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  • Timothy Thompson ended up wearing an orange jumpsuit on his wedding day. (Porter County Sheriff’s Department)An Indiana man just released from jail was sent back after being pulled over for speeding to his own nuptials, reports the Northwest Indiana Times.

    Timothy N. Thompson, 23, was sent to the Porter County jail, from where he said he had been released earlier the same day.

    In addition to speeding at an estimated 100 mph, Thompson was cited for resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and reckless driving in his Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    But Thompson, who did not make the ceremony, did manage to evade police long enough to pull into the church parking lot where his wedding was about to take place.

    Three of Thompson's relatives began "flailing their arms and yelling at him," to which Thompson responded by accelerating, doing a "doughnut" and "creating a thick blanket of tire smoke," according to the police report obtained by the Times.

    When finally pulled over by the police, Thompson did not deny speeding. He reportedly told them he was running late for his wedding and had turned on his

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  • Sussing out an effective dose of humulone in beer is no small task (Reuters)Got a cold? Treat yourself to a cold one.

    A new study, reports Agence France-Presse, suggests that a chemical compound in beer can help the human body fight the virus behind the common cold.

    Of course, there are some important caveats. First, the study was conducted and published by Sapporo Breweries, a Japanese beer manufacturer, through its Sapporo Medical University. And secondly, an adult would have to drink about 30 cans of beer to get enough humulone, the compound said to have anti-viral properties.

    The humulone found in hops, one of beer's three main ingredients, gives the alcoholic drink its signature bitter taste.

    Still, if the research holds up under scrutiny, the extraction of humulone could have potential medical benefits. As AFP reports, scientists at the university said the compound was effective in curbing the respiratory syncytial virus.

    "The RS virus can cause serious pneumonia and breathing difficulties for infants and toddlers, but no vaccination is available at the

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  • True story: As part of a scientific project, a chimp born in captivity in 1973 was raised by a family in New York City and learned to communicate through sign language. But the chimp couldn't fit in with humans and, when returned to life with other chimps, couldn't fit in as a primate either.

    Ultimately, after a tragic turn that led him to be a caged test subject in a medical lab, the chimp, named Nim Chimpsky, died prematurely at 26. In the wild, apes can live to be as old as 60.

    Nim Chimpsky (ABC News)

    The controversial experiment from the 1970s is being revisited in the film "Project Nim," which had a limited theatrical release last year and is being shown on HBO Dec. 20.

    Nim was taken from his mother at the Institute for Primate Studies in Oklahoma and brought to New York City by Columbia psychology professor Herb Terrace. Terrace had a former student, Stephanie LaFarge, raise him as she had her other seven children, even breast-feeding him.

    Nim learned to sign and do human stuff, like sleep in a bed

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