l The local newspaper Vanguard claims that seven out of 10 boys born in the northern Nigerian city of Kano since 11th September have been named Osama. [Time, 14th January 2002]
l People in the Dominican Republic have a higher life expectancy than in Britain. [UNDP, 2001]
l Temperatures at the South Pole are dropping by 0.7 degrees celsius a decade. [Nature, January 2002]
l Genealogy is the third most popular online activity, after pornography and music. [Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2002]
l Only 22 per cent of Scots know that St Andrew’s Day is on 30th November.…
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