Things in March
- Google trends show that in New Zealand people are more likely to search for Coke while in Turkey and India, Pepsi dominates.
- In 1928 the UK Parliament passed the Easter Act which fixes the date for Easter but the law has not been implemented, while in 2008 the United States spent $2bn (£1bn) on Easter chocolate.
- The Greek Orthodox Church considers all common-law marriages to be tantamount to "prostitution".
- The Vatican is putting priests who hear confession through a refresher course and has brought up to date the traditional seven deadly sins by adding seven modern mortal sins.
- A bear has been convicted for theft of honey in Macedonia, Vietnam has banned the sale and possession of hamsters and Cuba prohibits toasters.
- Bolivian officials want the UN to remove the coca plant from its list of dangerous drugs.
- An accountant in England tried to sue Marks & Spencer for more than £300,000 after claiming he injured himself during a shopping trip by slipping on a grape.
- Police in Italy have issued footage of a man who is suspected of hypnotising supermarket checkout staff to hand over money from their cash registers.
- Some French landlords demand sex as rent.
- A genetic study of Latin America suggests male European settlers mated with native and African women, and slaughtered the men.
- Archimedes was murdered over pi.
- It's now believed that the oldest recorded voice was captured on April 9, 1860, 17 years earlier than inventor Thomas Edison.
- Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Angelina Jolie and the Duchess of Cornwall are all distantly related.
- The most frequently used term of abuse in schools is "gay".
- There is strong evidence that exposure to pesticides significantly increases the risk of Parkinson's disease.
- Human beings can detect danger through smell.
- Short men are more likely to be jealous.
- A 4cm hole in the heart is not necessarily fatal.
- Magpies are one of the most hated birds in the UK.
- Sharks can be used to predict storms and dolphins can communicate with whales.
* (Pictures from left to right) 1. A women's rally in Istanbul celebrating International Women's Day; 2. Women bake bread in a traditional oven in south-eastern Turkey ahead of the spring festival of Nowruz - the Farsi word for New Year; 3. Parts of the UK being battered by rain and fierce winds; 4. Plans have been revealed to build a massive pyramid, filled with human remains, on a windswept field near the city of Dessau, eastern Germany; 5.The CND sign which is 50 years old is based on semaphore for N(uclear) and D(isarmament) but it also signifies human despair; 6. Attendance at a Buddhist temple in Japan has increased since the temple's pet, a two-year-old dog, has joined in the daily prayers.