Saturday, 19th 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

Australia has been ranked the world’s happiest nation among developed economies for the third year running. International
Leadership Consultancy The world’s top 10 happiest nations are:

1. Australia
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Norway
5. Switzerland
6. United States
7. Denmark
8. The Netherlands
9. Iceland
10. United Kingdom

Seven years ago, Yahoo! made a failed attempt to buy Facebook for $1bn. Now in a continued bid to get its cool back with the kids, the internet veteran has seized upon Tumblr, the fashionable social blogging site for $1.1bn. The Wall Street Journal

People aged 50 and over who were assigned to play computer games for at least 10 hours over eight weeks showed an improvement in cognitive function of between 2 to 7 years. People who were assigned to do crossword puzzles showed no such improvement. So take up computer games, not crosswords, as you age. The Wall Street Journal


Around 50 per cent of all whiplash claims arising from car crashes are fraudulent, insurance industry experts have told MPs. The figure could even be as high as 60 per cent, as whiplash injuries are difficult to diagnose and the symptoms too easy to fake. If the estimations are correct, fraudulent claims make up half of the 550,000 whiplash cases paid out on each year, and cost the industry £1 billion annually. The Guardian

Private-school students are finding it harder to win a place at Cambridge. Just over a third of students admitted to the university last year were independently educated – the lowest proportion since the 1980s; 7% of children are educated privately. The Times

Britain has 509,000 millionaire households, more than any other country in Europe and an increase of almost a quarter on last year. Only America, Japan and China have more. Life for the super rich, not mere millionaires, has got better still. Britain has just over 1,000 ultra high net-worth households — those with more than $100 million (£66 million) in private financial wealth, not including property. The Times

To get ahead in business, deepen your voice. A study of nearly 800 male CEOs in the US has discovered that those with the deepest voices earned more on average that the ones with reedier tones. They also tended to head up bigger firms. The Times

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