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The Odd Truth, Dec. 14, 2002

The Odd Truth is a collection of strange but factual news stories from around the world compiled by's Brian Bernbaum. A new collection of stories is published each weekday. On weekends, you can read a week's worth of The Odd Truth.

Soup Slinger Sentenced

SINGAPORE - A Singapore man was sentenced to six months in jail for slinging a ladle of seafood soup at his boss in a fit of anger, local media reported Friday.

Lim Hang Heng, a 43-year-old cook at a soup stall in Singapore's red light district, faced charges of inflicting pain after hurling the soup during a shouting match on June 25, the Straits Times newspaper said.

Lim's boss suffered minor burns

3 days ago

Are Red Light Therapy Tanning Beds Effective?

Red Light Therapy beds are making their grand entrance into tanning salons all over the United States. Due to consumer awareness regarding the damaging effects of tanning beds, salons are now jumping at the chance to offer an alternative that will not only draw in new customers who want to improve their skin but will also keep existing customers who want to repair the damage they have incurred from using tanning beds.

But are these red light therapy beds effective? The answer isn't really cut and dry. Red light therapy has been proven to stimulate collagen and elastin production, increase cellular energy, and boost circulation. Studies have shown that this unique therapy reduces wrinkles, lessens pore size, evens out skin tone, reduces redness, helps with rosacea, and more. Sounds great, right? The thing is, all of the scientific evidence on red light therapy is based solely on red LEDs (light emitting diodes) and not on red bulbs which happen to be used in most beds.

LEDs offer a more precise and tighter wavelength that is able to penetrate into the layers of the skin more efficiently than red bulbs. The light emitted from the bulbs used in tanning beds disperses and is more scattered and can vary plus or minus 40 nanometers whereas LEDs only vary plus or minus 10 nanometers.

The red bulbs found in beds, as long as they are in the correct nanometer range, are more than likely beneficial to the skin but do not have the same scientific proof backing them and don't emit the same densely concentrated reparative light that LEDs produce.

So, if red LEDs are more effective than red bulbs then why aren't more tanning facilities using LEDs in their beds? LEDs in the optimum nanometer range are much more expensive than the bulbs currently being used in tanning beds making it cost prohibitive for salons to incorporate this specific from of light.

Therefore, if you are planning on visiting your nearest tanning salon to take advantage of this popular technology be aware that the bed you will be pulling out your wallet to use may not be as effective as you once believed. If you are looking for systems that utilize LED technology then rest assured that there are a number of FDA cleared units that you can use in your own home as well as in dermatologist offices to achieve the optimal anti-aging benefits that light emitting diodes yield.

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6 days ago

Last-minute vacations: 5 budget tips

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Booking a vacation on short notice can cost you big bucks -- airlines, hotels and car rental companies often charge a hefty premium when you book last minute. But with the right tools and careful research, travelers can still catch some great deals this summer.

Travel experts recommend that if a summer trip is in your plans you should book sooner rather than later. But if it's down to the wire, here are five tips that can help with last minute summer getaway plans.

7 days ago

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1 week ago

Haitian kids exploited by tradition – The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery

Editor's note: "Common Dreams", which aired on CNN at the weekend, can now be viewed online in its entirety. Find out more about how you can help the Haitian children at

A Grammy Award-winning musician and actor is using his star power to help rescue children being exploited in Haiti, a nation founded by freed slaves.

In a Freedom Project documentary, Common shines a light on the plight of the Restaveks, the estimated 300,000 children working as domestic servants in Haiti.

The United Nations says the deeply rooted practice is a form of modern-day slavery.

Common said, "I just felt like I was Beds For Sale Port Elizabeth entering another place, another world I had never experienced, and I really had to prepare my mind to be in it."

In Haiti, he met children who are forced to work long hours and denied an education. He also met a team dedicated to securing their freedom.

"Often you speak to them, their heads are down, they don't make eye contact. Most of all, they feel very inferior and that carries them into adulthood," Common said.

"We have a nation where the children who become adults have very little skills. They are illiterate, and they are not integrated into Haitian culture."

The practice of Restavek - from a French word meaning "to stay with" - began with the noble intentions of educating children from rural villages. But over the years, the practice has become twisted. The result is that many children are now exploited rather than helped.

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As poverty and misrule held back Haiti over the decades, the chances to go to school became fewer. The Restavek system remained, with children being forced to work instead of receiving an education.

Even when an earthquake almost two years ago devastated large parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, the Restavek system remained.

In view of the still-destroyed presidential palace is a tent city with trash piled up in the streets, where children can be seen working. Many of them are Restaveks in forced labor, not kids helping mom or dad.

Among them is a 12-year-old girl whose back is scarred from months, possibly years, of carrying water for 30 minutes over rough ground to the canvas-walled home where she lives.

Find out why celebrity photographer Steven Taylor joined the project

The Restavek Freedom Foundation tries to get the children into school to help make their lives a little easier and their futures brighter.

Haitian-born New Yorker Fabiola Desmont goes searching out Restavek homes, trying to convince the adults that the children should be in school, not working.

At one home, a man was persuaded to let his Restavek child go to school. The child's eyes lit up. But not everyone is able to see the system is wrong.

Common said, "The children are removed from their parents and sent to live with other families where the adults treat them like slaves. They do not get to go to school or enjoy themselves.

"They can encounter mental, physical and emotional abuse with these families. It's a tough situation for me to see them (in), but imagine what it is like to be the kid - it's much tougher for them.

"Restavek Freedom tries to reason with the adults looking after these children, and tries to get them into a better environment.

"We were going (into homes) to say 'it's a child's right to learn.' It will help Haitian society, but some of them could not see that.

"We talked to little kids about what they wanted to do. Some said they wanted to do something great; others dreamed of going to school. Everyone should be allowed to fulfill their dream."

1 week ago

Travelzoo Opens Office in Canada

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 15, 2006--Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), a leading Internet media company, today announced that it is expanding into Canada. Travelzoo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Bartel, said that the company will open an office in Toronto, Canada, on April 3.

"The opening of our Toronto office is part of our international expansion and our strategy to transform Travelzoo into a global media brand," said Bartel. "We currently have over 156,000 Canadians subscribing to our U.S. publications and now is a great time for us to fully expand our reach and publish qualified travel deals specifically for the Canadian market. In addition, this also broadens opportunities for U.S. advertisers to offer travel deals from Canada."

Travelzoo's new office will be located at the Canada Trust Tower, 161 Bay Street, 27th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1, Canada.

Travelzoo currently has five offices in the U.S., an office in London, U.K., and an office in Munich, Germany.

About Travelzoo

Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO) is a leading Internet media company. Travelzoo's media properties, which reach more than nine million subscribers in the U.S. and the U.K., include the Travelzoo(R) Web site (, the Top 20(R) e-mail newsletter, the Newsflash(TM) e-mail alert service and SuperSearch(TM), a travel search engine. Travelzoo publishes offers from more than 500 advertisers. Travelzoo's deal experts review each offer to find the best travel deals and confirm their true value.

Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. These forward looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions, markets in which we participate and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts. When used in this press release, the words "expect," "predict," "project," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "seek" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward looking statements. Because these forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements, including changes in our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions and other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC. We cannot guarantee any future levels of activity, performance or achievements. Travelzoo undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Travelzoo and Top 20 are registered trademarks of Travelzoo Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective owners.

1 week ago

Airport Link

AIRPORT LINK is a private pre-booked, door-to-door transfer service that offers passengers peace of mind and convenience. Our main business is transporting passengers to and from O.R. Tambo, Lanseria, Durban and Cape Town Airports.

We service all areas of the greater Gauteng Region, as well as the Cape Town and Durban areas through an associate operation. We can also take passengers to and from different points within Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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Our Office is manned 24 hours per day, 365 days per year

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We guarantee to handle all bookings received by 16:00 the day prior to travel

We monitor arrival times of all flights, and will meet your flight whatever the delay

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