Things in February 
- Young dinosaurs were prey to a giant frog.
- Double-income families are not a modern invention - in prehistoric times, they were the norm.
- Lourdes is a massive Roman Catholic pilgrimage site with more hotels than any other French city, except Paris.
- Religious police in Saudi Arabia banned the sale of Valentine's Day gifts including red roses.
- A Swiss national is serving a four-year jail term in Dubai after three poppy seeds from a bread roll he ate at Heathrow airport were found on his clothes.
- A Rio Carnival float which portrayed the bodies of naked victims of the Holocaust was banned after Jewish leaders in Brazil sought an injunction.
- A US lawyer has been charged with assault for over-vigorously shaking the hand of a fellow attorney in Florida.
- Harry S Truman, former US president, has no middle name - his advisers insisted he insert an initial between his first and last names if he was to have any credibility with US voters.
- The mayor of a small town in Texas has resigned after secretly keeping her neighbour's dog while pretending it had died.
- Allowing a nine-year-old captive elephant to become pregnant is the equivalent of allowing a 12-year-old girl to become pregnant, animal rights groups say.
- A leading US inventor has predicted that machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029.
- Longevity of life may be influenced by diet, genes and faith.
- The age at which we are most vulnerable to depression is 44, while a 70-year-old who is physically fit is, on average, as happy and mentally healthy as a 20-year-old.
- Compared to most other western European countries, English pupils are extremely early starters in the classroom.
- The Super Bowl, the championship game of America's National Football League (NFL), is the world's richest single sporting event.
- Astronomers believe there may be hundreds of undiscovered worlds in outer parts of our Solar System.
- Only about 4% of the world's oceans remain undamaged by human activity.
- Sewage systems and water mains were one of the great achievements of the nineteenth century.
- Every year, the world's deserts produce 1,700 million tonnes of dust.
- Australia has apologised for the treatment of the native Aboriginal people.
* (Pictures from left to right) 1. Fidel Castro, the target of many CIA assassination plots, has officially stepped down as Cuba's president; 2. Some 15% of people in the UK seeking help over forced wedlock are male; 3. A detailed map highlighting the world's hotspots for emerging infectious diseases; 4. A rare white stag has been observed on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands; 5. A material that is able to self-repair even when it is sliced in two has been invented by French researchers; 6. The Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who is credited with introducing the Beatles and other stars to ancient Hindu meditation methods, has died.