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Friday, April 07, 2017

Ten Things: Did You Know...?

Hitler colouring book removed by Dutch shop after outrage
Hitler colouring book sold by Dutch shop/AFP.

News nuggets panned, poached and plundered from the press.

  1. A Dutch retailer has been forced to apologise after outrage over selling a colour-by-numbers book featuring Adolf Hitler.
  2. The director of Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, a commentary on the history of US race relations, says America's problem "is not just racism - it's sheer ignorance".
  3. After facing criticism and blame over the chemical attack in Syria, Donald Trump has condemned it as an "affront to humanity" and launched a military attack on Syria.
  4. It seems channeling Trump has affected Alec Baldwin, as the actor gets into a heated Twitter feud over a sex scene with an underage actress, while a Belfast artist has captured the image of Trump using Lego bricks.
  5. The number of people in the Republic of Ireland who identify as having no religion has increased by 73.6%, according to the latest census figures from the Central Statistics Office.
  6. Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, a new study shows, half of them in just four countries - China, India, the US and Russia.
  7. During the US writers' strike of 2007, James Bond actor Daniel Craig famously ended up writing some dodgy sections of his own dialogue because of the lack of writers available for a sequel.
  8. One of the first vinyl singles singer Elton John bought as a boy was Reet Petite by Jackie Wilson.
  9. A Tunisian court has sentenced a British DJ to a year in jail after he played a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer.
  10. A starfish considered a key threat to international coral reefs could be thwarted by harnessing its own pheromones.

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