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

Up to 1.2m Brexit voters now regret their choice. Up to 7% of those who voted for a Brexit in the EU referendum now regret their choice, new research has found. When the survey’s data is projected on to last week’s vote, it would cut the Leave share by 1.2m, almost wiping out the majority that gave Friday’s unexpected result. The Times

The Mona Lisa is so named because of a spelling mistake. She was originally titled “Mia Donna Lisa” (My Lady Lisa), which was shortened to M’onna Lisa, before becoming lost in translation. The Independent A follow up to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is to be published, 55 years after her iconic novel about the American south was released. The new book, Go Set a Watchman, featuring the character Scout as an adult, was put aside on the advice of her publisher in the 1950s. Lee, now 88, said she “hadn’t realised” the manuscript had survived. Daily Mail

The makers of the board game Monopoly in France, Hasbro, are marking the game’s 80th anniversary there by hiding a set entirely furnished with real money (it totals some £16,000) among the others, to be sold to a lucky customer at the normal price. Another 80 sets will also have some real notes. Daily Express



McDonalds will allow some US customers in to pay for their hamburgers with hugs rather than money over the next two weeks. The fastfood chain’s “Pay with Lovin’” promotional campaign means that from now until Valentine’s Day, anyone visiting an outlet in the US between 6am and 6pm could be selected to perform a “random act of Lovin’” as payment. Daily Telegraph

The ostrich may lay the largest egg on land, but the largest in the world are laid by the whale shark: a shell measuring 36cm (14in) in diameter was found in the Gulf of Mexico in 1953. Random History Facebook and LinkedIn are teaming up to boost the dwindling number of women studying engineering and computer science. The percentage of people enrolled in undergraduate computer science programs who are women
peaked at 35% in 1985 and is now down to about 17%. The Observer

The line “Play it again, Sam”, supposedly spoken by Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 movie Casablanca was never actually said. The line was: “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’.” The Telegraph 

In his very first round of golf, North Korea leader Kim Jong-il, father of current leader Kim Jong-Un, hit a 38-under-par round of 34 at Pyongyang Golf Club, including 11 holes in one, according to the 17 security guards who observed it. L. Evening Standard

The Swiss private bank of Britain’s biggest lender, HSBC, allowed 8,844 British customers to deposit £14bn, some of it hidden from the taxman, at the Geneva branch. City News

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