1. Weird

    A Reminder That Coke Isn’t Awesome For You, From The Woman Who Drinks 50 Cans A Day

    In case you are wondering what drinking twice your body weight in Diet Coke a week will do to your health, British Coke addict Jakki Ballan has been there and done that so you don't have to. Unless you're looking for a difficult way to get high, that is.

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  2. Science

    British Penguins Stressed-Out by Excessive Rain Are Taking Antidepressants

    You know how it goes. You're hanging out with all of your penguin buddies, giving rocks as signs of affection, enjoying the snow and being adorable... and then you're in a zoo in Britain in a record-breaking rainy season, and it really bums you out. That's why zookeepers in Britain are slipping their penguins antidepressants.

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  3. Science

    “Miracle Beaver” First British Beaver In 500 Years

    In case you aren't up on your beaver stats, the buck-teethed busybodies have been extinct in their native England for the past 500 years. (And yes, we do mean the animal, that isn't British slang.) But now, in a miraculous turn of events, a beaver has returned once more to the rivers of England.

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  4. Weird

    If You Give A Monkey A Banana, You’re Actually a Terrible Enabler

    A British zoo has made the executive decision to stop giving its monkeys bananas all the time. But before you object, it's not because British people are against the idea of fun and joy. It's because bananas bred for human consumption are basically the monkey equivalent of cake, and it's adversely affecting the monkeys' health.

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  5. Weird

    British Paralympians to Dress Up as Superheroes for Wheelchair Race Because They Are the Best

    World record-breaking wheelchair racer and Paralympian Hannah Cockroft has one race left in the 2013 season. To celebrate her upcoming sabbatical, she's decided to go out with a bang. Possibly also a "Pow!" and maybe a "Klang!" for good measure, because she'll be dressed up as Wonder Woman for the race.

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  6. Tech

    Email Fail: Couple Shares Steamy Sexual Conversation With Entire Office

    A wise man once said that love knows no bounds, but that declaration was obviously made at a time prior to the advent of email. Melanie Anderson and Eric Knisz, an engaged couple working for the Scottish oil company Integrated Subsea Services, learned in the worst way imaginable what happens when one is a bit too quick sending out messages. The two had spent the afternoon exchanging steamy emails back and forth when Anderson wanted to notify her fellow coworkers that the sandwich truck had arrived outside the premises. She accidentally included the emails in her forward, so the entire office learned that lunch was right outside the door and the humiliated couple's bedroom adventure the previous night was pretty "ace."

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  7. Gaming

    British Retail Chain GAME Offers Lock-In Preview Events for Customers, Dead Space 3 First Up

    Too bad none of us gamers here at Geekosystem are living across the pond right now, because if we were, we'd actually have something to look forward to this January. British retail chain GAME -- think GameStop, but with more delightful accents and local idioms -- has recently announced that 18 store locations are geared to host lock-ins: Preview events where customers can sign up to play the hottest upcoming game releases months in advance after GAME's closing hours. This month, GAME has worked with EA and Visceral Games to showcase playable demos of the highly anticipated Dead Space 3. With so many people likely lining up to play one of the most heart-pounding survival horror games in existence, you can bet there will be plenty of terrified shrieks and expletives abound.

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  8. Tech

    “Government Dashboard” iPad App Being Developed For British Prime Minister

    There seems to be no end of possibilities for Apple's iPad tablet: You can explore stonehenge, Orangutans can play with it, cats can slice fruit with it, and you can fake a grievous bodily injury with it. Now, you'll apparently be able to help run a government with one, too. At least, that's the plan for British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is having a specially made "government dashboard" app developed especially for him.

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  9. Tech

    Freedom of Information Request Reveals U.K. City Is Unprepared for Zombie Attack

    Here's an occasion for political alarm if ever their was one: One citizen's Freedom of Information request to the city council of Leicester, England revealed that the city is woefully unprepared for a zombie attack. According to the "concerned citizen" who filed the request, a man by the name of Robert Ainsley, "Having watched several films it is clear that preparation for such an event is poor and one that councils throughout the kingdom must prepare for." BBC:

    "We've had a few wacky ones before but this one did make us laugh," said Lynn Wyeth, head of information governance. The Freedom of Information Act allows a right of access to recorded information held by public authorities. Ms Wyeth said she was unaware of any specific reference to a zombie attack in the council's emergency plan, however some elements of it could be applied if the situation arose.
    (via BBC, Telegraph)

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  10. Science

    Rules for Golfing During a German Bombing

    These temporary rules were posted at Britain's Richmond Golf Club, located 10 miles from London, after German bombs hit the course in 1940. British dry humor was not lost in the face of adversity, even during World War II. (via Boing Boing)

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  11. Entertainment

    British Government Wants to Block Internet Porn, Make It “Opt-In” Only

    Several British media outlets report that there's a growing faction within the government that wants to block access to pornography across "millions of porn sites, chat rooms and bulletin boards" online. Citing concern for children, ministers including communications minister Ed Vaizey have been quietly approaching Internet service providers about setting up automatic blocks for porn sites such that their content is available only on an "opt-in" basis: "Now ministers want to see adult pornography controlled with similar technology, with sites blocked unless people specifically request access to them." The pro-filter faction within the government acknowledges that parental controls for Internet content already exist, but says they are too difficult for most parents to set up. Unsurprisingly, many people who value open Internet principles are alarmed by this proposal:

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  12. Weird

    Iceland Volcano Freezes UK Flights

    The ash from a large volcanic explosion in Iceland has caused the closure of airports in Britain from 12 noon U.K. time (7 a.m. ET) to at least 6pm tonight (U.K. time).

    Additionally, there are currently no flights allowed in British airspace, meaning flying to and from Europe today is going to be a nightmare. It is the largest disruption in air travel since September 11, 2001. This from the New York Times:

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