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Saturday, August 03, 2013

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Keeping track of honey bees
Keeping track of honey bee numbers/August 2013

  1. We still don't know why honey bees are dying out.
  2. Researchers say that camping for a week can reset the biological clock that governs our sleeping patterns.
  3. The Volkswagen Golf is one of the best-selling cars of all time.
  4. The carriages of the Orient Express are the same today as the ones Agatha Christie's Poirot would have travelled on in Murder on the Orient Express - if he wasn't fictional.
  5. An 82 year-old has made the headlines with his passion for photographing street graffiti.
  6. Research carried out this year by an American university showed that speaking roles for women in films are at their lowest levels for five years.
  7. In the last 60 years, the British attitude to sex at work has changed drastically. But why have sex at work, when you can "Bang With Friends" via an app?
  8. Terms like "bipolar", "autistic" and "schizophrenic" are often used in jest to describe character traits, but it can trivialise serious suffering. We often loan words with traits to trivialise. A woman who is in a relationship with a much younger man is called a "cougar". Online abuse is known as "trolling".
  9. Thousands of DNA profiles of suspected sex offenders are being deleted from the British national database because of Home Office incompetence, political rivals claim.
  10. Half the population of Miracle Village in south Florida are sex offenders.
  11. The royal footman who announced the royal birth last week has been sent back to India, because the Home Office refused to renew his visa.
  12. The Queen of England had a "final" speech prepared before the outbreak of a nuclear war, prepared for a military exercise in 1983, which had remained secret until now.
  13. The Bank of England sold looted Nazi gold on the eve of the Second World War.
  14. Three British soldiers have recently died during so-called "aptitude" training.
  15. A Saudi website founder has been sentenced to 600 lashes and 7 years in prison for challenging Islam.
  16. In Britain, a Church of England school has banned girls from wearing skirts as part of its uniform policy.
  17. In 2011, Alan Graham, a UK farmer who allowed pop singer Rihanna to film in his grain field told her to cover up after she stripped down for a video, because he thought it was unacceptable.
  18. It is illegal for clothing retailers to make money off a famous person's image without permission.
  19. In Britain, one of the effects of the alcopops culture has been that admissions to hospital for alcoholic liver disease for the under 30s has increased by 112% over the past 10 years - something which had previously been unheard of.
  20. A supermarket in England has encouraged shoppers to stock up on alcohol to celebrate Ramadan.

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