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Friday, January 08, 2010

Twenty Things of Then and Now

  1. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar which falls on 7 January.
  2. In Minneapolis, in the US, it's your legal duty to help keep the streets clear of snow.
  3. The UK is in the grip of its longest cold snap for almost 30 years, making it the coldest winter since 1963.
  4. Cameras in mobile phones helped coin the term "citizen journalist", while an academic claims people who post intimate details about their lives on the internet undermine everybody else's right to privacy.
  5. Archives suggest that British public mourning goes back to Druidic beliefs, and people in Victorian London dealt with issues similar to people of today.
  6. The man who provided the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman's character in the Oscar-winning film, The Rain Man, died in 2009.
  7. To recite all the digits for the currently determined pi, one number a second, would take more than 85,000 years.
  8. The year 2009 is not the end of a decade to some.
  9. In 1989, 83 million pre-recorded cassettes were sold at the peak of the tape's popularity.
  10. The highest pub in England is the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire.
  11. Killer whales, of which two species have been found in UK waters, are the largest member of the dolphin family.
  12. Threatening to kill a horse could land you in jail, and its also against the law to sexually assault one.
  13. The woman's G-spot - which was nearly called Whipple Tickle - may not exist.
  14. Medical research suggests eye make-up used by the ancient Egyptians had health benefits, while the feet of modern humans are getting bigger.
  15. A dating site has axed 5,000 members for gaining weight over the holiday period.
  16. The threat of swine flu is making us wash our hands more.
  17. The German painter Albrecht Duerer was not left-handed.
  18. The British Union of Fascists had 50,000 members at one point.
  19. A black effigy of US president Barack Obama was found hanging in the home town of former President Jimmy Carter.
  20. Prejudice is regional - and it works both ways.

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