Friday, 14th December 2018
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Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A pick of useless but interesting newspaper┬┤s extracts and topics, some even curious.

Bezos world’s richest man - but Trump sinks. Jeff Bezos has been named the richest man on the planet. The Amazon founder hashit the top of the list of the world’s superwealthywith a personal fortune of $11bn,according to the latest annual rankings fromForbes magazine. Meanwhile, Donald Trumphas sunk more than 200 places, with his fortuneshrinking by more than $400m (£287m) to$3.1bn over the past year. BBC

The happiness index. Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation onearth, according to The 2018 World Happiness. Report from the UN. Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest people in Britain have become happier in recent years. But the UN ranking places the UK in a lowly 19th place, the same as last year, but behind Germany, Canada, Australia and the USA, although ahead of France and Spain. The top four places are taken by Nordic nations, with Finland followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The Guardian

Empty-nesters ‘resent live-in adult children’. Parents whose adult children return to live in the family home suffer stress and conflict, a new study has found. So-called ‘emptynesters’ showed lowered quality of life when their children lived with them, according to researchers at the London School of Economics. The study analysed data from people aged between 50 and 75 from a total of 17 European countries, not including the UK – but it is thought British data would be similar. The Economist


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How is St Patrick’s Day celebrated? Ireland’s long-standing affiliation with the shamrock is said to have originated from the teachings of St Patrick, who used its three leaves as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To celebrate, it has become customary to “drown the shamrock” on St Patrick’s Day. This
sees revellers bid the night farewell by taking their national plant and dropping it into their final drink. The Observer

Cars will travel slower than bikes by 2027. Cars will travel slower than bicycles on England’s congested roads within a decade. According to data from the government, the average vehicle speed of cars on A roads in 2017 was 18.4mph, down from 19.3mph in 2014. Should the decline continue at the same rate, cars would be travelling slower than cyclists by 2027. Daily Telegraph

One muffin could exceed the daily sugar limit. Analysis by health groups has found some supermarket American muffins contain more than the recommended adult daily dose of sugar. The daily limit is seven teaspoons of sugar – and some of the cakes were found to contain as much as eight teaspoons. Among the most sugary were McDonalds, Prêt A Manger and Tesco. Metro

Flip bell peppers over to find their gender. The ones with four bumps are females and those with three bumps male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw, and males are better for cooking. I didn’t know this until my daughter informed me. Ed



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