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WE BEG TO DIFFER

Money can't buy happiness, right? Wrong. That is, at least according to a team of researchers from Britain's Warwick University. In fact, says Prof. Andrew Oswald, coauthor of a new study on the subject: "We find a very strong link between [receiving a cash windfall] and higher contentment.... And the more you get, the better you feel." Over the past 10 years, Oswald and his colleague, Jonathan Gardner, tracked 9,000 families and concluded that even a small inheritance - say, $1,000 - was enough to induce "better mental health."

YOU HAVE OTHER PRIORITIES

There will be a delay in your scheduled operations, six elderly men who are patients at Britain's Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Hospital were notified. Reason: They're all pregnant. Or so says a letter each received from the facility advising of the postponement. Later, hospital administrators readily admitted to having made a "human error," blaming "the girl operating the system" for choosing the wrong option.

Silver is, well, golden as the color of choice in new cars

As almost anyone who has bought a car will tell you, its color can be the make-or-break factor. In 2001, the high-tech appeal of silver made that the No. 1 shade for drivers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In the US, post-Sept. 11 patriotism added to the popularity of reds, whites, and blues. That's according to an annual tally by Troy, Mich.-based DuPont Automotive, which markets finishes to the industry. Dupont's 10 most popular car colors in the US (and Europe in parentheses):

1. Silver (Silver/gray)

2. White (Blue, metallic)

3. Black (Black)

4. Medium/dark blue (Green, metallic)

5. Medium/dark green (Blue, solid)

6. Medium red (White)

7. Light brown (Red, metallic)

8. Gold (Red, solid)

9. Bright red (Green, solid)

10. Medium gray (Other shades)

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