10 things... we learned this winter
From Chinese Sherlock Holmes to lying Britons, these 'ten things' brainwaves are edited by Elen Lewis, editor of The Marketing Society, and taken from the Market Leader archive.
- Great white sharks can live to 70.
- Six out of 10 Korean families use professionals to find a name for their newborns.
- It is possible to fry chips on Jupiter.
- In China, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are known as Curly Fu and Peanut.
- Consumption of cigars in the UK has fallen by 80% over the past 20 years.
- Joseph Stalin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 and 1948 and was Time Person of the Year in 1939 and 1942.
- In 1939, goldfish swallowing was a major fad in US universities; the record was set by a student who ate 210 in one sitting.
- Female adders can go 18 months without eating.
- Half of Britons lie every day. The most common lie is ‘the traffic was bad’; the second is ‘the alarm didn’t go off’.
- Some words that Brits regard as typically American, including ‘candy’, ‘the fall’, and ‘diaper’, were originally British but dropped out of use in Britain between 1850 and the early 1900s.
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