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Industry just wants you to feel good about yourself.
Why a size 10 is really a size 14 -- FEELING smug, because you still buy the same size clothes as 20 or more years ago? The truth may be rather uglier, thanks to "size inflation": clothes with the same size label have become steadily larger over time. Measurements vary a bit by brand, but research by The Economist finds that the average British size-14 pair of women's trousers is today more than four inches wider at the waist than a size 14 in the 1970s, and over three inches wider at the hips. This means that today's size 14 fits like a former size 18; a size 10 fits like an old size 14. The same "downsizing" has also happened in America where, to confuse matters further, a size 10 is equivalent to a British size 12 or 14, depending on the brand. As the average person's weight has risen over the years, fashion firms have increased the measurements of their garments, partly in the belief that women feel better (and so are more likely to buy) if they can squeeze into their old size.

Speaking of expanding waistlines...
Pizza Hut introduces hot dog stuffed crust pizza in the U.K. -- This gives new meaning to the pizza dog. Pizza Hut, the company that first brought us the stuffed crust pizza, has created new hot dog-stuffed crust that made it's debut this week in the United Kingdom. According to Pizza Hut the concoction is: "Succulent hot dog sausage bursting from our famous stuffed crust, with a FREE Mustard Drizzle," it wrote on its website.

A "real" look inside Foxconn??
Video: Mike Daisey Buster Rob Schmitz Shows How iPads Are Really Made -- Journalism won out over sensationalism when Marketplace's Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz double-checked Mike Daisey's story about Chinese manufacturer Foxconn. Seemingly in return, Foxconn granted Schmitz exclusive video access to the production lines where the new iPad is made.

"Prudent and appropriate."
Stamps rationed by Royal Mail in run up to price rise -- Royal Mail is rationing retailers' purchase of stamps to make sure it benefits fully from the price rise due on 30 April. Royal Mail said the "prudent and appropriate" policy was designed to "protect revenue". Superdrug has been told by Royal Mail that it had reached its full quota. Some retailers are running low as customers buy stamps in bulk before the price rise. A first class stamp will rise in price from 46 pence to 60p.

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