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Monday, September 28, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - September 28, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .what about bras for left-handed women (like me)?
Store launches underpants for left-handed men
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090923/od_nm/us_underpants_odd

A British store is launching a range of underpants for left-handed men, an innovation it says will save them both time and embarrassment in front of the porcelain.

The new range, by UK-based Hom, will have a horizontal opening instead of a vertical slit accessed from the right-hand side, breaking a tradition that has lasted for 75 years.

"In our view, this is a vital step toward equality for left-handed men," said Rob Faucherand of Debenhams store.

Almost 10 percent of British men are believed to be left handed but men's Y-fronted underpants have traditionally had a right-handed opening from the time they were invented in 1935.

"As a result," Debenhams said, "left-handed men have to reach much further into their pants, performing a Z shaped maneuver through two 180 degree angles before achieving the result that right handed men perform with ease."

Previously, it added, boxer shorts, with an adaptable, ambidextrous opening in the middle, have been the underpants of choice for left handed men.

The new pants mean that left handed men can finally go to the bathroom as quickly and efficiently as their right-handed colleagues, the store said.

"Switching the opening from vertical to horizontal may sound like a small step, but it's the major breakthrough that many have been waiting for," added Faucherand.

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Urban legend reveals modern fears - 09/28/09
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8278797.stm
From Belfast to Boston the story goes round that a child has gone missing in a shop and is found in the toilets with foreigners trying to alter their appearance.
It is every parent's nightmare and has one other underlying theme - it's not true, it is what is termed an urban legend.
There have been a spate of such claims being made to newsrooms across Northern Ireland in recent weeks with one common variant, that immigrants are the ones trying to abduct the child.

Workplace Blogging: To Blog Or Not To Blog? - 09/28/09
http://www.ottawabusinessjournal.com/311204427447881.php
A web log (more commonly known as a "blog") is a journal published by an individual (the "blogger") on the internet. The blog contains the ideas and comments of the blogger on a variety of issues, and may include links to other websites. Some blogs allow readers to respond online to the content of the blog.

Man strangled ex-lover then committed suicide - 09/28/09
http://www.lutterworthmail.co.uk/news/Man-strangled-exlover--then.5674293.jp
A MAN with Lutterworth connections who murdered a woman he met on the internet committed suicide hours afterwards, an inquest was told.

Sending racy photos can haunt teens later - 09/28/09
http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2009/09/28/news/valley/b1-mon-shtexting.txt
Police say they are encountering more cases of teenagers “sexting,” or sending explicit photos of themselves to people they like, only to find out that the image meant for one person’s eyes ends up being forwarded to others.

What Single Moms Need to Know About Sexting - 09/27/09
http://singlemindedwomen.com/2009/09/what-single-moms-need-to-know-about-sexting/
Do you know what sexting is? If your child has a cell phone (or will have one at any time in the future) you should know what it is and how to talk to your child about it!

Bloggers not safe from impersonating the police - 09/27/09
http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2009/09/27/bloggers-not-safe-from-impersonating-the-police/
Some have called the Internet the new Wild West without law or order. It seems the hot issues that have been cropping up lately revolve around distinguishing the line between free speech and harassment. The Texas police have had enough as they are now planning on arresting those impersonating and insulting them on the Web.

Boldon woman's Facebook threat to "nut" 10-year-old - 09/26/09
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Boldon-woman39s-Facebook-threat-to.5681410.jp
Police were called after a mum threatened to "nut" a 10-year-old girl on social networking site Facebook. The 24-year-old, from Boldon Colliery, has been ordered to remove the "disgusting" comments from the popular Internet site and the mum of the victim has reported the conversation to Facebook bosses, who told her they will investigate.

Naples teacher accused of stalking ex-husband's wife - 09/26/09
http://www.nbc-2.com/Global/story.asp?S=11198973
A Naples elementary school teacher was arrested on Thursday after deputies say she stalked her ex-husband's new wife.
Haley Ann Marotto, 39, is in the Lee County Jail charged with misdemeanor stalking.

iPhone app investigates dates - 09/25/09
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/09/25/Watercooler-Stories/UPI-60261253874600/
A Washington state company has unveiled an iPhone application allowing users to run background checks and net worth calculations for prospective mates.

Emails from arrested Albany law guardian Charles Keegan shed light on relationship with teen client - 09/25/09
http://www.examiner.com/x-14537-Albany-CPS-and-Family-Court-Examiner~y2009m9d25-Emails-from-arrested-Albany-law-guardian-Charles-Keegan-shed-light-on-relationship-with-teen-client
Emails, obtained by this examiner, between Albany law guardian, Charles Keegan, and the family of a teen girl he allegedly stalked, reveal apparent concern for the girl but also reveal what seems to be unprofessional behavior on his part. In one email, Keegan states that his client will likely end up as either a pole dancer or a Wal-mart cashier.

Downside of providing a recommendation on an employee's social media page? - 09/25/09
http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/articles/19881/1/Downside-of-providing-a-recommendation-on-an-employees-social-media-page/Page1.html
Q. An employee has asked me, as his direct supervisor, to provide him a recommendation on his LinkedIn page. He’s a good employee and I don’t see any harm in granting his request. Are there any risks?

Bogus online car salesmen jailed - 09/25/09
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/8274074.stm
Two men who placed fake car adverts on the Gumtree website and then robbed people who responded have been jailed.

'Tweeting' breaches patient confidentiality - 09/24/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/6225315/Tweeting-breaches-patient-confidentiality.html
Medics posting messages on networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are breaching patient confidentiality, according to a leading medical journal.

Frewsburg Man Faces Charges For Prank Calls - 09/24/09
http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/540733.html?nav=5018
A Frewsburg man was taken into custody Wednesday morning after an investigation into a series of high-tech prank calls made to two city residents over a two-week period.
Jeffery R. Fowler, 29, was taken into custody at his home and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment for allegedly using an Internet-based service to disguise his phone number during the more than 60 calls made to a woman whose father is seriously ill and another city resident.

Social Networks and Personal Injury Suits - 09/24/09
http://www.law.com/jsp/legaltechnology/pubArticleLT.jsp?id=1202434026615&Social_Networks_and_Personal_Injury_Suits
Social networking Web sites such as Facebook and MySpace have become an increasingly popular vehicle for people to communicate with friends and family, share their innermost thoughts, feelings and post personal photographs. These personal Web sites generate a plethora of personal data and may be an enticing source of information about an unwary plaintiff to adversarial e-wolves. It is no longer "think before you speak."

Promoting Safer Surfing -- Online - 09/24/09
http://www.tonic.com/article/4netsafety-online-safety-resource/
You've probably read stories about online bullying (we covered it on Tonic last month) and other issues that arise with kids and teenagers on the Internet. That said, some statistics from this PR Newswire release surprised me. "In a year's time, approximately one in three teens experience online harassment and 32 percent of teens clear their browser history to hide what they do online from their parents."

Fake golf club scam 'cost eBay customers millions' - 09/23/09
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6845133.ece
A global network of criminals duped eBay customers into buying millions of pounds worth of fake golf clubs in the largest fraud uncovered by the online auction site.

No Jail Time for Man Accused of Coercing Nude Photos from MSU Student - 09/23/09
http://www.keyc.com/node/28028
There will be no jail time for the former University of Minnesota - Duluth student sentenced for extorting an MSU student.

Spyware allows hackers to tap into cell phones - 09/23/09
http://www.kvue.com/news/top/stories/092309kvue_cell-phone-spies-eh.1aa9f013b.html
What if every move you make, someone's following you or someone is listening into your private phone conversations?
An alarming ad is running locally -- pay $30 and you can hack into your girlfriend's cell phone.

“That’s Not Cool”: A Very Cool Website For Teens In The Digital Era - 09/23/09
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-thats-not-cool-very-cool-website-for-teens-in-the-digital-era/
Gossip is to high school as dry kindling is to fire­it doesn’t take much for things to get heated. And now with technology and the internet, we can only imagine that it’s like throwing kerosene on the blaze thanks to IM, Facebook, Twitter, you name it.

Retired couple's home trashed by 150 yobs who gatecrashed granddaughter's party advertised on Twitter - 09/22/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1215209/Retired-couples-home-trashed-150-yobs-gatecrash-granddaughters-party-advertised-Twitter.html
A retired couple's home was trashed after 150 drunken teenagers gatecrashed a party advertised on a social networking site.
Brian and Glennis McDonald, who were attending a wedding, had given their 15-year-old granddaughter Victoria permission for two friends to stay the night as a treat.

Jilted student who stabbed ex girlfriend is jailed for eight years - 09/22/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1215077/Jilted-student-watched-beheadings-terror-videos-beef-stabbing-ex.html#ixzz0SPLnx6eK
A jealous university student who stabbed his ex-girlfriend in a drink-fuelled attack after watching terrorist videos to 'beef himself up' was today jailed for eight years.

How Facebook tried to put a shine on $9.5m privacy suit - 09/21/09
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/sep/21/facebook-privacy
Two years after offending users with an advertising wheeze, Facebook has quietly announced that it was ready to settle a lawsuit about the scheme. What's really going on?

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