what i learnt last week

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New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs found that men often paid less for clothes and items such as razor blades and shampoo. Even boys’ toys are cheaper than those aimed at girls. The report led with a striking example from a department store website: while a red “My 1st Scooter Sport” costs $24.99, a pink “My 1st Scooter Girls Sparkle” is twice as much.

whisky must be stored for at least 3 years, gin can be sold almost as soon it’s made.

johnnie walker sells more than 200m bottles a year.

for 100 people who conquer everest, 4 never return to base camp.

increasingly building a circular IKEA where you can repair and recycle products

End-of-trip facilities are designated places that support cyclists, joggers and walkers in using alternative ways to travel to work rather than driving or taking public transport. include: secure bicycle parking, locker facilities, change rooms.

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There are 1.8 billion young people in the world, roughly a quarter of the total population.

Politicians in democracies listen to the people who vote—which young people seldom do. Only 23% of Americans aged 18-34 cast a ballot in the 2014 mid-term elections, compared with 59% of the over-65s. In Britain’s 2015 general election only 43% of the 18-24s but 78% of the over-65s voted. In both countries the party favoured by older voters won a thumping victory.

Film companies can reclaim as much as 25 percent of any U.K. production spending back from the government

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THE PRICE THAT THE APPLE I FIRST SOLD FOR – $666.66

Steve Wozniak said that it was simply because he “liked repeating digits”, and when the price worked out at $667 (a markup of a third) he changed it to $666.66 because it was simply an easier number to write.

The Consumer Reports survey highlights that Apple customers use their MacBooks longer than their Windows counterparts use their laptops – 23 hours per week vs 20.

When you lose weight, where does the fat go? Most of the mass is breathed out as carbon dioxide, study shows. The popular misconception is that it’s converted into energy or heat.

If you follow the atoms in 10 kilograms of fat as they are ‘lost’, 8.4 of those kilograms are exhaled as carbon dioxide through the lungs. The remaining 1.6 kilograms becomes water, which may be excreted in urine, faeces, sweat, breath, tears and other bodily fluids

62 of the world’s wealthiest people own as much as the poorest 3.6 billion, down from 388 people in 2010.

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