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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Things in April [2]

More news nuggets dug up in April:

AprilA digest of news headlines in April*
  1. Mehmet Ali Talat has become the first Turkish Cypriot leader for decades to walk down Nicosia's Ledra Street into Greek Cypriot territory, and Greek and Turkish Cypriots have teamed up on their divided island to save endangered wild donkeys.
  2. Most "terrorism" is over land, not religion.
  3. The idea of lighting the Olympic torch at the ancient Olympian site in Greece and then running it through different countries was invented in its modern form by the German Nazis.
  4. The German voiceover actor who dubs the voice of a grotesque Gestapo officer in an old British comedy series also does the voice of Leonardo di Caprio.
  5. The language of space is English.
  6. The UK Treasury is facing a £3.5m bill, because of a teacake.
  7. The books about Britain's most famous secret agent James Bond were all written in Jamaica.
  8. The UK's most valuable tree is the plane.
  9. England celebrated William Shakespeare's 444th birthday, which coincides with St George's Day, while the Tarkan Deluxe blog celebrated its 4th birthday, which opened in 2004, on the 4th month of the year.
  10. A travel writer in his travels in South America, after having sex with a waitress on a table after hours, reviewed the restaurant with the words "the table service is friendly".
  11. Rice was once considered so important in Japan that it was worshipped as a god.
  12. Members of the US Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe a man must marry at least three wives in order to ascend to heaven.
  13. Being clean can improve your mental health.
  14. Vitamins can be bad for you.
  15. A mother's diet at conception influences the gender of her baby and only about 86% of fathers attend the birth of their children in the UK.
  16. Craniofacial Duplication is a condition where the sufferer has two sets of eyes, noses and lips.
  17. Although today more people in the world are starving than ever before, even more people are overweight. The proportion of people in England classified as obese rose from 14% in 1994 to 24% in 2006 among men and from 17% to 24% among women, while studies suggest belly fat creates more fat.
  18. Bowleggedness is called genuvarum.
  19. Astronauts at the International Space Station must spend two hours a day exercising their legs.
  20. A drunk Russian failed to notice he had been stabbed in the back, until his wife noticed the knife's handle sticking out.
  21. It costs $100,000 to hunt a rhino in South Africa.
  22. A gourmet coffee blended from animal droppings is being sold at a London department store for £50 per cup.
  23. Two British men have been found guilty of harassing a dolphin.
  24. A cat, rescued from a blazing house, was resuscitated by firefighters using a child's oxygen mask.
  25. Scientists can control the brains of flies.
  26. Goldfishing is a term used in TV, when a shot shows someone talking, but the sound isn’t faded up.
  27. The world's longest-running factory is in Derbyshire.
  28. Each year 40,000 people pay homage at the California garage where the founders of Hewlett Packard started out.
  29. Most popular musical instrument in schools? The violin.
  30. Elvis visited Britain.

* (Pictures from left to right) 1. Retired Gurkha soldiers salute a photo of Queen Elizabeth II outside an asylum and immigration tribunal in London waiting to hear an appeal against the refusal to settle 15 Gurkhas in the UK; 2. An image released by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the Earth submerged beneath a throng of satellites and space junk. The pictured debris is in low-Earth orbit. There is even more orbiting further out; 3. People in England are complaining of smells drifting across the English Channel from Europe; 4. A new work by graffiti artist Banksy appears in central London - ironically completed within sight of a CCTV camera; 5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a raunchy sex farce starring British comedian Russell Brand, has found American box office success; 6. Plastic Popes - souvenir shops turned out an array of mementos to mark Pope Benedict XVI's visit the United States.

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