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KISS-OF-DEAF: A young woman in southern China has partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend ruptured her eardrum during an excessively passionate kiss, local media reported Monday.

The 20-something girl from Zhuh-ai, in southern Guangdong province, went to hospital completely deaf in her left ear, the China Daily said, citing a report in a local newspaper.
“The kiss reduced pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out and caused the breakdown of the ear,” the paper quoted a doctor surnamed Li from the hospital as saying.
The woman’s hearing would likely return to normal after about two months, Li said.
“While kissing is normally very safe, doctors advise people to proceed with caution,” the paper said. –– Reuters.

‘SATANIC-GARB’: Police in Iran have arrested 49 people this week during a crackdown on “satanic” clothes, IRNA news agency reported.
The measures are the latest in a country-wide campaign against Western cultural influence in the Islamic Republic, where strict dress codes are enforced.
“Police confronted rascals and thugs who appeared in public wearing satanic fashions and unsuitable clothing,” Qaemshahr city police commander Mahmoud Rahmani told IRNA.
Rahmani also said that five barber shops were shut and 20 more warned for “promoting Western hairstyles”.
 In the past, such crackdowns have lasted a few weeks or months, but the current campaign was launched in 2007 and has not let up.
It includes measures against men sporting spiky “Western” hairstyles or women wearing tight trousers and high boots.
Women are supposed to wear clothing that covers their hair and disguises the shape of their bodies. But some, particularly in cities, wear headscarves pushed back well beyond their hairlines and sport tight-fitting outfits.
Rahmani did not say how the offenders would be punished. Usual penalties are a warning or a fine.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has in the past suggested Iran’s enemies may try to stage a “soft” or “velvet” revolution by infiltrating corrupt culture or ideas. –– Reuters.

UNUSUAL-REQUEST: Police in the US say a woman was arrested after asking a state trooper whether she could smoke — and then trying to light up a marijuana joint. Honesty Knight (32) was a passenger in a vehicle that officer Eric Perkins pulled over for a traffic violation last Friday. While the trooper was talking to the driver, Knight obtained the trooper’s permission to smoke.
Police say Perkins then asked to see the cigarette, which contained marijuana, not tobacco.
Knight faces a preliminary charge of possession of paraphernalia. She was released from jail on bond, but couldn’t be located for comment because no home telephone number was listed in her name. –– AP.

BORED!: A retired New York City man says he’s spent US$7 500 fighting a $115 parking ticket because he’s got “nothing else to do”.
Former electrical hardware firm vice president Simon Belsky says he was erroneously ticketed two years ago.
The 63-year-old says the ticket cites his van for blocking a Brooklyn fire hydrant even though the only hydrant on the street was down the block.
The November 2006 fine has ballooned from $115 to about $200 with penalties.
Belsky was in court last week and is due back February 2. He says if he wins he’ll file a civil suit against the city to recover the $7 500 he’s spent on legal work. He says if any compensation is awarded he’ll donate it to educational programmes. –– AP.

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