10th November 2017
Twitter employee deletes Trump’s Twitter account. It may only have been for eleven minutes, but last week the US President was silenced on Twitter after an outgoing employee removed Trump’s profile on his last day. While many users celebrated the bold move, the incident sparked debate about the security of Trump’s account and the potential consequences of posts being falsely attributed to him. BBC News
‘No deal’ Brexit could add £930 to the household shop. According to a new study published in the National Institute Economic Review, staple products like meat, vegetables and dairy products could see the largest price hikes if Britain is to trade with Europe on World Trade Organisation rules. This would see tariffs of 37% imposed on fresh meat products and 45% on dairy products. Independent
Just half of the UK’s speed cameras are actually switched on. A new freedom of information request has found that four police forces do not have any fixed speed cameras while 13 have less than half of them switched on. The lack of coverage, which is thought to be a result of cost-cutting measures, means that speeding drivers have likely been able to dodge countless fines. Brake, a road safety charity has called for all speed cameras to be on and working. Guardian
Man mistakes courgette for WW2-era bomb. When an 81-year-old German man contacted police to inform them that he’d found what he thought was a bomb at his home in Bretten in southern Germany, police were understandably concerned. Upon arrival they were confronted with a 16-inch vegetable, which they conceded “really did look very like a bomb”. It’s thought that the vegetable had been thrown over a hedge in to the man’s garden. Metro
Scientists uncover hidden void inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid. It seems like the stuff of science fiction, but scientists have used a combination of particle physics and archaeology to uncover a previously undiscovered 30-metre space in the Great Pyramid of Giza. With no immediate means of accessing the void, its purpose continues to remain unknown. The same technology has been used in the past to inspect the insides of hard-to-reach objects, including structures within Mount Vesuvius in Italy. Wired
‘Fake news’ dubbed Word of the Year by Collins Dictionary. Defined as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting,” the use of the term ‘Fake news’ has risen by 365% in the past 12 months. The phrase will now be added to the next print edition of Collins Dictionary, joining other politically relevant terms from the past year. This includes ‘echo chamber’, which refers to the sharing of opinions where the only people who hear or read them are of a similar disposition. Independent
Spoof ad for used car goes viral. Californian filmmaker Max Lanman, whose credits include ads for high-profile brands such as Häagen-Dazs and Microsoft, created the promo to help his girlfriend sell her 1996 Honda Accord. The gambit clearly paid off, as despite having 141,095 miles on the clock and a $499 price tag, bids flew up to $100,000 after the clip garnered well over three million views. The car has since been re-listed, with bids sitting at $540 at the time of writing. MSN
"A lot of people have been saying this for a long time but there's resistance, particularly when you've got someone like Trump who says that it is just a hoax. A lot of people like myself think that's just madness so it's maybe a good time now to try and focus people's attention and say 'look, forget about him we can do something'."
Paul McCartney criticises Donald Trump on his attitudes towards climate change, while encouraging people to go meat-free for one day a week to help the environment.
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