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Sunday, December 31, 2006

20 Things in 2006

Twenty things some of us didn't know this time last year:
  1. A giant transparent tent that will contain an indoor city will be built in Astana by Turkish development company Sembol.
  2. Women from UK prefer Istanbul to get pregnant.
  3. Disillusioned Japanese tourists to France's capital get afflicted with the Paris syndrome.
  4. The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 for boys. The age for girls was raised to 18 in 2006.
  5. In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.
  6. US President George Bush's personal highlight of his presidency is catching a 7.5lb (3.4kg) perch.
  7. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.
  8. A domestic cat can frighten a black bear to climb a tree.
  9. Humans were first infected with the HIV virus in the 1930s.
  10. Goths, those pasty-faced teenagers who revel in black clothing, are likely to become doctors, lawyers and architects.
  11. The clitoris derives its name from the ancient Greek word kleitoris, meaning "little hill".
  12. Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five litres of cooking oil a year.
  13. Panspermia is the idea that life on Earth originated on another planet.
  14. The Pope's been known to wear red Prada shoes.
  15. Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.
  16. Five billion apples are eaten a year in the UK.
  17. Coco Chanel started the trend for sun tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnt on a cruise.
  18. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666.
  19. Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger.
  20. In answer to the universal question "What came first the chicken or the egg?" the general consensus is the egg came first.

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