Ten things which raised an eyebrow 20-09-13

Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

EP brings you a brief round-up of some of the news items which were perhaps as surprising as they were enlightening

  1. The Dead Sea is shrinking by more than 3ft per year due to a large increase in the number of underground sinkholes
  2. He might only be 8 weeks old, but according to one “power list” HRH Prince George has already been named London’s Most Influential Person
  3. Looking for something different to do with the family? How about a tour to The Lawnmower Museum in Merseyside? Or the nudist beach on the Isle of Arran? Perhaps a day trip to The Pencil Museum in Cumbria? The list of Britain’s most unusual tourist attractions provides suggestions for some very different days out!
  4. The quintessentially British bacon sandwich with brown sauce or fish & chips with a dollop of ketchup may become a thing of the past as sales of Heinz and HP decline while Brits opt for spicier alternatives
  5. According to the Office for National Statistics, people living in the London borough of Richmond live longer, healthier lives than anywhere else in the UK…
  6. While in other, not so pleasant news for the South East, the warmer weather generated by climate change is resulting in an “arachnid invasion” as hordes of the poisonous “British Black Widow Spiders” invade London and Kent
  7. Hackers have launched a competition to successfully crack the Touch ID on the newly released iPhone 5S – the rewards currently include more than $15,000 cash, several bottles of whiskey and a “dirty sex book”
  8. A team of British scientists has claimed to have discovered proof of alien life after harvesting strange particles from the edge of space
  9. Market research by Mintel of 19 European markets shows that Ireland is the fastest growing economy for online sales with average 20% growth rate per year, expected to continue into 2018
  10. A homeless American man, Glen James, has been handed $100,000 and awarded a special citation by Boston Police after finding a bag with $40,000 and handing it into police

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