BRASILIA - The mayor of a small Brazilian town has begun handing out free Viagra, spicing up the sex lives of dozens of elderly men and their partners.
"Since we started the free distribution of sexual stimulants, our elderly population changed. They're much happier," said Joao de Souza Luz, the mayor of Novo Santo Antonio, a small town in the central state of Mato Grosso.
Souza Luz said 68 men over the age of 60 had already signed up for the program, which was approved by the town's legislature and has been dubbed "Happy Penis," or "Pinto Alegre" in Portuguese.
And to think, in this country we make our pensioners pay Council Tax and TV licences, and we have the temerity to describe ourselves as "civilised".
Still, it's a damn good explanation for story number two from Brazil today...
PASSO FUNDO - Geneticist Adil Pacheco took blood samples on Friday from three puppies in a poor neighborhood in Passo Fundo in southern Brazil to settle a dispute over a claim they were born from a cat...
...Cassia Aparecida de Souza, 18, said her cat Mimi had given birth to the three puppies as well as three kittens, which did not survive. And she, her husband Rogerio Jorge da Silva, 26, and several others in the town believe a neighborhood mutt named Dog is the father of Mimi's pups.
This may seem like a suspicious story, until we consider the possibility that that Ms. de Souza's granny has accidentally mixed up the worming tablets with a more potent preparation.
No wonder Mimi looks stunned.
Update!: Sadly, I must report that the tale of Mimi's canine kittens is a hoax.
In other news, Flying Rodent is sad to inform you that Santa Claus does not exist.