11th January 2019

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Is Dry January worth the effort? Many people are now deep into the 31-day alcohol fast, and the middle stage is often when some begin to falter. If you are considering packing it in and heading to the pub, take a minute to consider the benefits. Last year, 88% of participants saved money, 71% slept better and 58% lost weight. Alcohol Change

And what’s Veganuary all about? Another growing trend is to become Vegan for the month of January, with over 150,000 joining the movement in 2018. The common reasons for doing so include animal welfare, health and the environment. As a result, people are currently Googling veganism more than they have at any point over the past year. Some of the most common questions asked include ‘Are vegans against pets?’, ‘Are vegans healthier?’ and perhaps our favourite ‘How do vegans make cake?’. Reddit and BBC News

It’s the end of prison bars and cells. In a move to make prisons feel less “punitive” and “institutional”, prison bars are to be removed from prison cell windows over the next three years. There are also plans for prisoners to stay in ‘rooms’ rather than ‘cells’ in the hope they will be better rehabilitated. A recent YouGov poll found that 45% of the public thought the measures are a good idea. The Telegraph and YouGov

It will take eight weeks to clear a monster ‘fatberg’ in Devon. Underneath the streets of Sidmouth lurks a 64-metre long fatberg made up of hardened fat, oil and wet wipes. That’s longer than six double decker buses. South West Water has said it will need at least two months to remove it and have asked people not to “feed” it by pouring fat, oil, grease or wet wipes into the sewers. The Guardian

The Pope is no longer a record-breaker on Instagram. Among his many other achievements, since 2016 Pope Francis has held the Guinness World Record for the quickest time to reach one million followers on Instagram. It took the Pope just 12 hours, but now his record has been broken. K-Pop star Kang Daniel hit the milestone in 11 hours 36 minutes. BBC News

The world’s most valuable lunch money found in Massachusetts. When Don Lutes Jr found a strange looking bronze coin in the change he was given by his school cafeteria in 1947, he didn’t think much of it. Now, the coin has been recognised as one of only 20 1943 Lincoln Bronze cent coins and has been valued at $1.7 million. Good thing he kept it. Newsweek

Would you trade a kidney for an iPhone and iPad? It has been revealed that a man in China has taken an extreme route to owning the latest Apple products. When he was 17, he sold his kidney on the black market for 22,000 yuan (£2,528), and now (seven years later) the underground clinic procedure has left the young man disabled. Daily Mail

The first year of online divorce applications leads to a few festive breakups. It seems that some people reached the end of their tether over the holiday season. HM Courts & Tribunal Service received 455 online applications for divorce between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, including 13 on Christmas Day itself. The more positive news is that divorce rates for opposite-sex couples in England and Wales are at their lowest since 1973. BBC News

Lost teddy bear gets five-star hotel treatment. When a teddy bear was accidentally left behind at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Hawaii, staff thought it deserved some special treatment. When the mother of the bear’s owner contacted the hotel to see if anyone had found it, the staff sent her back a collection of photos showing it enjoying all the facilities on offer. The bear is now safely back with its owner.  The Mirror


Quote of the week

“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.”

Actor Christian Bale capped off his acceptance speech for best actor at the Golden Globes with one of the most unusual shout-outs in the event’s 75-year history. He won the award for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in the film Vice.


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