Saturday, 19th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
Did you know that...

Did you know that...

A collection of useless but interesting extracts from different newspapers. Topics for after dinner conversation in Andalucia.

1. A strong handshake is almost twice as effective as a weak one in transferring bacteria such as E. coli (Escherichia coli) from one person to another, according to a study conducted in the UK and reported in the US. A moderately strong handshake, in turn, transfers about twice as many bacteria as a high-five. A fist bump is even more hygienic than a high-five. The New York Times

2. A daily dose of aspirin could help ward off some types of cancer, according to a new study, which warns that using the drug would bring other health problems. Researchers estimate that 130,357 cancer deaths could be prevented over the next two decades if everyone between 50 and 64 took aspirin for ten years. Daily Telegraph

3. A girl of 12 is among 230 children who have been banned from driving – before they are even old enough to hold a licence. Seven others aged 12 and 13 are also disqualified – the bans usually kick in when they are 17. In the past year, 92,136 people were banned from driving. Daily Mail

4. Venus is the only planet in the Solar System to turn clockwise. All other planets turn anti-clockwise. It rotates clockwise on its axis extremely slowly, suggesting that something might have once collided with it to disrupt its regular rotation. Daily Express



5. Walking or cycling to work improves wellbeing, with ‘active commuters’ reporting less stress and saying that they find it easier to concentrate than those who drive or take public transport. The findings come from a study by the University of East Anglia, using data from nearly 18,000 adults over 18 years. Daily Mail

6. If you want a promotion or a happier work life, you might do well to examine your choice of a life partner. Unromantic as the motive may be, people with a conscientious spouse were 11% more likely to get a promotion, and the likelihood that they would have a higher income and higher levels of job satisfaction increased with higher levels of “spousal conscientiousness,” according to a new study by Washington University. Quartz

7. Physical activity combats depression by purging the body of a harmful substance that accumulates during stress, research suggests. Exercised muscle produces enzymes that convert the stress chemical kynurenine into a form that cannot pass into the brain, tests on mice have shown. Although its precise function is unknown, high levels of kynurenine are found in patients with mental illness. The Times

8. British people are having less sex, according to a new poll. The research found that the average British adult has sex only four times a month – less than once a week. In the newspaper’s previous survey, in 2008, the answer was seven times a month. Meanwhile, abstinence has risen by eight percentage points since the previous poll. The Observer

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