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Sunday, January 21, 2007

News Snippets

Some snippets from the news:
  1. The British Asian community is the most influential among the minority groups in the UK.
  2. Under Portuguese law close relatives stand automatically to gain the greater part of a person's inheritance, and the person bequeathing gets to dispose freely of only about a quarter of it.
  3. Food is peripheral to running a restaurant.
  4. Australian farmers used to cut slices of flesh from lambs' rumps - called "mulesing" - to prevent maggot infestation.
  5. Chocolate, like art of clay, is an art medium.
  6. To preserve a tissue sample from the deadly 1918 flu virus, researchers buried a body of a flu victim in Alaskan permafrost.
  7. Pesticides, chemicals and radioactive material have all been linked to decreased fertility.
  8. Historical accounts of women's hair removal have been linked to Greece, the Trobriand Islands, Uganda, South America and Turkey.
  9. Award winning Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is also a keen photographer.
  10. Women find men more attractive if they see other women admiring them, a study has suggested.
  11. Kylie Minogue and tennis player Anna Kournikova have both recreated a 70s poster image in photo shoots that has been described as "soft porn".
  12. A killer cloud hit Britain in 1783 killing over 23,000 people.
  13. In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, a Shodhyatra is a walk to find knowledge.
  14. Citrus fruit growers in California use wind machines to protect their crops from frost damage.
  15. China opens a new coal-fired power station every five days.

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