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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Madonna has disputed the accuracy of an early life biopic
Madonna has disputed the accuracy of an early life biopic/REX.

News nuggets desperately seeking sought from the press.

  1. A young Irish amateur boxer has been stabbed in the face while on a night out with his girlfriend in Belfast.
  2. Cases of homicide and knife crime recorded by police in England and Wales are rising by 9%, figures suggest, while Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam.
  3. The family of a teenage boy is seeking $4.5m (£3.4m) in damages after a female janitor allegedly raped him at a Tennessee high school, while in Scotland, a 12 year-old girl, who was grabbed by a man as she walked along a footpath, kicked her attacker and managed to run off.
  4. Children are being exposed to hardcore porn on Twitter while innocently searching for pop stars and celebrities.
  5. A secondary school in the Highlands is to be closed to pupils and staff on Friday to allow contractors to deal with a "mild flea infestation".
  6. Head teachers could bring in a four-and-a-half day week in schools around England as they grapple with £3bn in budget pressures.
  7. One of 20th Century England's most notorious "It" girls was rumoured to be Adolf Hitler's girlfriend.
  8. An Italian woman is accused of faking a pregnancy and then giving back the baby she bought, after finding out the child was mixed race.
  9. The modern wedding has begun to take on the look of a vulgar "arms race", a lifestyle magazine has warned, with three or four dress changes, a bevy of bridesmaids, photos taken by drone and its own #weddinghashtag becoming the expected norm.
  10. Britain's love affair with the hummus dip has led to the country being dubbed the hummus capital of Europe.
  11. There's a crisp shortage in Japan.
  12. The level of household food waste in England is "unacceptable" and householders have a key role to play in reducing it, MPs have said.
  13. Ed Balls Day is a social media fail that is celebrated every year on Twitter and Facebook, about a British politician mistakenly tweeting his name when trying to use the search function.
  14. A British inventor, who built an Iron Man-style flight suit, has flown it at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver.
  15. A man who crawled the London Marathon dressed as a gorilla has completed the course and raised £26,000 for charity.
  16. Prosecutors in El Salvador have opened an inquiry following the suspicious deaths this week of a puma and a young monkey at the National Zoo.
  17. A protester has gone naked to show her objections to plans for an incinerator in Gloucestershire, England.
  18. Madonna is on the war path over Universal Pictures snapping up a script about the singer's early years in New York earlier this week, calling it a fabrication and a result of the "disease of our society".
  19. A leather jacket that the late US actor Patrick Swayze wore in Dirty Dancing has sold for $62,500 (£48,270) at an auction in Los Angeles.
  20. Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has died in New York at the age of 73.

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