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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Ten Things of Past and Present

Early Britons were dark skinned/Alfons & Adrie Kennis
  1. A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark skin and blue eyes. It's believed pale skin arrived in Britain with a migration of people from the Middle East around 6,000 years ago.
  2. South Africa's original language has only three remaining speakers.
  3. February has a Black Moon for the first time in 19 years.
  4. The world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, was successfully launched with Elon Musk's old cherry-red Tesla sports car and a astronaut mannequin strapped in the driver's seat put into space.
  5. The spice saffron, weight for weight, is more expensive than gold, while more than a quarter of all evening meals in the UK are now vegan or vegetarian, research shows.
  6. The CEO of PepsiCo has said the company is developing a range of "lady-friendly" crisps, highlighting the importance of fitting the snack into a handbag and reducing how loudly the crisps crunch when eaten.
  7. Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was a descendant of Sikh royalty, goddaughter of Queen Victoria and a pioneering suffragette. She refused to pay her taxes until UK women got the vote, and even threw herself in front of the prime minister's car.
  8. A 22-year-old fashion model reached the final of Miss Virtual Kazakhstan - despite being a man.
  9. A pre-Christmas ad campaign on social media that featured innuendo and depictions of sexual acts by a "naughty" elf has been deemed "irresponsible" by regulators.
  10. Unlike some social networks, Twitter allows hardcore pornography on its platform, but has banned a new type of pornographic video that replaces the original actor's face with that of another person. The clips, known as deepfakes, typically paste the faces of female TV personalities, actors and pop singers onto the bodies of porn actors.

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