February 19, 2020

Sleeping Naked, Oh, and Tanks



Sleeping Naked, Oh, and Tanks
In Odder News

This week's Odder News has it all: the secret to a good night's sleep, Russian romance, and the sale of personal data on the internet.

  • Good news for fans of their birthday suits, bad news for self-conscious insomniacs: according to a Russian state health specialist, sleeping naked is the key to a good night's forty winks.
  • The federal Duma is seeing an initiative to increase the quantity of "quiet hours," extending noise legislation to Sundays and public holidays. During this time, citizens can get some peace to rest, presumably in the buff.
  • Alexander Lukashenko, president of Russia's little-brother-state, Belarus, has termed his country the "Switzerland of the East." This nickname apparently derives from Belarus' neutral stance in international relations. Lukashenko has been holding on to the presidency of Belarus since 1994; Switzerland's president, Simonetta Sommaruga, began about six weeks ago.
  • A Russian soldier recently proposed to his sweetheart using tanks. The best way into a woman's heart, of course, is through armored combat vehicles.
  • Hey, remember a couple of weeks ago when we said that Russian banks' biometric initiatives might be a bad idea? This past week, 20,000 Sberbank customers' personal information was discovered for sale online. Don't say we didn't warn you.
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