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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Things with a View

  1. Chinese script is thousands of years older than previously thought.
  2. Paintings of Buddha dating back at least to the 12th century have been discovered in a cave in a remote area of Nepal's north-central region.
  3. An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the tomb of King Herod, the ruler of Judea while it was under Roman administration in the first century BC.
  4. The first permanent settlement in America was the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia - although many Americans still believe it was in Plymouth, Massachusetts - 13 years later.
  5. A massive star about 150 times the size of the Sun exploded in what could be a long-sought new type of supernova, Nasa scientists have said.
  6. Ceremonies to create new saints have become a regular occurrence at the Vatican, with thousands of pilgrims from around the world travelling to Rome to witness them.
  7. In India parents give up their daughters to a female goddess of prostitution, forcing them into a life of sexual slavery.
  8. Policies were drawn up in over 30 states in the US to sterilise women, men and children who were considered to be physically, mentally or morally 'defective'.
  9. Forces sweetheart Gracie Fields was stripped of British citizenship after World War II.
  10. Local councils will be duty-bound to enforce the new anti-smoking law which comes into effect in England on 1 July.
  11. On the first day of filming Star Wars in the deserts of Tunisia, the country experienced its first major rainstorm in 50 years and a rest day had to be called.
  12. There are 14 different spellings of Mohammed in the top 3,000 baby boy names in the UK, propelling it to number two just behind Jack.
  13. Inhabitants of an isolated jungle village in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu worship Britain's Duke of Edinburgh as a god.
  14. The Spanish national anthem has no words.
  15. It's 1999 in Ethiopia.

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