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Monday, August 26, 2013

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

be careful how you word your will
Use clear wording when writing your will/August 2013

  1. In 1979, comedian Richard Pryor (who littered his stand-up acts with profanity and use of the n-word) visited Africa for the first time. When he returned to the US from Kenya, he vowed never to use the n-word again.
  2. The word Chicago is thought to be a French version of the word shikaakwa - or Stink Onions - named after the plants that were once common along the Chicago River.
  3. Ambiguous wording can cause trouble for the executors of wills, while in 2006, a shared-faith school in Wrexham had to remove a sign which mistakenly translated the Welsh for staff as "wooden stave".
  4. If you worry about being "out of mobile phone contact" then you may suffer from nomophobia - said to affect 54% of the population in the UK. Elsewhere, technology companies are saying your smartphones can help you clean your house.
  5. Pogonophobia is used to describe an irrational fear of beards, while bangorrhea is the over-use of the exclamation mark in punctuation.
  6. Polyamorous means to have simultaneous intimate relationships with more than one person at a time, with the knowledge and consent of all partners.
  7. Twerking, the name for a raunchy dance move borrowed from hip hop culture, is among the new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary, while dancing is an amazing way of keeping healthy, particularly into our 50s and 60s.
  8. The World Police and Fire Games, which were held in Belfast earlier this month, is vying for the most romantic games as well as friendliest - with four engagements, two honeymoons and one couple who renewed their wedding vows.
  9. Europe's biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, has its roots in the Caribbean and, in particular, the island of Trinidad.
  10. A method of building body parts similar to the way a spider weaves its web has been demonstrated by UK researchers.
  11. Sea buckthorn, which grows in abundance around Scottish coasts, may be the next superfruit.
  12. A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease, but research is divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain.
  13. Taking cocaine can change the structure of the brain within hours, while baking may help lift your mood.
  14. A consumer psychologist says when we are excited by a bargain it interferes with our ability to judge clearly. There is also evidence that shopping when you feel hungry can make you spend more than intended.
  15. One American publisher rejected the manuscript of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" by saying it was difficult to sell animal stories in the US.
  16. Lincoln, in England, is home to one of only four surviving Magna Carta copies - regarded as the cornerstone of liberty in the English-speaking world.
  17. Many people thought Prime Minister Winston Churchill was drunk during his famous "finest hour" broadcast.
  18. The downfall of top Chinese politician Bo Xilai was seen as the biggest political shake-up to hit China's ruling elite in decades.
  19. The German city of Dresden is the first European site ever to be de-listed by UNESCO, which said the bridge marred the view of the city's magnificent baroque palaces.
  20. A rarely seen species of dolphin has made its home off the coast of Wales, according to a conservation group.

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