My doctor told me to do something that made me slightly out of breath, so I started smoking again."
--Comedian Jo Brand
This week in 1998, American researchers announced they had cloned calves perhaps capable of producing medicinal milk. Creating two identical, genetically engineered calves containing human DNA was declared a step toward mass production of human drugs in animals. Their goal was to turn cows into drug factories, mass producing milk that contains human proteins important for treating human diseases.
Every year around this time, there are reports that scientists have determined that a particular date in January is statistically the most depressing day of the year. Typically it's a Monday.
In fact, no such evidence exists.
According to Snopes.com, the concept of "blue Monday" took root in 2005 with a press release detailing "a purported formula that calculated factors including weather, debt, time elapsed since Christmas and unsuccessful New Year's resolutions." When those factors were combined, a "sadness algorithm" identified January 24, 2005 as the single most depressing of the year.
The news release turned out to be the work of a travel company trying to encourage folks to take vacations to sunnier, warmer climes in January.
Having been wrapped in linen bandages soaked in brandy as a purported remedy for his frail and ailing body, the French nobleman Charles II of Navarre (1332-1387) was killed when a servant accidentally set him on fire while trying to burn off a lose thread.
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