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

The Origin of the @ symbol. Do you know where did the @ symbol came from? The earliest known example of @ is found in the 1345 Bulgarian translation of the 12th century Manasses Chronicle, which gives a brief synopsis of the history of the world up to the end of the 11th century. In it, @ was used as the symbol for “amin” (amen). Wikipedia

Exercise ‘keeps minds sharp’ for over-50s. Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you are over 50, according to research conducted in Australia. The review of existing studies found that thinking and memory skills were most improved by exercising the heart and muscles. Taking up exercise at any age had these benefits. Daily Mail

The Loch Ness monster was first reported in 565 when, according to legend, St. Columba turned away a giant beast that was threatening a man in the Ness River. Livescience Although the first helicopter wasn’t built until the 1940s, Leonardo da Vinci came up with a design for an ‘aerial screw’ mapping out exactly how it would work as far back as the 15th century. Metro

Sixty per cent more people are living with some form of diabetes than were in 2005, Diabetes UK has warned. The reason for the increase in type 1 diabetes, developed in childhood, are unknown. Most cases (around 90%) are type 2, however, and that is linked to the obesity crisis. More than 3.3 million people now have type 1 or 2. Daily Mail

People who do not find the time to stop and have a proper meal are more likely to increase their food intake later in the day, a study from the University of Surrey found. Eating while walking around triggered more overeating compared with eating during other forms of distraction such as watching TV or having a conversation with a friend, the researchers said. Daily Mail


Sharks. From 2004 to 2013, there were 689 recorded shark attacks worldwide - an average of 69 attacks per year. Metro

The world’s first mobile phone call was made in 1973, when Motorola engineer Martin Cooper called a rival company to tell them he was speaking via a mobile phone. The device weighed 1.1kg. Metro

Anthony Hopkins, who played Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs is on screen for just 16 minutes. It’s the shortest lead role to ever win an Oscar. Metro

McDonald’s feeds 68 million people a day, that’s about 1% of the world’s population. Its $27bn in revenue a year makes it the 90th largest economy in the world. Yahoo

The key to losing weight could be as simple as drinking a pint of water before mealtimes, researchers have said. Obese people who downed tap water half-an-hour before eating main meals reported an average loss of 4.3kg over 12 weeks, a study showed. Those who did not drink water only lost an average of 0.8kg. The Times

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