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Monday, May 17, 2010

Ten Things of Then and Now

  1. Istanbul's tuneless muezzins are getting voice training.
  2. Israeli security forces have arrested a Turkish charity worker in the West Bank because they suspect he was helping banned groups.
  3. Florence Nightingale's celebrity status always troubled her, and used the pseudonym "Miss Smith" to evade the media.
  4. The resident British Prime Minister's Downing Street black front door was once green, and the original door - now in the Churchill Museum - has its own cleaner.
  5. City pollution, previously linked to poor respiratory health, has now been linked to raised blood pressure.
  6. China smokes one third of the world's cigarettes, snd there are 4.5 trillion cigarette butts discarded each year.
  7. Shakespeare's Henry VIII is considered jinxed because during a performance in 1613, the Globe theatre burned down.
  8. In some countries the 500 euro notes are known as "Bin Ladens" - the banknote everybody knows exists but few, other than criminals, ever see.
  9. Hair is used to clean up oil spills because it is adsorbent (not absorbent).
  10. The term "honeymoon period" has become an accepted phenomenon.

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