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In the US, 64 per cent of gay people drink sparkling water, compared to 7 per cent of all Americans. [The American Prospect, Sept/Oct 1999]

In Japan, there is one vending machine for every 30 people. [The Guardian, 11th August 1999]

In Cambodia, 53 per cent of the work force is female-the highest percentage of any country in the world. [The Statesman’s Yearbook 2000]

In 1995, 13 per cent of American employees worked for firms which did not exist in 1990. [Philip Lader, US ambassador to Britain]

There are more than 1,000 chemicals in coffee. Of the 27…

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