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Birds Who Rap and Other Stories

This Magazine Staff


I’m a little late getting to this, but a BBC blog called Magazine Monitor released a fascinating list at the end of last year: 100 things we didn’t know last year. Among my favourite tidbits, all of which are certainly worthy of their own entry:

3. Urban birds have developed a short, fast “rap style” of singing, different from their rural counterparts. [Link]
5. Standard-sized condoms are too big for most Indian men. [Link]
23. More than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet, says a study. [Link] (Ahem… who are these people?)
57. The word “time” is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary. [Link]
68. The egg came first. [Link]
76. In Bhutan, government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags. [Link]
87. Goths are likely to become doctors, lawyers and architects. [Link]
90. The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth’s surface. [Link]

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