Saturday, 26th May 2018
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A collection of useless but interesting extracts from different newspapers. Topics for after dinner conversation in Andalucia.

Apple, the inventor of the iPad and the iPhone, had the most valuable brand in the world for the second year running. The value of its fruity logo – created in 1977 by Rob Janoff, with a bite out of it to avoid confusion with a cherry, grew by 21% over the past year. New York Times

The number of wild animals on Earth has more than halved in the last 40 years according to a shocking new report. The report says populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have fallen by an average of 52%. Habitat loss, global warming and other human activities are to blame, says the report. Daily Express

A new social network dubbed the ‘anti-Facebook’ because of its pledge never to carry advertising is receiving around 31,000 requests for new accounts every hour. Ello has been set up by a bike shop owner in Vermont, Paul Budnitz, who originally intended it only for the use of around 90 of his friends. Metro

Is the length of descriptions in a restaurant menu connected to the prices charged? A US linguistics professor says the use of longer words to describe a dish is a sign of high price. Stanford University Professor Dan Jurafsky, who researched 6,500 menus, calculates for every extra letter in the description of a dish diners can expect to find an extra 11p has been added to their bill. New York Times 

More than one in ten of the world’s heads of state have studied at a British school or university. The Times

 


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More doctors than ever before are moving to Britain from elsewhere in Europe. The surge of 19 per cent in trained doctors from the European Economic Area seeking to practise in Britain from 2010 to 2013 is due to relaxed immigration rules, the downturn in southern Europe and the expansion of the European Union in to the east. The Economist 

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame by the Queen for her work campaigning against sexual violence and services to UK foreign policy. The 39-year-old actress, who is a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative in 2012, was presented with the award at Buckingham Palace. The Times

Michael Jackson has topped Forbes’ list of high-earning dead celebrities. Over the last year the deceased pop legend generated a haul of $140m, almost three times as much as secondplaced Elvis Presley, who made a comparatively poor $55m over the same period. Jacko’s estate posthumous album release Xscape. Daily Mail

It costs $2bn per annum to launch water into space to sustain the astronauts on the International Space Station. The requirement is six tonnes per person. Daily Mail



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