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    Can Miss Universe End a Civil War?

    Just two weeks after she beat out 87 other beauty queens from around the world, Colombia’s 22-year-old Paulina Vega may find herself in a bigger role than just Miss Universe. She has found herself in the unique position to be the first beauty-pageant participant, save for Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, to deliver on the most common answer to what is the one most important thing our society needs—world peace.

    Vega offered to help end her country’s 50-year-old civil war between the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group after she donned the crown on Jan. 25. During interviews after her big win, she told the media that “she would be willing to go to Havana so that a peace deal can be signed.”

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    Just Like Mowgli

    Was This Woman Raised By Monkeys?

    In new memoir, Marina Chapman claims to have lived with primates for five years as a child.

    Is the 'Girl with No Name' telling the truth? In a quirky story in The Guardian, Marina Chapman claims she was raised by monkeys for five years in the Colombian jungle after being kidnapped and dumped in the wilderness as a young child. She says learned the primates' screeched warning codes and ate the fruit they dropped. By the time she came across other humans, her hair had grown down to her knees and, she says, she spoke in grunts.

    According to The Guardian, Chapman--who has written a book about her supposed life story--seems to retain remnants of her life in the jungle. Decades later, her arms are still strong and sinewy from climbing trees all day. Her gait is more of a "dance-walk." Apparently, she has certainly led an eventful life, even without the monkeys: she says that the humans who rescued her from the jungle tried to sell her to a brothel. She allegedly escaped, became a street kid, got enslaved as a domestic servent, then finally fell in love, was rescued, and moved to Yorkshire. As the newspaper points out: