wedge or triangle-shaped stairs - and the absence of a handrail for part of the descent.
Letting fly expletives can ease pain
UK: A few choice words can relieve pain – but only if you don’t curse regularly in everyday life, psychologists told Daily Mail.
Previous studies have shown that letting fly with a few expletives can ease pain.
But the bad news for notoriously foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay is that the pain relief quickly wears off for habitual swearers, according to Keele University researchers' quotes to the daily.
Dr Richard Stephens and Claudia Umland asked 71 volunteers aged 18 to 46 to assess how frequently they used bad words, ranging from hardly ever to 40 times a day or more.
They then had to keep their hands in icy water for as long as possible to test their pain tolerance.
Those who seldom swore were able to stand the icy water for 45 seconds longer when they were using abusive words than when they were not. But those who often swore gained only ten extra seconds.
The experiment showed the more often people swear in daily life, the less extra time they could stand the pain.
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