Thursday, 17th June 2021

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Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A collection of useless but interesting facts for after dinner conversation in Andalucia

Manchester was named the piracy capital of the UK with more illegal downloads per person than any other in the country, followed by Nottingham and Southampton. The statistics, from monitoring service Musicmetric, conclude that in the first half of 2012 UK users illegally shared over 40 million albums and singles. BBC

Just 4% of household rubbish in Sweden goes to landfill. The rest is either recycled or burnt in incinerators to produce heat or electricity. Sweden is so efficient at
recycling there isn’t enough burnable waste to power the energy plants. So it has to import 3% of the rubbish it burns from neighbouring countries.

The total value of sales of cook books by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver reached £126.4m. Oliver is Britain’s second biggest-selling author since records began in 1998. The top seller is Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, with total sales of £237.6m. The Bookseller

Oprah Winfrey has been crowned the highest female earner in Hollywood by Forbes magazine, having taken home an estimated $165m (£102m) last year. Britney
Spears is next, with earnings thought to be about $58m (£36m). Taylor Swift completes the top three, only just behind Spears, making $57m (£35m) in the past 12 months. Forbes’ highest-paid women in 2012

The cost of Christmas is now estimated at £491. A package of essential festive items, including a turkey, mince pies, a pack of Christmas cards and stamps, has risen by almost 19% over the official rate of inflation since 2007. Last year it cost £436. FT


Abraham Lincoln is the US president who has been portrayed most on film with 130 depictions. George Washington the father of the country comes in second with 80. On the other end of the spectrum, John Tyler, James Buchanan and Warren G. Harding have never been portrayed on film. Slate

60% of working parents complain they are too tired to show their children how to read, write, tell the time, ride a bike, tie their shoelaces, brush their teeth or
learn to cross the road.

The average UK drinker pays £177 in beer tax every year – ten times more than in other European countries. FT

Watches in watch adverts always show the time as 10 past 10 (and normally 36 seconds). This is an industry standard and gives the watch a pleasing aesthetic ‘happy’ face. QI

In Amhult where Ikea was founded, the company’s hotel has a choice of reading material: the New Testament or the Ikea catalogue. FT

87% of horticulturalists are happy in their job – the highest figure among any profession. Only 44% of bankers are happy, 48% of IT workers, and 54% of those working in human resources. City & Guilds

Switzerland offers the best quality of life. The Economist Intelligence Unit looked at various factors including economic growth, life expectancy, freedom and gender equality to rank 80 countries. Nigeria is the worst place to live. Britain is ranked 27th. The Economist

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