Weird News: Useful Excuses for Labor Day

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The statistics get even uglier, enough to shake any marriage-minded lover. Thirty percent of men and 23 percent of women have had sex with a friend of their girlfriend or boyfriend. Moreover, nearly 70 percent of both genders say they've lied about past sexual romps.

Excuse to drink beer: Dutch researchers believe they have proved that beer in moderation is better for men than red wine or other alcoholic beverages when it comes to preventing heart disease or even cancer.

The Dutch Nutrition and Food Research Institute studied 111 men and concluded that beer contains vitamin B6, which prevents the build up the chemical homocysteine, believed to be one of factors in heart disease. Wine and spirits did not have this effect to the same extent, they said.

Excuse to drink beer on dates: Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder, according to the research by Scottish psychologist Barry Jones.

In a study involving 80 Glasgow University students, he found men and women who had consumed a moderate amount of alcohol found the faces of the opposite sex 25 percent more attractive than their sober counterparts.

While the "beer goggles" concept is hardly a surprise to any drinker, it's nice to back that up with scientific research.

Excuse to stay in bed: Scientists have long known that adequate sleep is important for memory. Now German scientists are saying sleep is critical even for motor skills as simple as finger tapping.

Scientists writing in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences taught students different finger-tapping sequences. Students who got eight hours sleep performed 35 percent faster and made 30 percent fewer errors than those who didn't get sleep.

If you can trust kids to tap their fingers on short rest, I'll just stay home and play tiddlywinks.

Excuse to sleep on the couch: Good rest is critical to good health, and where do married men get their best rest? According to customer surveys from furniture giant Ikea, 72 percent of men claim they sleep better on the couch, as opposed to 27 percent who sleep best next to their wife.

Excuse to read in the bathroom: Some say it's bad manners. Some say it's uncleanly. Nevertheless, everybody's doing it. Research from the Quilted Northern toilet paper company reveals that 92 percent of Americans regularly read in the bathroom. The survey also shows that 48 percent of users spend potty time talking on the phone. Another 3 percent write letters on the commode.