No doubt spurred by memories of endless columns of Red Army troops kicking those damn Nazis all the way back to Berlin during the Great Patriotic War, the Russian region of Ulyanovsk is giving big prizes to residents who help to jack up Russia's declining birthrate by participating in a reproductive frenzy. The deal is, women get a half-day off from work on September 12 (dubbed "Day of Conception") in order to get knocked up, and if they happen to give birth on June 12 they can win big prizes... including the Grand Prize of a genuine Ulyanovsk-made UAZ Patriot SUV. [Guardian Unlimited]