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10 things we didn’t know last week

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Life of Brian

1. Ampersand was once an actual letter which followed the letter Z in the Latin alphabet.

Find out more (The Times)

2. Worldwide, 27% of people say that they paid a bribe to get public services last year.

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3. Finland hosts a world wife-carrying championship.

Find out more (Daily Telegraph)

4. The film Life of Brian remains banned in parts of Germany, but only on Good Friday.

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5. Thresher sharks hunt prey with their tails.

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6. Tabasco is on the Queen’s shopping list.

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7. Singing in a choir is good for your heart.

Find out more (New Scientist)

8. The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams is the most frequently misquoted song in the UK.

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9. The EU funds a jellyfish monitoring programme.

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10. The manuscript of Samuel Beckett’s first novel, Murphy, was covered in doodles.

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UFO Lying On The Bottom Of The Baltic Sea?

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by Lee Rannals
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“A Swedish expedition team has found an unidentified object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, leaving some to believe it’s the remnants of an extra-terrestrial ship. Scientists went off on a deep-water dive to debunk some theories about the underwater object, but were left with more questions than they had answers. At an unrevealed location some 250 feet below the brackish waters between Sweden and Finland, the deep-sea salvage company Ocean Explorer has discovered a large, bizarrely shaped object on the seabed. “I have been doing this for nearly 20 years, so I have a seen a few objects on the bottom, but nothing like this,” the crew’s team leader Peter Lindberg told Brooke Bowman of CNN. “We had been out for nine days and we were quite tired and we were on our way home, but we made a final run with a sonar fish and suddenly this thing turned up.”At first glance, said Lindberg, the team joked that they had found a UFO. However, upon closer inspection using a device known as a side-scan sonar, the joke no longer seemed quite so far-fetched. What they found appears to be a disc-shaped object roughly 180-feet in diameter with a rigid tail that extends another 1,200 or so feet.
And what’s more, when the team turned back to make another pass and get a closer look, they found another similarly shaped object some 600 feet away. Lindberg’s crew says that the object is too large to be part of a shipwreck and admits that they’re utterly stumped as to what the mysterious object could be. The divers found that the object was raised about 10 to 13 feet above the seabed, and curved in at the sides.The object had an egg shaped hole leading into it from the top, working like an opening. On top of the object, they found strange stone circle formations, which resembled small fireplaces. The stones were covered in something that resembled “soot.” “First we thought this was only stone, but this is something else,” Ocean X team diver Peter Lindberg said in a press release. Farther back from the object, the Ocean X team said that they could see a “runway” or a downhill path that is flattened at the seabed with the object at the end of it.
Lindberg said the odd thing about the discovery is that there is no silt on the rock, which is an ordinary thing to find when lying at the bottom of the sea. He also told Fox News that the object is “disc-shaped” and “appears to have construction lines and boxes drawn on it.” Not surprisingly, this has led to wild speculation and a number of theories that border on the absurd. “We’ve heard lots of different kinds of explanations, from George Lucas’s spaceship—the Millennium Falcon—to ‘it’s some kind of plug to the inner world,’ like it should be hell down there or something,” Lindberg told CNN and the Daily Mail Online.The outline of the ship on pictures resembles the famous Star Wars ship the “Millennium Falcon.”
“During my 20-year diving career, including 6000 dives, I have never seen anything like this. Normally stones don’t burn. I can’t explain what we saw, and I went down there to answer questions, but I came up with even more questions,” Stefan Hogeborn, one of the divers at Ocean X Team, said in the press release. “As laymen we can only speculate how this is made by nature, but this is the strangest thing I have ever experienced as a professional diver“, continues Peter Lindberg, one of the founder Ocean X Team.Scientists are currently examining samples from the circle-shaped object, and experts in sonar imaging are processing data from the “ship” to help shed more light on what exactly this underwater object is. Lindberg told the news agency that the Americans and Japanese “are much more excited” about the discovery than the local Swedish people.”

And the good news is…

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Scientists may recreate beer from 1840s shipwreck

Photo: The beer may have originally had hints of rose, almond and cloves. (Reuters/Augusto Mendes/The Government of Aland)

Finnish researchers say they may be able to recreate beer from the 1840s after finding living bacteria in beer from a shipwreck near Aland Islands.

The 2010 discovery of the ship, believed to have sunk in the 1840s, also included the world’s oldest champagne considered drinkable, which has since been auctioned off.

Researchers analysed two bottles of beer, which they admitted “had not stood the test of time well” but retained a pale golden colour and could originally have had hints of rose, almond and cloves.

“Based on the chemical analysis we made of the beer and with help from a master brewer it would be possible to try to make beer that would resemble it as much as possible,” Annika Wilhelmson from VTT technical research centre of Finland said.

The wreck lies off Aland, an autonomous part of Finland.

At the time of discovery, officials said they believed the beer was the oldest in the world.

“We believe these are by far the world’s oldest bottles of beer,” Rainer Juslin, a spokesman for the local government of Aaland, said in a statement on September 3, 2010.

The enviable haul was found intact on the seabed at a depth of 50 metres.

“The constant temperature and light levels have provided optimal conditions for storage, and the pressure in the bottles has prevented any seawater from seeping in through the corks,” the statement said.

Åland Islands are here

Source: ABC News

That’s not good news, that’s great news!

Now maybe we’ll have a beer that is not full of chemical rubbish.

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