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Last update: Thursday 19th October
 
THE Lake District has been named as a World Heritage Site, UNESCO has announced. The region joins sites including the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge on the prestigious list.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - July 10th 2017
 
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are far more common than most people realise. They are reported by men, women and children regardless of nationality, religion or education level. One Gallup poll showed 8 million adult Americans have experienced one. Other estimates suggest between four and nine per cent of the general population have experienced a NDE.
Odd FactsPremier Christianity - December 2016
 
A total of 16 of the top 100 fundraising charities still fail Google’s ‘mobile-friendly’ test, down from 33 last year.
Odd FactsCivil Society News - 11th April 2016
 
Australia will no longer appoint knights and dames in its honours system. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, right, said the titles were "not appropriate" in modern Australia.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 3rd November 2015
 
Mother Teresa has been named in the top ten of the most influential women of all time. The nun spent most of her life in India and came sixth in the list, which was topped by former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Odd FactsBible Society - 4th December 2015
 
Forgiving and forgetting really works, according to researchers at the University of St Andrews. They gave people hypothetical scenarios involving offences such as infidelity, followed by memory tests. Those who ‘forgave’ offences did worse in the tests. The findings might help in therapy.
Odd FactsPremier Christianity, July 2014
 
When asked: How happy are you? 75% of UK respondents said they were ‘very happy’. This was slightly above average (73%). Mexicans were the happiest, with 92% saying they were ‘very happy’, and the Japanese were the least happy, with only 50% using this phrase to describe themselves.
Odd FactsChristianity, April 2014
 
Video footage of distracted motorists, including a driver caught having a shave using a razor and a water bottle and a woman doing her make-up in the rearview mirror while on a motorway, have been released by police. The operation across the motorways of Hampshire and the Thames Valley resulted in 198 motorists being prosecuted with their offences caught on camera from an unmarked lorry used as a viewing platform by officers. Other activities captured included a lorry driver brushing his teeth, two van drivers reading newspapers as they drove, one person reading a map on the steering wheel and two drivers using iPads (one on the steering wheel) as they travelled along. The drivers were issued with notices which will result in a £100 fine and three points on their licence.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 10 October 2013
 
The great apes can remember events that happened years ago just like men and women do, researchers have found. As with humans, a reminder of something in the distant past can jog the memories of chimps and orangutans. Scientists took a group of apes and reconstructed a series of experiments conducted three years previously in which they had had to find hidden tools that could be used to reach food. Faced with the same set up of rooms and boxes in which the tools were concealed, the apes immediately knew what to do. It took them only five seconds to find the tools. Another group of apes, which had not had the previous experience, were left confused.
Odd FactsDaily Mail 19.07.13
 
For most cash-strapped families, splashing out £109 on a bottle of Dom Perignon would be an unthinkable extravagance. Printer ink? A necessary expenditure. But, drop for drop, the champagne is actually far cheaper. The black ink in a standard cartridge for a home printer costs 51p per millilitre - around 240 per cent more than the 15p per millilitre price of a bottle of Dom Perignon. The startling figures have been revealed by consumer organisation Which?
Odd FactsDaily Mail November 20 2012
 
London 2012 will surpass Sydney and be hailed as the best Olympics ever staged, Australia's leading IOC member predicted yesterday as officials marked 100 days to the start of the Games. Kevan Gosper, vice-president of the Sydney 2012 Olympics organising committee, said London 2012 had succeeded in turning the Games into a nation wide event rather than one just focused on the capital. He said: “Records are set to be broken. Sydney got the accolade of the best-ever games but that was twelve years ago.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 19th April
 
A bus stop outside a £36 million hospital is no longer being used on health and safety grounds – because the road layout caters for the wrong size of bus. The stop – complete with shelters – was erected just feet from the main entrance to the lavishly-redeveloped Haywood Hospital. But safety officers have ruled that the bus stop is off limits to traditional buses because drivers were putting pedestrians at risk by having to reverse to the stop.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - January 25, 2012
 
British troops serving in Afghanistan are in danger of missing out on mail from their loved ones because of the “huge and unmanageable” amount of donations sent by members of the public, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. Army chiefs have revealed they are being “overwhelmed” by the volume of parcels and shoeboxes sent to unnamed British service personnel overseas, which makes it more difficult for frontline supplies and post from families to get through to their loved ones.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, Friday September 16, 2011
 
A second World War RAF Spitfire has been excavated from an Irish peat bog almost 70 years after it crash-landed. Six machine guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition were also discovered by archaeologists searching the Inishowen Peninsula in Couny Donegal.
The British fighter plane was piloted by an American, Roland “Bud” Wolf, who parachuted safely from the aircraft before it crashed in November 1941.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel June 29 2011
 
Men are twice as likely to be distracted while driving a car as women, according to research from Santander. The survey found that one in ten men who has had a driving accident, compared with just one in twenty women, admitted to crashing a car because they were distracted. The study of 1,000 motorists revealed that one in twenty women reported near misses as a result of distractions while driving, which included adjusting the car stereo, eating or drinking.
Odd FactsThe War Cry 25 June 2011
 
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