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10:37 UK time, Monday, 21 March 2011

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

A popular article with Time readers uncovers a lucrative industry in matchmakers. A company called Selective Search charge a minimum of $20,000 (£12,330) to men to set them up on a date. It explains that the men were "hot" and socially well-adjusted.

"Basically, they were older guys, often divorced, who were serious about getting married and having kids and hated dating."

Proving popular in the Independent is a look at our attitude to dirt. It says, depending on your point of view, dirt can be a deadly foe, an unsavoury sight or a mark of authenticity. It goes on to argue that we live in an age of extreme cleanliness but our conflicted feelings about filth are "anything but neat and tidy".

English teacher Andy Selsberg explains in the New York Times' most e-mailed story why he makes his students write their essays on Twitter.

"I don't expect all my graduates to go on to Twitter-based careers, but learning how to write concisely, to express one key detail succinctly and eloquently, is an incredibly useful skill, and more in tune with most students' daily chatter, as well as the world's conversation."

One of Slate's most popular stories asks why no-one wants to be a lawyer anymore. It comes after news that applications for law school in the US are down by 11%. Explanations include economy recovering. When this happens, it argues, people tend to enter the labour market instead of studying. But the main reason put forward is increased publicity of the falling wages for people studying at law school who don't actually want to be lawyers.

The First Post's most read story pictures Berlin Zoo's baby leopard, introduced to the media last week. The north Chinese leopard called Nekama is photographed taking a few cautious steps. The leopard is an endangered species that normally lives alone.

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