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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

The importance of knowing the right time
There is no such thing as the correct time/GETTY.

WTF moments galore: News nuggets nipped, tucked and plucked from the press.

  1. A missing nine-year-old boy was found hiding under his bed after a three hour police search.
  2. Police in Wales paid a burglar's mobile phone bill of £45,000 after he was given the phone by the force.
  3. Security researchers say a wi-fi-enabled sex toy that features an in-built camera can be hacked.
  4. If you typed "cars" into Lycos - a leading search engine in 1998 - you would get a results page filled with porn websites.
  5. The dinosaur Tyrannosaurus Rex was a sensitive lover.
  6. Sci-fi series Doctor Who has revealed its first openly gay companion for the Time Lord, while singer Barry Manilow has spoken for the first time about being gay, revealing he kept his sexuality secret for years out of fear of disappointing his fans.
  7. A development of luxury homes in Cambridge has been daubed with graffiti - written in Latin.
  8. Many of the headlines about French cannibal film Raw over the past few months have focused on people fainting and being given sick bags, much to the director's disappointment.
  9. German skincare brand Nivea has apologised for its "white is purity" deodorant campaign aimed at people in the Middle East.
  10. In another advertising fail, Kendall Jenner's been accused of undermining the Black Lives Matter movement in her new advert for Pepsi. It's been criticised for painting a "privileged, white" supermodel as a peacemaker between civil rights activists and police.
  11. A white two year old girl was questioned by a cashier for buying a black doll and not one that "looked more like her".
  12. US President Donald Trump shook hands with his male Egyptian counterpart during their White House meeting, two weeks after appearing to snub Angela Merkel by refusing to shake her hand. Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump's Equal Pay Day message has fallen flat amid her father's recent removal of protections for women contractors.
  13. An Easter fundraising event which involved lifting members of the public on to a cross for a "full crucifixion experience" has been cancelled over fears of blasphemy in Britain.
  14. Russia's Supreme Court has begun hearing a government request to outlaw the Jehovah's Witnesses and declare it an extremist organisation.
  15. Halala is the Islamic practice that forces a divorced woman to marry someone else, consummate the marriage and then get a divorce before she is able to remarry her first husband. The practice is banned in most Islamic countries, but it thrives in India.
  16. A Malaysian MP has drawn outrage for saying it can be OK for rapists to marry their victims and that some 12-year-old girls were "physically and spiritually" ready to get married.
  17. An Arab TV station has apologised for campaigning for women's freedom, which prompted anger in Saudi Arabia - Britain's biggest trading partner in the Arab world.
  18. In Britain, a malted milk drink long linked as a soothing bedtime drink is sold in India as a breakfast drink, given to children as an energy boost to fortify them ahead of a long day of learning. The drink's main ingredients are exactly the same: wheat, malted barley and milk.
  19. Since Chairman Mao abolished China's five time zones and put everyone on Beijing time, residents of westerly Tibet and Xinjiang have heard their clocks strike 12 not long after sunrise.
  20. Norway is the world's happiest country according to the 2017 World Happiness Report, while in Canada a couple has won the lottery three times.

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