World in brief

Gender: ‘M,’ ‘F,’ or ‘X’

Australians are now able to state their official gender on their passports as ‘x,’ male, or female. This third gender category will not require people to have undergone gender reassignment surgery. According to Australia’s Attorney-General Robert McClelland, this option would be available to transgendered or intersex Australians who could get a doctor’s note of support to that effect. Australia’s transgender and intersex community hopes that similar legislation will be introduced for birth certificates, which still require Australians to undergo surgery to change their documented genders.

Weekend at Bernie’s III?

Jeffrey Jarrett had the worst friends ever. The 43-year-old Denver man’s dead body was found in his home by his friend Robert Young who, instead of calling the authorities, went to see his buddy Mark Rubinson at the restaurant where he works. The pair went back to Jarrett’s house, stuffed his dead body in the trunk of a Lincoln Navigator, and painted the town red on their deceased friend’s dime. Young and Rubinson went to two bars and withdrew hundreds of dollars from Jarrett’s ATM card at a strip club. At 4 a.m., when no more fun was to be had, they told a police officer that Jarrett might be dead. Young and Rubinson are being charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation.

Redheads’ sperm in low demand

Cryos, the world’s largest sperm bank, has started to turn away redheaded donors because the demand for their sperm is too low. The organization’s director Ole Schou told Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet that an increase in donations has allowed Cryos to become much more selective. According to the Danish sperm bank’s records, the biggest importer of sperm from redheaded donors is Ireland, where Schou says they sell “like hot cakes.” Sperm from brown-haired and brown-eyed donors was most in demand by Cryos, which has a large Spanish, Italian and Greek customer base.

Little Gordon Ramsay

Chef Gordon Ramsay’s dwarf lookalike Percy Foster was found dead in a badger’s den in Wales. The three-foot-six man also starred in adult films which, Foster has said, pay celebrity lookalikes really, really well. According to Foster, “dwarf lookalikes are as rare as hen’s teeth and can command top dollar.” Foster, 35, was able to afford a new BMW and a diamond-encrusted Soda Stream, an at-home soda maker. Authorities are investigating the circumstances of Foster’s death, and have not ruled out suicide.

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