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Americans eat an average of 13 quarts (12.3 litres) of ice cream every year and spend $3 billion on it. [New York Times Magazine, 10th March 1996]

On 2nd October 1995 the Censorship of Publication board decided to lift a ban on Playboy magazine which had been in effect in Ireland for 36 years. [Index on Censorship, Volume 24]

More than 600 people froze to death on the streets of Moscow last winter, most in a vodka-induced alcoholic stupor. [BBC World Service]

Credit card outstanding debts in the UK rose by £2.8 billion, from £5.9 billion to £8.7 billion…

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