Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week 1-11-13

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




  • In possibly the most alarming news to come to light this week, experts are warning of a potential global wine shortage as vineyards struggle with increasing demand
  • The eligibility criteria for an MBA from The American University of London has come under scrutiny after “Pete the dog” was awarded a Master’s degree in business based on “documented work experience” (and subject to receipt of the £4,500 fee!)
  • Want to live a long and healthy life? Well then forget the gym, stop taking vitamin tablets and start the day with a lie-in and a full Irish breakfast because according to Psychological Science Journal many are being lulled into a false sense of security with attempts at “healthy living”
  • The US FAA has approved plans for “Paragon’s World View” to run a balloon gondola into Space at an anticipated cost of $75,000 per person for a 9 hour round-trip
  • According to research published by the WHO, children born in Britain are more likely to die before their 5th birthday than any other country in Western Europe
  • In what could conceivably be called one of the worst examples of Photoshopped Propaganda the Chinese Government has been forced to make the embarrassing admission that a photo of officials visiting an elderly citizen was, in fact, doctored
  • Scientists have “discovered” the planet Kepler 78b and determined it to be the planet most similar to Earth – the small difference of 2,000`C average temperature, a year which lasts 8.5 hours and it being 1.2 times the size of Earth notwithstanding
  • An interactive map has been published detailing commuter movements in the UK which shows the population of The City of London grows over 5,500% from 6,307 to 358,266 during the working week
  • A poll by TNS BMRB has concluded that Scots are “more concerned about bad weather than terrorists”
  • Scientists have discovered a “lost world” in Queensland, Australia where many ancient species have seemingly thrived undisturbed by mankind for millennia

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