Didn’t Know That Last Week – 4th July 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Happy 4th July – American Independence Day
1 Apple nears unprecedented $1tn value. Apple is tantalisingly close to becoming the first company to be valued at $1tn. On Friday, it was valued at over $940bn, with Amazon not far behind at over $820bn. Apple has more than trebled the $300bn the company was then valued at when Steve Jobs died in 2011. Daily Mail
2 Wonders of the weekend lie-in. If you don’t get enough sleep, it can have a serious impact on your long-term health – but the good news is, you can undo the damage if you have a lie-in at the weekend. Those who get five or fewer hours of sleep per night for seven days a week have a 65% higher mortality rate than those who typically managed six or seven hours. But among those who slept five hours during the week and then got eight hours or more at the weekend, there was no increased mortality risk. The Guardian
3 The oceans are fast filling up with plastic. We’re dumping eight million tonnes of plastic into the sea every year, and the situation only looks set to get worse as the material becomes yet more prevalent. Half the plastic ever made has been produced in the past 14 years. At this rate, by 2050, there could be more plastic in the oceans, by weight, than fish. BBC
4 WH Smith. The store has been rated the UK’s worst high-street retailer by Which?. Even more embarrassingly, this is nothing new – WH Smith has won the title in five of the past eight years. The company was recently criticised for accidentally pricing toothpaste at £7.99 in one of its hospital outlets, and has also been accused of feeding Britain’s obesity problems by offering bargain chocolate at the till. Topping the list of consumers’ favourites was cosmetics chain Lush. The Independent
5 Come and get it. The television has overtaken the kitchen table as the most likely place for British families to gather. According to a new report, 48% eat an evening meal together every day, while 54% gather every day to watch TV. Daily Mirror
6 England is running out of water’ as climate changes. The Environment Agency is warning that England will face serious water shortages by 2050 unless action is taken. The system loses three billion litres a day to leaks, while an increasing population and changing climate mean ground water is being used at an unsustainable level. The agency wants people to use water more wisely. Evening Standard
7 The bottom line. The total cost of the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was £32m. In return, it has given the British economy a reported £500m boost thanks to increased tourism and merchandise sales. The Economist
8 There is a single mega-colony of ants that spans three continents, covering much of Europe, the west coast of the U.S., and the west coast of Japan.
9 The sun sets on Club 18-30. The tour operator known for shipping generations of young Brits to cheap Mediterranean resorts for a week of sun, sex and tequila may be coming to an end. Thomas Cook says the concept doesn’t appeal to millennials, and is reportedly putting the business up for sale. The Club was founded in 1968 those aged 19-30 from the first year are now 68-80. Daily Telegraph
10 I learned a new word this week: “digraph” – NOUN a combination of two letters representing one sound, as in ph and ey.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Never ignore a person who loves and cares for you cause one day you may realize that you’ve lost the moon whilst counting the stars
Happiness is…the thought of Club 68-80
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Old lawyers never die; they just lose their appeal.
Love is…Sometimes just a look
TRACK OF THE DAY
I’ve Passed This Way Before – Jimmy Ruffin
Highest Chart Position: No.29 16th February 1967
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