So...exposing yourself to swine flu isn't a good idea?

File this under "d'oh!" British doctors have begun to advise against having "swine-flu parties" meant to develop immunity to the illness, the BBC reports:

Reports have emerged of people intentionally mixing with friends who have flu.

Their reasoning is that it is best to be infected before the winter when the virus could become more deadly.

Does this qualify for a Darwin Award?


Beijing's exploding subway

Washington, D.C. isn't the only city facing a rash of problems with its subway system these days.

A Beijing train went into "Explosion Mode" on Sunday as a piece of scrap metal touched the electrically-charged third rail, setting off "two explosions in the tunnel":

Just about every last soul on the train started -- in essence -- crapping out, totally unable to believe that this kind of trauma was happening. The train had just managed to approach Fuxingmen when a third explosion was reported. At this point, people just got out of the train the moment the doors opened and got the hell out of the station. Smoke was pretty much everywhere.

The state news media didn't report the story, but it's probably safe to assume Chinese riders, like their counterparts in the United States, might be avoiding front cars for a while.