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Romania has had six different national anthems since the second world war. [Wall Street Journal, 17th May 2002]

Though Ireland’s population has never exceeded 10m, over 70m people worldwide claim Irish ancestry. [Atlantic Monthly, May 2002]

In the US, 6,455 new albums were released by major labels last year. Only 112 sold over the 500,000 copies needed to break even. [Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, May 2002]

Ren? Descartes was so afraid of the plague that he moved house around 18 times in 21 years. [Cogito, Ergo Sum, Richard Watson, David R Godine, 2002]

The US pharmaceutical industry…

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