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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

olinguito is the first new species of carnivore to be identified in the Western hemisphere in 35 years
First new carnivore identified in Western hemisphere in 35 years/Mark Gurney 2013

  1. In 2007, the British chess player and artificial intelligence (AI) expert David Levy said in his book, "Love and Sex with Robots", we would be having sex with robots in five years - and be capable of falling in love with them within 40 years.
  2. A gourmet Italian diner won rave reviews for its shop bought frozen pizzas.
  3. The world's oldest yoga teacher is 95 years old.
  4. If Bolivia's public records are to be believed, Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest living person ever documented, at 123 years old.
  5. Two Kenyan men have signed an agreement to "marry" the same woman. The woman had been having affairs with both men for more than four years and apparently refused to choose between them.
  6. Some 3,000 donkeys in Kenya's Rift Valley take annual leave from their owners to mate and "fatten up" ahead of drought each year, it turns out.
  7. Two women from London have said a dispute over slippers has left them unable to leave a Chinese city.
  8. Scandalous photos almost brought down China's biggest charity, while two dozen crocodiles washed free from a farm in China, it's reported.
  9. A Canadian oil-change shop employee has been fired after police saw his tweet apparently seeking a marijuana delivery - and replied.
  10. For more than 300 years, thousands of people have been buried just below the stone flooring of Bath Abbey, in Somerset, England.
  11. American president John F. Kennedy tried to stop one of history's most famous protests, the march on Washington in 1963 where Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr spoke of his "dream", while thousands of people have attended a rally in Washington DC to mark 50 years since King's famous speech on civil rights.
  12. The CIA has officially acknowledged the secret US test site known as Area 51, in a newly unclassified internal history of the U-2 spy plane programme.
  13. Breaking Bad is a US TV series about a chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer, who starts making methamphetamine, or crystal meth, to provide for his family.
  14. In 2010/11, people left a total of £148m to Cancer Research UK, the largest charitable beneficiary of legacy payments.
  15. The US National Security Agency (NSA) broke privacy rules and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times in the past two years, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, while British prime minister David Cameron ordered Britain's most senior civil servant to contact newspaper the Guardian over classified information leaked by Snowden.
  16. Scientists in the US have discovered a new animal living in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador.
  17. Russia is planning huge oil and gas developments in the Arctic Ocean off its northern coast - drilling that could threaten pristine wildlife habitats.
  18. President Vladimir Putin says he is fed-up of being driven in German cars.
  19. Much of the music profits artists make today come from touring.
  20. The UK has 46 million current account holders.

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