>Little known, should be known facts!
So you read the headlines last week and the stories that went under them. But here’s what you probably missed, like the reporters of those stories, and what the BBC Magazine Monitor compiled to make an interesting read…
1. More servicemen and women in the British armed forces have taken their own lives (697) over the past two decades than have been killed in combat (438) according to the Ministry of (their) Defence.
And we worry about petty issues like population explosion?
2. Serving anything more than tea and biscuits at a political meeting is an offence called “treating” and punishable by a year in prison or an unlimited fine, under the the Representation of the People Act 1893.
That’s in the UK, of course. Back home, the hospitable Indians would never dream of such a thing!
3. The record-breaking TGV train, which reached 584km/h, took 10 miles to stop when the brakes were fully applied in test runs.
Better late than never, right?
4. Human ashes are called cremains.
Now you know exactly what you’ll turn into when you’re dead!
5. “Lunatics, idiots, deaf and dumb” people are barred from standing for election under laws dating from 1766 which still apply.
If the law was applicable in India, we would have no politicians!
6. There is mobile phone reception from the summit of Mount Everest.
And whom would I call if I were standing atop the highest peak in the world…
7. Prisoners of war returning from Vietnam were told by the US government that the word “whatever” had become a common form of slang while they were away, to imply boredom.
So what did the PoWs say? “Whatever”?
8. It is cheaper to ship waste from London to Shenzen in China than it is to send it by road from London to Manchester.
Cheap and Chinese always goes together!