'Sex Theme Park' Introduces the Spankometer

Published April 18, 2007

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This theme park offers wild rides ... and we're not talking bumper cars.

The Amora Academy of Sex and Relationships opened in the British capital Wednesday promising thrills of the amorous kind, the London Sun reports.

Within its plush confines is a veritable cornucopia of boudoir behavior, from lessons on how to do a striptease to a display on spanking called the "Spankometer."

And though the British press has already labeled the Amora the "Sex Theme Park," organizers hope visitors will expand their horizontal horizons.

"We want people to go away thinking wow, I've really learnt something," said Sarah Brewer, the academy's director.

But the exhibits may have the more prudish patron seeing red.

"Sex shouldn't be embarrassing," Brewer said. "It's a very important part of human nature and if you get embarrassed about it, you can't explore and enjoy it properly."

Swedish Hospital Says After a While, Crocodile

It sounds like one of those brain teasers.

Respiratory equipment in a Swedish hospital's neonatal unit seemingly turns itself on and off for no apparent reason.

Officials are flummoxed until they look at the staff's feet.

Blekinge Hospital in southern Sweden plans to ban Crocs from the building, blaming the plastic shoes for interfering with hospital equipment, the Local reports.

"Everybody generates static electricity," said Björn Löfqvist, a hospital spokesman. "But it usually loses its charge, either by disappearing through one's shoes or elsewhere."

Swedish hockey legend Peter "Foppa" Forsberg first imported the shoes to the Scandinavian nation, leaving the populace to dub them "Foppatoffels." Hospital officials say the shoes can be charged with 25,000 volts of electricity because plastic acts as an insulator.

"We are going to recommend that hospital management bans these slippers," Löfqvist said. "There have more than likely been more incidents — both here and at other hospitals — where people have not made the connection with Foppatoffels."

They Hate to Fly and It Shows

LONDON (AP) — Passengers on a British Airways flight from New Delhi to London were delayed about 13 hours when members of the cabin and flight crew reported they were too sleepy to fly, a company spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Crew members said they had not slept enough because of noise at their hotel, said Laura Goodes, a BA spokeswoman.

A report Monday in the Hindustan Times had quoted airport officials as saying the pilot "felt sleepy."

"The crew hadn't had enough rest. The safety regulations of British Airways don't allow them to operate in such conditions," the newspaper quoted BA spokeswoman Rhadika Raikhy as saying. "The entire crew had a disturbed night."

The flight's 210 passengers, who had not boarded the plane, were sent to hotels. Each was booked a separate room, but passengers at one hotel were forced to double up after rooms ran out, Goodes said.

"There's a lot of anger and outrage here," one passenger, Neal Thapar, told The Times of London earlier. Thapar, a public relations consultant from London, said he had to share a double bed with a man he had never met.

Goodes said the company would apologize to passengers.

Don't Feed the Monkeys and Don't You Dare Stare at the Chimps

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — We all know not to feed the animals when visiting the zoo. Now the Antwerp Zoo has urged visitors to please stop staring at the chimpanzees.

New rules have been posted outside the chimp enclosure at the city zoo urging visitors not to form a bond with a particular male chimp named "Cheetah." He was raised by humans but is now bonding with the seven other apes at the park, a zoo official said Wednesday.

"We ask, we inform our daily visitors and other visitors that one of the monkeys is particularly open for human contact," zoo spokeswoman Ilse Segers told AP Television News. "He was raised by humans in a family and therefore we are trying to integrate him, to try to get more social integration with the group."

She said Cheetah's continued interaction with humans was "delaying the social integration of the animal in the group," and isolating the ape from the others.

A sign posted on the glass enclosure asks onlookers not to stare at the apes. "Look away when an animal seeks to make contact with you, or take a step back," it says. "Some individuals are more interested with visitors than their own kind."

Segers said the zoo was not barring visitors from looking at the chimps altogether. "Of course eye contact is not forbidden. We have more than 1 million visitors a year and of course they are very welcome still to have a look at the animals."

The 164-year-old Antwerp Zoo is one of Europe's oldest animal parks, attracting around 1.3 million visitors a year.

Woman Decides to Start Again After eBay Bidders Price Life at $880

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Things did not work out as planned for a St. Paul woman who, wanting a fresh start, sought to sell nearly all her possessions on eBay.

Lisa Perry, 45, had hoped to sell everything in one huge auction. She had said she wanted a fresh start, and was embracing the Buddhist principles of "releasing attachment to things."

Bidding this week on eBay topped out at $880, well under her $2,000 reserve. So, she decided to break up 300-plus items into smaller lots and try selling her possessions on eBay and on Craigslist.

Perry had received a high bid of $2,325. She updated her auction Web page to say she would give proceeds over her reserve to the family of a fallen soldier. But eBay frowns on charity auctions, and pulled her sale with two days left to go.

She put the sale back up, but then the bidding topped out at $880.

She says she still wants to get rid of her things and head west with her dog and cat.

Compiled by FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel.

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