Showing posts from March, 2006

Interesting Fact # 265 - Crime

The footwear used in 85% of footprints can be identified by a pilot scheme which police hope could make the marks as useful as fingerprints in crime detection.

Interesting Fact # 264 - Education

85 million girls worldwide are unable to attend school, compared with 45 million boys.

Source - The Independent.

Interesting Fact # 263 - Literacy

67% of all illiterate adults are women.

Source - The Independent.

Interesting Fact # 262 - Earnings

In the UK women in full-time jobs earn an average 17% less than British men.

Source - The Independent

Interesting Fact # 261 - Earnings

The difference between lifetime earnings of men and women in the UK finance sector is £970,000.

Source - The Independent

Interesting Fact # 260 - Work

62% of unpaid family workers are female.

Source - The Independent

Interesting Fact # 259 - Managers

21% of the world's managers are female.

Source - The Independent

Interesting Fact # 258 - Company Directors

In the UK 10% of company directors are women.

Source - The Indpendent

Interesting Fact # 257 - UK Law Enforcement

In the UK 9% of judges and 10% of top police officers are women.

Interesting People - Gordon Brown

No chancellor of the exchequer in more than 150 years has delivered 10 Budgets in a row. Gordon Brown achieved that feat on this day.

(So here we have the 10th budget from the man who has been waiting 10 years to get into number 10.)

Interesting Fact # 256 - Land Ownership

1% of the titled land in the world is owned by women.

Source - The Independent

Interesting Food - Porridge

Sales of porridge and oatmeal in the UK have nearly doubled in the last five years.

(According to figures, sales of porridge, a popular breakfast cereal, and oatmeal soared by 81% to £85m from 2000 to 2005. Britons ate 50,000 tonnes of oats last year. 
Of course "To get one's oats" has a completely different meaning, as does "To sow one's oats" as is "to do porridge".)

Interesting Animals # 39 - The hummingbird

Hummingbirds are the only creatures, apart from humans, known to have an episodic memory - enabling them to remember where and when they last fed.

(I also know some people who can't do this.)

Interesting Animals # 38 - The Chimpanzee

Chimpanzees ruin their fingers by walking on their knuckles.

(I know some men like that.)

Interesting People # 39 - E H Shepard

Pooh Bear illustrator EH Shepard hated Pooh bear.

(Never bite the bear that feeds you.)

Interesting Places - West Yorkshire

The "Rhubarb triangle" is an area of West Yorkshire farms bordered by Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford, where rhubarb is grown.

(Actually I'm not sure if this qualifies as an "interesting place".)

Interesting Food - Rhubarb

Rhubarb, that classic fruit dreaded by English schoolchildren, was introduced to Britain from Siberia.

(Actually rhubarb is an interesting word too: Actors with a ‘non-speaking’ role might be asked to ‘pretend’ to be speaking, in order to get a natural feeling. Traditionally, this involved saying ‘rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb’.)

Interesting Fact - New products

A new product is launched every three-and-a-half minutes.

(Of course most of them are old products - relaunched, new, bigger, better...)

Interesting Place - Michigan

There is a road called Psycho Path in Traverse City, Michigan, US.

(I wonder if anyone ever walks down it at night, on Halloween. Shudder.)

Interesting Words - Swarfega

The brand name Swarfega comes from Swarf, being the old engineering term for oil and grease and 'ega' as in eager to remove.

Interesting Fact - Swarfega

Swarfega actually started life as a liquid silk stocking preservative called Deb Silkware Protector.

Interesting Invention - Swarfega

Swarfega was invented by chemist Audley Bowdler Williamson (1916 - 2004).

(It is now now sold in over 100 countries. Well you know what they say - Where there's muck there's brass.)

Interesting Fact - Money

Flushing a toilet costs, on average, 1.5p.

(So, no more spending a penny.)

Interesting Animal - Dogs

US Secret Service sniffer dogs are put up in five-star hotels during overseas presidential visits.

(Sam wants to know where he can apply. He can sniff out a dog treat within 2 minutes.)

Interesting People - Stephen King

The author Stephen King doesn't own a mobile phone.

(Good for him.)

Interesting Fact - Bird Flu

Cats can catch bird flu.

(Poor Spooky has to be kept in now. As do all cats in Germany.)

Today - The Oscars

And the winners are:-

The People

Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line - Best actress
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote - Best actor
Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener - Best supporting actress
George Clooney in Syriana - Best supporting actor
Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain - Best director
Robert Altman - Lifetime achievement

The Films

Crash - Best motion picture
Crash - Best original screenplay
Crash - Best film editing
Brokeback Mountain - Best adapted screenplay
Brokeback Mountain - Best music (score)
Memoirs of a Geisha - Best cinematography
Memoirs of a Geisha - Best art direction
King Kong - Best visual effects
King Kong - Best sound mixing
Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Best animated feature film
Tsotsi - Best foreign language film
March of the Penguins - Best documentary feature

Interesting People - Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee, a former Bond villain, is a distant cousin of 007 creator Ian Fleming.

(That's what I call nepotism.)

Interesting Fact # 249 - Strange Brothers

John Irving, the brother of Holocaust-denier historian David Irving, is chairman of the Wiltshire Racial Equality Council.

(There are some strange coincidences in the world.)

Interesting People # 36 - James Bond 007

Daniel Craig, the latest incarnation of 007, cannot drive manual cars - meaning Bond's classic Aston Martin DB5 has had to be converted to automatic.

(Even I can drive a manual car. How on earth can you do a proper tyre ripping, emergency turn in an automatic?)

Interesting People - Harper Lee

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, who is portrayed in the Bafta-winning film Capote, lives a reclusive life in Alabama and has written nothing but four articles since the book's release in 1960.

(Now that's a shame. I'm sure there's at least one more book in there.)

Interesting Fact # 248 - Skiers

Competetive ski jumpers are susceptible to anorexia.

(That explains why I'm useless at skiing then.)