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What…didn’t realize that 20 November was World Toilet Day? My how the holidays creep up on us. WaterAid has created a fun web site filled with lots of facts concerning toilets. For example did you know that 2.5 billion people use the toilet each day. The average person spends three years of their life on the toilet. (it looks a little longer with these blokes) In a given year you will flush a toilet 2,500 times, using about eight sheets of paper per day. The first flushing toilet was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harrington who was a Godson to Queen Elizabeth I. And finally, most toilets flush in the key of E flat! More interesting potty news available at the World Toilet Day site including all sorts of bizarre toilet games.



A deadly cyclone of water darts from the sky appearing to strike a ship. Picture: Daniel Pavlinovic / CATERS

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Cafe staff on wind alert

In what sounds more like a Monty Python sketch, cafe owners in Edinburgh who offer al fresco tables have to carry out a full "wind assessment" every morning. The cafes must display information showing at what wind speed staff would have to bring in umbrellas, gazebos and canopies. To do this, they need either to buy an anemometer or ask staff to judge wind speed using a chart drawn up by council officials. The chart says a "strong breeze", of 25-31mph (40-49km/h), can be indicated by "larger tree branches moving", while a gale, at 39-46mph, would be indicated by "whole trees in motion and resistance felt when walking against the wind". A council spokesman said: "This is about raising awareness of the need to plan ahead, ensuring that any temporary structure be properly constructed and suitable measures taken to mitigate against the dangers of high winds."



Mount McKinley, Alaska: A real cool view all round near the 20,320ft summit of the highest mountain in North America


 Afternoon nap 'is good for heart'

Working men seem to benefit the most from a siesta
Taking 40 winks in the middle of the day may reduce the risk of death from heart disease, particularly in young healthy men, say researchers.

 "Change is good; you go first and let me know how it works out." - Dilbert





Tasman Glacier, New Zealand: An aerial shot shows just how close this loo is to the edge

After some chicken?

"Restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings predicts it sold about six million chicken wings during the US superbowl this year, up 9 per cent from last year, chief executive Sally Smith said.

The most popular: honey barbecue and spicy garlic."