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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

Orlando Bloom in Istanbul
Orlando Bloom's Istanbul visit in March/WENN 2013

  1. Turkey is the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world, while the sixth most popular city destination is Istanbul.
  2. The world's first lab-grown burger has been cooked and eaten at a news conference in London.
  3. There could be as many as four times more people than previously thought in jobs that do not guarantee them work in Britain.
  4. The people who live on the "Rock" of Gibraltar are British citizens, but they run their own affairs under a chief minister.
  5. Sami is a language spoken by less than 20,000 people.
  6. The average person's hands carry at least 3,000 different bacteria.
  7. There are over 1,100 species of bats in the world and just 18 species in the UK.
  8. Bird droppings are used as a way to keep the face soft and smooth.
  9. Versace have launched a £100 mesh bodysuit for boys.
  10. A couple of millionaire gay dads were the first gay couple to be named on the birth certificate of a child in 1999.
  11. A man has trained as a computer animator and is now creating a television series about his life, despite living almost his entire life in hospital.
  12. Elderly British politician Tony Benn bought the park bench on which he proposed to his late wife, and placed it by her grave.
  13. The game of Twister took off after American TV host Johnny Carson played it live on air with glamorous actress, Eva Gabor.
  14. Adult puppetry is big in Britain.
  15. Concerns are growing in the UK over racial profiling in immigration checks.
  16. The Met Police has apologised to the family of Ian Tomlinson and reached an out-of-court settlement over his death at the G20 protests in London in 2009.
  17. Three British men tortured by police before spending a year in a Dubai prison for a crime they did not commit have ­spoken for the first time about their horrific ordeal.
  18. The best way to deal with unread emails over the holidays is to delete them.
  19. A luxury toilet controlled by a smartphone app is vulnerable to attack, according to security experts.
  20. The Awesome Foundation funds ideas and projects that are "awesome".

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