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16:27 UK time, Wednesday, 8 June 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

The Independent's most popular article asks about the emotional turmoil that film censors go through.

This follows a film called the Human Centipede II that has been banned by the British Board of Film Classification. The organisation says as many as 14,000 films are deemed not suitable for a British audience per year. The board doesn't have experts on violence or pornography as people would get distracted or jaded if the films they watched weren't varied. But the turmoil comes from a surprise culprit.

"It's not the hardcore pornography and violence," said the "insider" to the Independent. "It's children's DVDs --having to watch five hours of Ivor The Engine."

In More Intelligent Life's most popular article Bill Ridgers finds new research which shows that the big decisions in life can be made by seemingly trivial things like a full bladder.

"A full bladder, apparently, helps us take more rational, long-term decisions. At least that was the finding of a study carried out by Mirjam Tuk, a professor at the University of Twente in the Netherlands."

This goes against research which suggests our decision-making capabilities become weaker the more we use up our reserves of self control. Ridgers says all the research on decision making seems to have one assumption - that we are not in control of making decisions, just good at coming up with reasons for our actions afterwards.

British cruise passengers claim seven hours of US security checks, for a 10-hour stop over, were an act of revenge according to the Telegraph's most popular article.

The paper reports passengers say that extra checks were carried out after what had been a minor spat over allegedly overzealous security.

Up to 2,000 elderly British cruise ship passengers docked at Los Angeles for a short stop-off during a five-star two-and-a-half month cruise around America. Despite having advance clearance and already stopping in the US, they went through finger-print and retina scans.

Washington Post readers prefer to catch up on the search for clues as to which Navy Seal shot Osama Bin Laden.

So far they've whittled it down to someone who "may be" between 26 and 33. That's based on the combination of athleticism and experience needed. More vague assertions that it is a man and he is most probably white are made because of the intake of the Seals. But then the speculation gets a lot more specific "He's got a lot of upper-body strength. Long arms. Thin waist. Flat tummy."

Their profile continues to be built by a navy Seals biographer: "He's bearded, rough-looking, like a street urchin". In reality though the identity of the Seal may never be known, the article says. That's because he may become a target from a counter-attack.

A popular Forbes article urges you not to banish your crazy business idea before it has even begun. It backs up the encouragement with a list of their search of "million dollar businesses you've never heard of".

Among them are geese police - a business which gets rid of geese from golf courses with the help of a herd of border collies. Then there's Black Socks who ship Italian-made socks automatically a few times a year. These are making their money despite their niche ideas.

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