FACTS OF THE DAY

21 July 2017

Half of all the plastic that has ever existed was made in the last 13 years.

theatlantic.com

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The Queen’s Duchy of Lancaster estate made a profit of £19.2 million last year, more than eight-and-a-half times what the BBC pays Chris Evans.

theguardian.com

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100 people a day have been visiting a 74-year-old widow in Cambodia who is living with a 5-month-old calf that she says is the reincarnation of her husband.

reuters.com

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‘Sham surgery’, where patients undergo fake operations (including anaesthesia) but without any actual surgery, works as well as the real thing 50% of the time.

fivethirtyeight.com

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Pre-cooked French eggs used in British restaurants and sandwich bars may be as much as 26 days old.

telegraph.co.uk

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A psychiatric hospital in Belgium has a collection of 3,000 human brains.

reuters.com