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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Things of Interest

Did you know that:
  1. Chocolate is better than a passionate kiss, causing a more intense and longer-lasting buzz, and doubling the heart rate.
  2. Eating large quantities of cured meats like bacon could damage lung function and increase the risk of lung disease.
  3. International experts have backed the use of male circumcision in the prevention of HIV.
  4. Drinking, drug-taking teenagers are in the decline, according to a survey by the Information Centre.
  5. Britain's peat bogs store carbon that is equivalent to 20 years' worth of national industrial emissions.
  6. A martial arts art movie is supposed to make meaningless violence meaningful.
  7. Dog fighting has been banned in England since 1835.
  8. Greek authorities cancelled all team sports matches for two weeks after a mass brawl between rival women's volleyball fans left one man dead.
  9. Denmark is the happiest country in Europe; Italy the unhappiest.
  10. The Minoans were Europe's first great civilisation.
  11. Too many Muslims are confused by what Islam is, assuming that it must be the most puritan Arab way of life.
  12. A Lebanese bank is giving out loans for cosmetic procedures.
  13. A £7m sex theme park, which has no rides, is to open in London's West End later this year.
  14. A colour barcode has been designed that can be read by mobile phone cameras and connect the packaging to the Internet.
  15. The UK's national time signal is accurate to within 1,000th of a second of Co-ordinated Universal Time.
  16. The first television hoax was made on a budget of just £100.
  17. The sun behaves like a musical instrument.
  18. A dead person can be manufactured into a diamond.
  19. In Britain you can get your phone service from a food store.
  20. The gaucho is to Argentina what the cowboy is to the United States.

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