14 January 2006

None of Us Knew

Becasue these are things learned/discovered for the first time in the past year. Much of the data pertains to the UK:
2. Mohammed is now one of the 20 most popular names for boys born in England and Wales.

8. Devout Orthodox Jews are three times as likely to jaywalk as other people, according to an Israeli survey reported in the New Scientist. The researchers say it's possibly because religious people have less fear of death.

11. One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed.

20. The Queen has never been on a computer, she told Bill Gates as she awarded him an honorary knighthood.

32. "Restaurant" is the most mis-spelled word in search engines.

35. The name Lego came from two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". It also means "I put together" in Latin.

37. Cyclist Lance Armstrong's heart is almost a third larger than the average man's.

53. It takes 75kg of raw materials to make a mobile phone.

67. Giant squid eat each other - especially during sex.

76. The day when most suicides occurred in the UK between 1993 and 2002 was 1 January, 2000.

83. Britain produces 700 regional cheeses, more even than France.

93. Koalas have fingerprints exactly like humans (although obviously smaller).

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