Lost in the post
Postcard maker J. Salmon is to close after almost 140 years, because holidaymakers now send phone selfies rather than cards.
— What is believed to be the very first postcard was a selfie of sorts. It was a caricature of postal workers that practical joker Theodore Hook sent to himself in Fulham using a penny black stamp in 1840, the year the penny post was introduced.
— It was another 30 years before postcards were officially accepted by the Royal Mail, and the now standard design of a picture on the front, address and message on the back was established only in 1902.
— Mr Hook’s card was sold at auction in 2002 for £31,750.
Which countries have the largest pay gaps between men and women, in a survey of 33 countries? The figures below give female earnings as a percentage of male. (Only in three countries, Egypt, Nigeria and UAE, are women paid more than men overall.)
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Source: Korn Ferry Hay Group
Transport for London refused to renew Uber’s licence to operate cabs. In a survey of 20 American cities, Uber drivers were:
Some players in America’s National Football League are refusing to stand for their national anthem in a racism protest and in defiance of President Donald Trump. But would they even know the words? Percentage of citizens who know the first verse of their national anthems:
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