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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Things of Community

Things from the news headlines involving communities:
  1. A game based on Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon has sparked a new branch of science involving global networks.
  2. An Israeli couple was fined $22 by a court for kissing after getting married in a Hindu ceremony in Rajasthan, India.
  3. Intelligent civilisations are out in space and there could be thousands of them, according to a Scottish scientist.
  4. Many mosques in Mecca point the wrong way for prayers.
  5. In Venezuela used cars can cost more than new ones.
  6. Flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs.
  7. An outbreak of swine flu in 1976 killed one person but a vaccine to combat it killed 25.
  8. Simply measuring a woman's resting pulse rate can predict how likely she is to suffer a heart attack, says a study in the British Medical Journal.
  9. UK government figures for 2009 show there are now 17,900 women in the British armed services.
  10. Having the UK's Union flag upside down historically was a sign of distress.
  11. Adults who are sexually attracted to teenagers are called hebophiles.
  12. A 15 year old boy has been hailed a hero after he helped to save six children aged from five to 15 from their burning house.
  13. There are claims that Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his own ear but lost it in a fight with fellow artist Paul Gauguin in a row outside a brothel.
  14. In the future haggling might become as easy as sending a text message.
  15. Diamonds can be blue.

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