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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Things of Extinction

Melted water runs over the Greenlandic Icecap, east to the town of Ilulissat. Some scientists believe that Greenland, with its melting ice caps and disappearing glaciers, is an accurate indication of global warmingMelted water runs over the Greenlandic Icecap, east to the town of Ilulissat. Some scientists believe that Greenland, with its melting ice caps and disappearing glaciers, is an accurate indication of global warming.
  1. Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic priests, members of rival Christian orders, have traded blows at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, with four people reported wounded in the fray.
  2. The number of whales killed by Japanese whalers has steadily risen from about 200 to more than 1,000 planned for this season.
  3. Temperatures are rising faster in the Arctic than just about anywhere else on Earth.
  4. There are dolphins that live in the Amazon River that are pink.
  5. Before the 17th century, carrots used to be purple.
  6. Regarded as a British icon, HP sauce is now manufactured in the Netherlands.
  7. The BBC admitted it had faked a competition winner, on children's programme Blue Peter. It was fined £50,000 by Ofcom, the first such fine in the BBC's history.
  8. Hair turns grey as we age because the melanin producing cells, which give the hair colour, begin to die.
  9. The inventive language created by doctors the world over to insult their patients - or each other - is in danger of becoming extinct.
  10. The Native American tongue of Navajo is a language so obscure that a coded form of it was used in the Pacific islands during World War II.

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