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On average, London’s commuters get wet just 12 times a year. [Transport for London] Asians make up 35 per cent of the undergraduate body at MIT, but only 4 per cent of the US population. [New York Review of Books, 3rd November 2005] The human spine flexes 100m times in 50-60 years. [Sydney Morning Herald, 13th October 2005] America’s prison population is higher than China’s. [Crooked Timber] In the 1930s, the Inland Revenue investigated Yeats’s tax returns because they could not believe a poet of his stature had sales that were so small. [John Banville, interviewed in The Guardian, 13th…

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