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Friday, January 15, 2010

Ten Things of 2010

  1. The Doomsday Clock - a barometer of nuclear danger for the past 55 years - has been moved one minute further away from the "midnight hour".
  2. The art of the political snub can sometimes backfire.
  3. Followers of the Jain religion in India believe in lives of harmlessness and think that animals and plants, as well as human beings, contain living souls.
  4. The world's oldest dog has died, and there's evidence that even politicians mourn the loss of their pets.
  5. The UK Government apparently believes it is acceptable for soldiers to face bullets and bombs, but not verbal abuse, while an apologetic Guantanamo Bay prison guard tracked down two of his former captives on Facebook for a reunion.
  6. The Red Cross estimates 45,000-50,000 people have died in Haiti's devastating earthquake.
  7. The number of incidents of people shining lasers at planes has increased more than twenty-five fold over the last two years.
  8. Carrying extra weight on your hips, bum and thighs is good for your health, protecting against heart and metabolic problems, UK experts have said.
  9. The BBC Sound of 2010 list showcases the best rising music stars for the coming year.
  10. A New York taxi driver has gone out of his way to track down the person who left $21,000 in cash in the back of his cab. Asked if he was tempted to keep the cash, the Bangladeshi driver said the money would have allowed him more time to study, "but my heart said this is not good".

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