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Monday, May 22, 2017

Thirty Things: Did You Know...?

Grumpy artworks given a smiley makeover
Grumpy artworks given a smiley makeover/OLLY GIBBS.

News nuggets clipped, strimmed and pared off the press.

  1. Beauty sleep actually works.
  2. Atheists maybe more intelligent than religious people, according to a study.
  3. A Star Wars villain has the fastest-rising baby name in the US.
  4. A London private school may let boys wear skirts.
  5. We could be finally getting a redhead emoji.
  6. A prehistoric henge, dating back almost 6,000 years, has been uncovered on farmland earmarked for housing development in Warwickshire.
  7. Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers.
  8. There are only 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild.
  9. "Fat but fit" is a myth according to scientists.
  10. Electroconvulsive therapy - where a small electric current is passed through the brain causing a seizure - is being used in the US and some other countries as a treatment for children who exhibit severe, self-injuring behaviour.
  11. After 146 years, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus are holding its final performances.
  12. The King of the Netherlands secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years.
  13. Thousands of Irish language activists have attended a march and rally in Belfast, calling for the introduction of laws which would give Irish equal status with English.
  14. According to the Walk Free Foundation, one of two Filipinas working overseas is "unskilled" and "employed as a domestic worker, cleaner or in the service sector".
  15. An unidentified body only known as the "Isdal woman" in Norway has been an enduring mystery for 46 years.
  16. More than a year after the death of the superstar musician Prince, his sister and five half-siblings have been declared his legal heirs.
  17. Celebrities have been splashing the cash to help fans recently.
  18. The US sitcom Roseanne is set for a revival two decades after it ended.
  19. Paul McCartney is going to be in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film.
  20. Disney have said hackers threatened to release one of the studio's forthcoming movies unless it pays a ransom.
  21. A Twitter user has gone viral after he used FaceApp to brighten up some of the "grumpy" portraits at an art gallery in Amsterdam.
  22. Singapore's Pink Dot LGBT rights rally will allow only Singaporean citizens and permanent residents to attend this year's event because of legal changes.
  23. A Sharia court in Indonesia's Aceh province has sentenced two men to be caned in public for having gay sex, while Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a "gay sex party" at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday.
  24. British women who risked life and limb to supply ammunition to the frontline in both World Wars are known as the Canary Girls.
  25. A woman in Africa pretending to be male miner had to reveal her true gender after she was accused of rape, while it took American woman Winnie Li more than three years to bring herself to tell her parents that she had been the victim of a brutal sex attack.
  26. Moors Murderer Ian Brady was fascinated with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, while Scottish papers report children as young as five are being branded "racists", with their acts being monitored, recorded and kept on file for the rest of their school lives.
  27. Greater Manchester Police's failings in dealing with child abuse have been documented in BBC drama "Three Girls".
  28. During Donald Trump's first foreign trip since becoming president, the "Servant of God" will be served his favourite meal in Saudi Arabia - steak with tomato ketchup.
  29. Egyptian ketchup is banned in the Sudan.
  30. In Ghana, soneone's date of birth or age is not considered important and very rarely features in any story about that person.

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