Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

In Fact

Three quarters of young French people say they would like to become civil servants.
[The Economist, 1st April 2006]

The other quarter are on their way to London, capital of Europe

(Alison, 7th May 2006)

Charles Dickens created 989 named characters.

[The Guardian, 25th March 2006]

There are more British troops in Northern Ireland (9,200) than in Iraq (8,000).

[Prospect research]

74 per cent of the women passengers aboard the Titanic survived, compared with 20 per cent of the men.

[Weekly Standard, 10th April 2006]

The average IQ in Germany is 107, the highest in Europe. Serbs have the lowest IQ, with an average of 89. Britain is in the middle with 100.

[The Times, 27th March 2006]

The word "bible" does not appear in the works of Shakespeare.

[The Guardian, 3rd March 2006]

Daniel Dennett introduced the frisbee to Britain. [The Observer, 12th March 2006]
New York City's police force is nearly four times bigger than America's entire border patrol. [The Economist, 1st April 2006]

In 2005, the number of English families with second homes passed 500,000 for the first time—a rise of 10 per cent in a year. Of the almost 330,000 second homes owned in Britain, nearly 80,000 are located in Devon or Cornwall.

[The Guardian, 21st February 2006]

In the US in 2003, the total number of cancer deaths dropped for the first time since records began in 1930. The biggest cause was a decline in the number of people who smoke.

[New Scientist, 18th February 2006]

Starbucks bought 37 per cent of Costa Rica's entire coffee crop in the 2004-05 season.

[The Economist, 1st April 2006]

Starbucks are ubiquitous and a marketing wonder of the world. Brand over substance, they make the worst coffee on the Planet

(Alison, 7th May 2006)

David Irving's brother is chairman of the Wiltshire racial equality council.

[The Guardian, 27th February 2006]

Mostly from 'In Fact' - Prospect Magazine


At Sunday, 07 May, 2006, Blogger associatecontributor1 said...

I can't believe you don't like Starbucks Alison. There is nothing better than one of those caramel mochachino's with whip cream. Its like a milkshake, but its also like coffee. What's not to like?

At Sunday, 07 May, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

No to gimmicky coffee! Im a purist coffee lover. They make really milky lukewarm coffee, never strong enough..

At Monday, 08 May, 2006, Blogger Hellpig said...

I live in Seattle and when I drink coffee it's "Seattle's Best" for me not Starchunks

Seattle where there are 2 starbucks on every corner,I shit you not there is one across the street from another at many locations.

At Monday, 08 May, 2006, Blogger Chas said...

Thank God someone agrees with me that Starbucks is crap. I felt sooooo alone!

At Monday, 08 May, 2006, Blogger MonicaR said...

I totally agree about Starbucks - crap coffee!

At Monday, 08 May, 2006, Anonymous Enid said...

Again total agreement how did that crap coffee with the thick horrendous cups make it throughout the world. I want to give the USA the co-ordinates...joke I suppose!

At Tuesday, 09 May, 2006, Blogger Rastaman said...

Ahem (coff coff) I like Starbucks coffee... but only when I brew it in a French Press coffeemaker. The coffee itself is good quality. Since I never buy the brewed stuff at Starbucks I can't comment on that. I just get the packaged grounds at the grocery.

All those odd facts you quoted, Alison, and you forgot the most important and amazing one:

The true identity of Rastaman is known only to his son and himself. No one has ever been able to pierce the veil of secrecy surrounding Rastaman!
Everyone knows who Batman and Superman are, but Rastaman? Good luck.....


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