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A Taiwanese man got so fed up of his wife’s nagging that he decided to stage a robbery so that he could go to jail to avoid her.

world Updated: Nov 23, 2012 00:58 IST

Man gets arrested to escape wife
Kuala Lumpur: A Taiwanese man got so fed up of his wife’s nagging that he decided to stage a robbery so that he could go to jail to avoid her.

According to the Nanyang Siang Pau, 36-year-old restaurant owner, identified only as Bai, entered a convenience store in Taichung city, Taiwan, recently and shouted at the workers: “I am here to rob. Call the police!”

Then he bought a packet of cigarettes and smoked outside the store, while waiting for the police to arrive, the Star Online reported.

He was released by the police later when they found out that he had no intention to commit a crime. ANI

Glasses that prevent jet lag
London: In good news for frequent flyers, researchers have developed new ‘time-control’ spectacles which they claim reset the body clock to overcome jet lag and insomnia.

The high-tech glasses emit a soft green glow which works on the human body clock to change our sleep patterns.

Using the device, called the Re-Timer, means long-haul air passengers can step off the plane feeling fresh, even after flying over long distances. PTI

Customs followed for Osama’s burial
Washington: The burial at sea of Osama bin Laden, killed in a raid by the US Navy SEALs in Pakistan, followed traditional Islamic procedures and no sailors watched it, according to newly released military e-mails.

“Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed,” said one e-mail, adding, “The deceased’s body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag, a military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker.”

“After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body slid into the sea.” PTI

JFK speech to be auctioned
London: A 1960 speech written for US President John F Kennedy which was scooped up out of an aeroplane rubbish bin is expected to fetch £3,000 at an auction here.

The speech dates back to the days before JFK became the 35th President of the US and was serving as senator for Massachusetts.

The manuscript was penned by one of JFK’s speech writers but has numerous scribbles and annotations from the future president scrawled across the page, the Daily Mail reported.

It was found by cleaner Arne Swanson as she tidied an American Airlines plane after he had landed at Chicago Midway Airport in September 1960.

Swanson took the speech home with her and it remained in her attic for almost 50 years. PTI

Asparagus can help fight diabetes

London: Asparagus, a popular vegetable, could be a powerful new culinary weapon in the fight against diabetes as it controls blood sugar, a new study has found.

Scientists have found regular intake of the vegetable keeps blood sugar levels under control and boosts the production of insulin, the hormone that helps body to absorb glucose.

Type two diabetes, which accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases, is emerging as a major health burden, the Daily Mail reported.

It can raise the risk of heart attacks, blindness and amputation, however, if doctors catch it early, it can be well controlled with diet and medication.

Once known as ‘late onset’ diabetes, since it only tended to strike from middle-age onwards, doctors are now beginning to see patients in their teens and twenties with the condition.

Scientists at the University of Karachi in Pakistan made the findings. PTI