July 22nd, 2003



"ROME (Reuters) - Gorging pizza could help reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer -- Italian scientists say.

In a twist to the accepted medical wisdom that food you really enjoy tends to be bad for you, researchers at a Milan pharmacology center found that eating one or more pizzas a week dramatically reduced the incidence of some types of cancer.

A study of 8,000 Italians found that regular pizza-eaters were 59 percent less likely to contract cancer of the esophagus, while the risk of developing cancer of the colon fell by 26 percent.

"We knew that tomato sauce was protective against certain tumors, but we certainly didn't expect that pizza as a whole would provide such strong protection," researcher Silvano Gallus told Sunday's La Repubblica newspaper."

because, you know, pizza is my favourite food..

The Empire Returns...

"Hello," said the sales woman, "how can I help you?"

"I'm looking for black polish," replied the deep, heavy voice of the man before her, and who was dressed in black body armour, and a long, black flowing cloak. Behind him, like a diseased piece of skin, stood over two dozen men wearing dirty white armour, skull shaped head gear, and holding weapons of the like she had never seen before.

Clearing her throat, she cautiously asked, "What do you wish to use it for?"

"My helmet."