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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Things in December

Here is a list of interesting and oddball things that made the news headlines in December (which will last one second longer than last year - see number 14 below):
  1. There is only one American president, but all former presidents are correctly addressed as "Mr President."
  2. A lawsuit was brought against US President-elect Barack Obama for being too British to become president of the United States.
  3. British monarch King Edward VIII, who reigned for only 11 months, was seeing a mystic known as "The Yorkshire Yogi" during the abdication crisis in 1936 over his wishes to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
  4. Claus von Bulow, acquitted of twice trying to kill his wife with insulin injections in the 1980s, currently lives in London, where he writes book reviews.
  5. A shooting in 1985 led to years of violence in Greece, where young Greeks are nurtured on a mythos of martyrdom.
  6. In ancient Greece, the philosopher Diogenes lived in a tub.
  7. Japanese people do not see cleaning as a demeaning or shameful job.
  8. The Sydney Opera House in Australia was inspired by a peeled orange.
  9. A UK study suggests that men of higher intelligence tend to produce better quality sperm.
  10. Catching a cold sore can put you at risk of Alzheimer's disease.
  11. The bosses of a man suffering from manic depression turned up at his bedside to make him redundant.
  12. A survey suggests highly religious people are suspicious of science.
  13. Dogs get jealous.
  14. December 2008 will last one second longer than December 2007.
  15. You can buy a Jesus piggy bank for Kitschmas Christmas.

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