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Monday, June 11, 2007

Things to Ponder

  1. Discrimination in America's deep south is rising.
  2. A Jihadi ideology is growing in the UK.
  3. In 1973 Naples in Italy was the last major European city to suffer a cholera epidemic.
  4. The largest unmarked mass grave from the First World War to be discovered in modern times has been found in northern France.
  5. It's the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war.
  6. In the course of Israel's creation in 1948 and its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, more than half the Arabs of pre-1948 Palestine are thought to have been displaced.
  7. The former East Germany's Ministry of State Security is known as the Stasi.
  8. Research on over-65s has shown that regular resistance training appears to reverse signs of ageing in the muscles.
  9. Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water and may even have extra health benefits, say researchers.
  10. A New England Journal of Medicine study has said the risk of throat cancer was almost nine times higher for people who reported oral sex with more than six partners.
  11. A study shows that women can't read maps.
  12. An adopted woman won $100,000 (£50,000) on a reality TV show by correctly spotting her real father and was then reunited with her real mother as an added bargain.
  13. To build a car out of cake can take eight people 10 days to make.
  14. Mundanity is a currency for historians.
  15. A smoking ban may cause more people to smoke.

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