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Italian vices

Rome, Jan. 10 (Reuters): Most Italians feel more guilty about over-eating than they do about cheating on their partners, a survey has found, suggesting that people in Casanova’s native land care more about staying slim than staying faithful.

The survey, by psychology magazine Riza Psicosomatica, found that excessive eating and spending topped the list of what people considered the most guilt-inducing vices.

Sexual infidelity came bottom of the list of the magazine’s “seven deadly sins”, behind neglecting friends and family, failing at work and not looking after one’s physique.

Helmet ire

Amsterdam (Reuters): A Dutch firm offering orange helmets shaped like those worn by German soldiers during the Nazi era and aimed at Dutch soccer fans visiting Germany for the World Cup has upset the Netherlands’ football authority. Free Time Products, the firm behind the helmet (www.helmpje.nl), defends it as a bit of harmless fun. “During the World Cup the playing field is different. We ought to be able to poke a bit of fun at our arch-rivals the Germans,” Weno Geerts of Free Time Products told Dutch daily De Telegraaf.

Burning hit

Sydney (Reuters): An Australian woman will face court charged with repeatedly stabbing her partner because he played an Elvis Presley song over and over again, police said on Tuesday. Police said the woman was charged with unlawful wounding after she stabbed her partner for repeatedly playing the Elvis hit Burning Love.


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