Hunks leave girls out of pocket

5th May 2000 at 01:00
WOULD you rather your pre-teen girls traded American hunks or Japanese pocket monsters in the playground?

From this week they will have the choice as Boy Crazy!, a collection of 363 cards featuring real, live American males aged 12 to 22, goes on sale in the UK.

The game - dubbed "Pokemon for girls" by its American inventors - involves laying out the cards and guessing which one each of the other players fancies the most. Will it be 6ft 1in Christopher from Utah, with his shades, earrings and weird beard? Or 5ft 9in Daniel from Mississippi, with his sincere, brown eyes and love of cows and animal rights? And will it just be little girls who play?

Seven science pupils at Ecclesfield comprehensive in Sheffield have accused the cosmetics industry of making false claims after their lab tests on products labelled "pH-balanced" showed they were nothing of the sort. Their findings were meaningless and inaccurate sniffed Boots and L'Oreal respectively. But they so impressed a Leeds University chemistry professor that the children won the regional finals of the Salter Science Festival.

Spring has finally come and with it the thwack of leather on willow. But thousands of schoolchildren are playing their first cricket matches of the summer without the helmets that the England and Wales Cricket Board has decided all batsmen should be wearing.

The reason? Manufacturers cannot meet the sudden demand. "We have 6,000 ordered and not a helmet on the premises," said a sports shop in Worcester. Some schools don't want children to share helmets because even young cricketers get nits.

For inner-city schools, meanwhile, the board is introducing "Inter Cricket" - a game that can be played on any surface with a rubber ball with a stitched seam. Perhaps all schools should use the rubber ball until those helmets arrive.

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