Quickies of the week (13.01. - 17.01.)
Translation by:Joel Lewin
Cafébabel brings you the weirdest, most wonderful news in briefs. Remember, two quickies a day keep the doctor away.
The Refugee Project
The Refugee Project, an initiative set up by Hyperakt, business from New York, has mapped out the precise numbers of refugees flowing through the world today. In 2012, there were 14 Finnish refugees, compared with 5 million Afghans. Where do you think is the quieter place to live?
Life On Mars
Life on Mars- we have lift off. According to NASA, whose secret information is as secret as the sun, there are rats living on Mars. The international space agency had tried to keep the information secret, says the Polish daily which broke the story. But how do they survive and how long have they been there? We are just as eager as you to find out the rest.
Read on wyborcza.pl 17/1/2013
Dutch Prisoners to Pay for their stay
Dutch prisoners are to be obliged to pay 16 euros per night for the privilege of staying in prison. The government anticipates the scheme will save the state 60 million euros per year.
Read on TF1.fr 16/1/2014
Monkeys banned from bananas
Paignton Zoo in Devon, UK has banned their monkeys from eating bananas for health reasons. The monkeys are instead given leafy vegetables and sprouts. A spokesman explained that bananas grown for human consumption are sweeter than wild bananas so they rot the monkeys teeth and can lead to diabetes.
Read on CNN.com 16/1/2014
Selfie + farmer = FELFIE
Everybody loves selfies. But how would you call a selfie of a farmer with his/her livestock? I'll tell you. A felfie. In Ireland they are so viral that even a competition for the best felfie was recently organized there. Among the winners there was a woman who posed with a goose and an axe."
Running from the rain
Two British teenagers ran away from school in the night and fled to the carribean to escape the rain. The 16 year olds from Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, who said they were 'sick of the rain', are now being searched for by police and their parents in the Dominican Republic.
RELIGION RIGHTS OUR WRONGS
People who regularly visit a place of worship are less likely to get involved in low level crime and delinquency, according to new research. A survey from Manchester University found a direct correlation between regular visits to religious places and lower crime figures, especially in relation to shoplifting, drug use and music piracy.
Wallonia is Like North Korea
Sometimes, comparisons are not convenient. ‘Wallonia is like North Korea: one party, one man’, declared the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders. The incendiary comment followed the appearance of Elio di Ruppo, the first francophone Prime Minister since 1979.
Delayed by the Stasi
In 1969, Günter Zettl- an 18-year-old student living in East Germany- sent a postcard to a radio station in West Germany. It was slightly delayed due to being confiscated by East Germany's secret services- the Stasi- and arrived 44 years later. Better late than never.
We don't want no Jesus Christ!
For the second year running Nathan Grindal has been banned from playing in the dart championship in Minehead, England, because he looks far too much like Jesus. He was kicked out of the competition last year because the spectators would not stop chanting "Jesus, Jesus."
Translated from Quickies der Woche (13.01. - 17.01.)