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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Things in February

News nuggets from February's news headlines:

FebruaryA digest of news headlines in February*
  1. Grey wolves are no longer an endangered species.
  2. Whales catnap.
  3. 99% of beekeepers are hobbyists.
  4. Former battery hens that had their feathers pecked out are given special jumpers to keep them warm.
  5. Monaco's dialling code is the same as Kosovo's, where a replica Statue of Liberty exists.
  6. Pacifist John Lennon was once an air cadet.
  7. The Archbishop of Canterbury has attracted widespread criticism after appearing to back the adoption of some aspects of Islamic Sharia law in the UK.
  8. Body cameras and business cards are the way forward for a modern British police force, says a major report.
  9. A fire at a landfill site in Guernsey has been smouldering for three years.
  10. People can have four kidneys.
  11. Brain tumours can be diagnosed by a handshake.
  12. Regular unintentional daytime dozing may be an early warning sign of stroke in elderly people.
  13. Completely paralysed by a devastating stroke, Jean-Dominique Bauby wrote his memoirs through dictation, using a method of blinking the alphabet with one eye.
  14. The UK spends more on cosmetic surgery than Germany, France and Italy put together.
  15. Women in the Ivory Coast buy "bottom enhancing" injections for $2.
  16. Giving birth to a boy may increase the likelihood of severe postnatal depression.
  17. A 16-year-old Argentine girl has given birth to female triplets - for the second time.
  18. If housewives got salaries at the going rate for doing household chores, they would on average earn £30,000.
  19. The famed publishers of romantic fiction, Mills and Boon, launched in India recently.
  20. Bedroom furniture for young girls with the brand name Lolita - synonymous with a young girl's sexual precocity - has been withdrawn following complaints from parents in England.

* (Pictures from left to right) 1. Photo of a giant Turkish flag monument makes Newsweek's front cover; 2. A Turkish baby thrown 40ft (13m) to safety in the street below and is rescued from a fatal fire in a housing block in Germany; 3. At one time East Germany's cheap answer to the Volkswagen, the Trabant marks its 50th birthday; 4. Kosovo declares independence from Serbia; 5. A new film purported to be based on President Vladimir Putin's private life to open in Russia; 6. Italian authorities have captured the mafia boss of the 'Ndranghetai, which they say is the most dangerous mafia network im Italy.

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