Name that town
The representative of Slough in the UK Youth Parliament called for the town’s name to be changed to rid it of negative connotations. Other towns with an image problem which have done a Stalingrad (now Volgograd) and changed their identity:
STAINES Now Staines upon Thames
KILIWHIMIN, HIGHLANDS Now Fort Augustus
ALLIGATOR VILLAGE, FLORIDA Now Lake City
WANKIE, ZIMBABWE Now Hwange
PILE O’ BONES, SASKATCHEWAN Now Regina
Residents in the Austrian village of FUCKING voted against a name change in 2004
Over a barrel
During the referendum campaign, Alex Salmond proposed that Scotland would become independent on 26 March 2016, and said it would have £7.5 billion of oil revenues. How have the estimates for 2015/16 revenue changed over time?
*Scottish government estimate
A man leapt from the Shard with a parachute — and survived both the jump and the attentions of the police. How dangerous is base-jumping compared with other action sports?
|Base jumping||1 in 2,320|
|Skydiving (from plane)||1 in 101,000|
|Hang-gliding||1 in 116,000|
|Scuba diving||1 in 200,000|
|Rock-climbing||1 in 320,000|
|Canoeing||1 in 750,000|
Source: Bandolier (Oxford medical journal)
Joan Bakewell was attacked for saying that anorexia was all about narcissism. Who are anorexics? Some not entirely consistent statistics quoted by the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness in the US:
— There are 70 million sufferers worldwide, a third of whom live in the US.
— 10–15% are male.
— 90% are female and aged 12-25.
— 11% of high school students suffer from an eating disorder.
— 40% of male American football players suffer from an eating disorder.
— 35% of dieters go on to develop ‘pathological dieting’.
— 50% of females aged 18-25 say they would rather be run over by a truck than be fat.