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Monday, June 30, 2008

Things in June

Newsy nuggets of June:

JuneA digest of news headlines in June*
  1. The Royal Family costs the equivalent of 66p per person in the UK.
  2. One of the largest mysteries in physics is why time seems to move in one direction.
  3. Nearly all animals are banned from the grounds of the Houses of Parliament in the UK - except dogs and horses.
  4. America is one of only two countries in the world (along with New Zealand) which permit the advertising of drugs that are available solely through a doctor.
  5. Contrary to popular belief, most plastic surgeons do not spend most of their time beautifying patients.
  6. Research suggests the brains of gay men and straight women are similar to each other.
  7. The only DVD rejected by the British Board of Film Classification last year was a boxset of Weeds (broadcast in the UK on Sky One), for promoting drug use - despite more than 1,000 pornographic films being passed.
  8. A fast-food restaurant in Beirut's war-torn southern suburb is made out to look like a military post and diners eat to the sound of gunfire instead of muzak.
  9. A third of Britons have three nights of sleeping difficulties every week.
  10. Spain claimed their first major title for 44 years after winning Euro 2008 with a deserved victory over Germany.

* (Pictures from left to right) 1. The 180ft (54.8m) famous fertility symbol Cerne Abbas Giant of Dorset in England, which depicts a man with an erect penis, is also referred to as the Rude Man; 2. A Briton living in Australia has agreed a bid of more than £192,000 after putting his "entire life" up for sale following a split from his wife; 3. Britain's oldest man, thought to be one of three surviving UK World War I veterans, has celebrated his 112th birthday; 4. British chain Primark is being exposed over the use of child labour in the finishing of cheap clothes; 5. The Ainu constitute one of Japan's most marginalised groups; 6. Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, two top Serbian war criminals wanted for the murder of thousands of Bosnian Muslims are still on the run.

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