3rd August 2018

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A seven-year-old girl has convinced New Zealand’s transport agency to make road signs less sexist. She pointed out that names like ‘Linemen’ should really be ‘Line Workers’ to be more inclusive of women who do the job, commenting that it was “wrong and unfair” not to represent them. The agency took note and has praised seven-year-old Zoe for her suggestion and has started making plans to change the name to ‘Line Crew’, because ‘Workers’ was too long. BBC News

Jeremy Hunt momentarily forgot where his wife is from. The foreign secretary had a brief memory lapse during an official appointment in Beijing when he told the room full of Chinese officials that his wife was Japanese. He quickly corrected himself – his wife, Lucia, with whom he has three children, is from Xi’an in China – and said, “that’s a terrible mistake to make”. The Mirror

The most popular emoji used on Twitter has been revealed. Apparently, Twitter users are most likely to use the ‘face with tears of joy’ emoji to add colour and humour to their posts on the social network, closely followed by the red heart. Coming in at last place was the input symbol for Latin capital letters, and the aerial tramway symbol was also unlikely to see the light of day. So it seems Twitter users prefer to use the site for sharing laughter and love (most of the time). BBC Trending

Boys are more likely to form cliques than girls, apparently. A recent study has reversed the general thinking that girls are more ‘cliquey’ than boys, revealing that they are more likely to hang around with the same six friends for six months. The research, conducted by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with the University of Cambridge, found that girls’ friendships were more likely to be volatile. BBC News

A 100-year old man has jumped out of a plane to celebrate his birthday. And he has said he looks forward to doing it again. Stu Williamson from Seattle said he wants to take the world record for the oldest skydiver next year, but he’ll have to reach 101 years and 39 days old to beat the current holder of the title – Bryson William Verdun Hayes from Devon. Inside Edition

King penguins are dwindling in numbers. Satellite images have shown that the largest colony in the world, Île aux Cochons, has shrunk by 88% over the past 30 years. The French-owned island between Africa and Antarctica now has just 60,000 pairs of king penguins, which is down from half a million recorded in the 80s. Researchers aren’t sure why the numbers are dropping, but it’s thought that climate change could be affecting some bird populations. BBC News

The US embassy in London is selling 1,200 loo rolls. After the embassy moved to a new location in Battersea, it decided to have a clear out by selling unneeded items. 1,200 loo rolls are on sale, alongside 22 stacking chairs for £23, 756 paper towels for £100 and a white ceramic lamp with no shade, plus other pre-loved items in need of a new home. US embassies in Lisbon, Kiev and Stockholm are also expected to have sales over the summer. SKY News

Stag dos and hen parties are to blame for after-dark revelry in Amsterdam. According to the city’s ombudsman, Brits on stag and hen pub crawls are causing lawlessness in the streets. Out-of-control behaviour has become so bad that the police are unable to handle the situation, and just recently, the police noted 900 separate incidents in a single night. The city has warned that revellers could face €100 fines for excessive partying. Evening Standard

Thieves stole a shark from an aquarium by disguising it as a baby in a pram. Miss Helen, a horn shark, was lifted out of a tank in a Texas aquarium before being put in a bucket with bleach solution, covered with a blanket and wheeled out to a car. The shark was then driven to a man’s home, where it joined other marine life, before being tracked down by police. It has now been put in quarantine and is recovering from the ordeal. BBC News

Stat of the week

People in their 60s are more likely to fall in love at first sight. In a recent study, one in four people aged 65 or older said they can tell within seconds if they are attracted to someone – that’s compared to just 19% of people aged 45 who said the same. It’s thought that as we get older, we know our own personalities much better and become less willing to compromise. The Telegraph


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