In the mood for love? Forget Viagra, get yourself a Snickers!
At least, that's what Dr. Dora Akunyili says. And anyone who encourages the consumption of chocolate could never tell a lie in our book.
Dr. Akunyili, director of the Federal Agency for Food and Medicine in Nigeria, advised her lovelorn countrymen to steer clear of the popular libido-revving pills, instead suggesting a measured helping of chocolate to get their collective motors running, the AFP reports.
Akunyili backed up her cocoa-crazy claims with a recently published study saying that cocoa beans have qualities that make people want to get it on.
Even though the cited report, which was — coincidentally, no doubt — produced by the country's national committee for cocoa development, might be a little light on scientific proof of its claims, it does note another international instance of cocoa consumption for coital pursuits.
Britain's "Feeding Your Imagination" campaign plans to launch a line of six chocolate energy bars that promise to get you in the mood with food. And if essential oils and bits of chocolate goodness aren't enough to float your boat, these bars will have alluring names like Sexy, Beautiful, Dreamy, Fantastic, Sensual and Lovely to boot.
Since Britons scarf down more chocolate than any other country in the region, they've been pegged as the perfect people to test the burgeoning sex candy market.
And though Akunyili cautioned that all sexy chocolate products will be tested before they hit the local market, she said the tasty treat may be worth even more than a little libido boost — chocolate is an excellent anti-oxidant and is thought to help prevent heart attacks, hypertension and diabetes.
Enough said … Bring on the brownies.
DALLAS (AP) — A former city official who is under investigation in an FBI corruption probe was arrested for public intoxication after claiming he was robbed by naked and scantily clad attackers at a male strip club, authorities said.
Police arrested D'Angelo Lee early Sunday outside Club Knubian Fantaciez, a dance club that becomes an all-nude male revue after midnight. Police said he told them he was attacked by three men, one naked and another in only a towel.
Lee told police the men threw him out of the club, broke his glasses and stole his wallet, though he later found the wallet. Club employees told police they removed Lee, who said he was there picking up women, because he was causing a disturbance. Lee later called the incident "just stupid, just really frivolous" and said he was only trying to get his wallet back.
Lee resigned from the City Plan Commission last year after being targeted in the FBI's corruption investigation into Dallas City Hall. Lee has been accused of voting on zoning cases where he was a paid consultant and not reporting gifts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A home-schooled teenager named Bree is heating up the Internet like few others today.
But is she for real? Or is she merely an actress, and if so, who are the people responsible for mounting the charade?
This Internet whodunit centers on 16-year-old Bree's "Lonelygirl15" online video diaries posted on sites such as YouTube and MySpace. They've caused a cyber-stir not seen since "The Blair Witch Project."
On YouTube, one of the most popular sites for amateur videos, 26,930 people are subscribed to the Lonelygirl15 "channel," meaning they regularly view videos posted there. More than 2.3 million people have viewed Bree's videos, according to YouTube.
Lonelygirl15 started posting her dorky adventures in June, with a video that looked like so many others on the Web. "Bree" is sitting in her typical-looking teenage room, introducing herself and making a variety of goofy faces.
In subsequent "episodes" (so far, she has posted more than 30 videos with the latest entry posted Sept. 10), Bree talks about her parents, her friend Daniel and her "religion," which includes a mysterious ritual Bree has been selected for.
Then, several weeks ago, rumors began to fly that Bree was not a genuine teen blogger at all, but an actress playing a part in scripted and produced drama. The proof, it was said, is that Bree never reacts on-screen to comments posted about her, never wavers from the plot.
So far, even as media attention heats up about her authenticity, Bree has yet to react in her videos.
Fans began to speculate that the videos were part of a big marketing campaign for some movie and bristled at being manipulated by some Hollywood studio.
The marketing theory surrounding Lonelygirl15 was bolstered when amateur sleuths uncovered that the name was trademarked recently by Encino attorney Kenneth Goodfried, who did not return a call seeking comment Monday.
Web detectives also concluded that Bree's MySpace account was being controlled by someone using a computer at the Hollywood talent firm Creative Artists Agency. An agency spokesman did not immediately return a call Monday.
And then came the announcement posted on the mock fan site Lonelygirl15.com stating that Bree was indeed an actress.
"Thank you so much for enjoying our show so far," said the note, signed only "The Creators" and addressed to "our incredible fans."
But in the strange world of Lonelygirl15, nothing can be trusted. Soon after the message was posted, the Web site could not be accessed.
CLAY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man has returned a children's book he checked out of a New England library 60 years ago and paid $440.16 in late charges.
That's $430.16 more than William Vassily, 69, had to pay, since the public library in Portland, Maine caps the fines for late children's books at ten dollars per item.
But the suburban Syracuse man says he paid the extra money in the hope that publicity from his act will motivate people to use libraries, which he calls "a door to the rest of the world."
Vassily says he was nine years old in 1946 when he borrowed a book about a baby whale from the Portland library. He says the book was accidentally packed away 60 years ago when his family moved to New York.
He returned the book last week — 22,008 days overdue. He says he multiplied that number by the penalty for overdue books in 1946 — two cents per day — to come up with the total for his 60-year-old fine.
CHICAGO (AP) — A 79-year-old South Side woman bearing a toy gun and a visor that read "Princess" has been charged with trying to rob a downtown bank.
Melvena Cooke was charged Wednesday with attempted bank robbery. She is free on $4,500 bond and was released into her daughter's custody.
Cooke walked into the Bank of America branch Tuesday morning and told a teller that she'd just come from the dentist and could only speak quietly, according to an FBI affidavit.
As the teller leaned in, Cooke whispered a demand for $30,000 and brandished a gun that turned out to be a toy, the affidavit says. Instead of handing over any money, however, the teller triggered a silent alarm and walked away.
Cooke left empty-handed after several minutes and then ducked into a nearby store, where she was arrested.
Officials said Cooke was dressed for the attempted heist in a black trench coat, sunglasses and a white "Princess" visor.
She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
NEW YORK (AP) — After eight years of playing guitar in nothing but cowboy boots, a hat and a pair of briefs (crudely marked "Naked Cowboy," to point out the obvious), Times Square's most famous street performer is taking his naked ambition to the next level. He's working on a debut album as part of his plan for "dominating the commercial landscape of the world."
The disc, which he's hoping to push out next year — he's not yet hooked up with a record label — is a "little bit country, little bit rock 'n' roll," the Cowboy (real name Robert John Burck) said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
"There'll be blues, R&B down the line and Naked Cowboy — it's its own genre of music," he added.
Some of the tracks have eyebrow-raising titles, the most printable, perhaps, being "Get Your A— Kicked by a Man in his Underwear."
"Every major record label is gonna compete to be the one to represent this project. Once again, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Naked Cowboy," boasted the Cowboy, calling success "guaranteed."
Born in Cincinnati, NC tried his luck in other cities before bringing his act to Manhattan, where he's only been arrested twice — one time for trying to lead the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and another for crashing a red-carpet event. He makes a comfortable living from tips, licensing deals with local novelty stores, TV commercials and "checks from countless people, I don't even know where it's coming from," he said.
The Naked Cowboy predicted that — not if, but — "when" his album is a hit, he'll become "a multi-gazillionaire with castles in every major city."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Taylor Timmins.
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