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By prospect   October 2003
Of the 25 countries in the world with the youngest populations, 16 have experienced major civil conflict since 1995. [Prospect, page 18] Only half of American adults have read a book since leaving high school. [Random House] In its first year, Ireland’s 10p tax on plastic bags cut the number used by 1bn- 90 per cent of the previous total. [The Guardian, 23rd August 2003] The Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter. [Michelin Green guide] There are an estimated 3.8m unused fondue sets in British homes, worth around ?114m. [The Independent, 15th September 2003]…

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