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Friday, January 30, 2009

Things of Others

Oddities of interest in the news headlines:
  1. Turkey was the first mainly Muslim country to recognise Israel, but its special relationship has become strained over the Gaza war - much to the joy of popular Turkish opinion.
  2. Mahmut Aygun, the Turkish inventor of the modern day doner kebab (or gyros as the Greeks call it), has passed away at the age of 87.
  3. In camel racing the jockeys are electronic robots.
  4. Ancient Persians were the first to use chemical warfare against their enemies.
  5. Indonesia is the world's largest exporter of edible frogs.
  6. The bubonic plague still exists.
  7. Knitters around the world have started their own version of street graffiti known as Yarnbombing.
  8. Film-maker Ridley Scott directed the advert for Apple's first Mac computer in 1984.
  9. In the UK, demand for online pornographic movies peaks on Sundays.
  10. Men can break their penis.

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