BBC News [50 Remarkable Stories]

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Oh, the hubris of the British Broadcasting Corporation or the BBC News Network as it is more commonly known.

It’s a network responsible for gathering and disseminating the news and current affairs of our world.

The BBC is a massive organization that holds a great deal of influence and resources.

In fact:

It is the largest broadcast station news organization in the world!

The BBC generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online news coverage.


The BBC is not only confined to the territory of Britain.

It maintains a presence in 50 foreign news bureaux with more than 250 correspondents around the world!

How’s that for a Sunday brunch?

Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are some of the locations of the BBC’s national news centers.

Here’s the best part:

The BBC operates on an annual budget of £350 million and a staff of 3,500 (2,000 of whom are journalists).

It’s no wonder the BBC exerts such a dominant influence on the world.

The largest live newsroom in Europe is Broadcasting House in central London and houses none other than the infamous BBC.

The BBC operates as a quasi-autonomous corporation.

Since the BBC is authorized by Royal Charter to operate independently, the government has no power to appoint or dismiss its director-general.

In theory:

That should allow the BBC to report the news impartially and without bias.

Of course, it’s only theory as the BBC has been accused of political bias by many faces of the political world.

You won’t believe this:

Some foreign governments see the BBC as a threat to national security (or their grasp on power).

BBC reporters and broadcasts are banned in certain countries for reporting on events or situations which have hurt the ruling government.

The country of Zimbabwe even went as far as dubbing the BBC as a terrorist organization for eight years until after the 2008 elections took place!

It’s not all bad:

The BBC likes to have some fun from time to time.

Here are some of the more interesting facts and figures reported on by the BBC.

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Lifting James’ giant peach into the air would have taken 2.5 million seagulls to accomplish even though Roald Dahl suggested that it would only take 501.

Let’s face it:

2.5 million is much larger of a number than 501 any way you look at it.

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This absolutely blew our minds!

Did you know that hot drinks taste different according to the cup’s color?

I mean that’s insane!

You now have a compelling reason to buy more than one color of the same cup.

Next thing you’ll be asking is what color would you like your drink in?

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Wouldn’t it be great if your armpits never smelled?

Well, it turns out that 2 percent of Europeans actually lack the gene for smelly armpits!

Dang, and here we thought that deodorant was the answer.

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Sometimes things aren’t always what they seem.

The “Russian flu,” for example, didn’t get its name because the flu comes from Russia.

Rather, it’s association is because of the Cold War.

What would we call the flu if the war was dubbed the Hot War?

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Prince Charles did not use the London Underground between 1986 and 2013.

That’s right you heard me correctly.

He didn’t use it.

I guess it just wasn’t worth his time.

Would you ever use the London Underground if given the opportunity?

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You know you’ve seen someone do this before:

It turns out fidgeting can actually be good for men’s concentration.

However, it apparently is bad for women’s concentration.

Hmm, biology simply can’t be outdone, can it?

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It’s getting harder and harder to find someone with the surname William now a days.

In fact:

William is the surname that has decreased the most in popularity since 1901.

The name William is like a bubble.

When’s the last time you’ve seen either?

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Ever heard of a man by the name of Hans Reigel?

How about a town by the name of Haribos?

It turns out that there’s a connection between both.

Hans Reigel actually founded Hans Haribos and named it after himself and his hometown of Bonn.

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If you’ve ever read Total Sea Fishing magazine, then you might be interested to know that Nigel Farage writes a column for their magazine.


It’s not only fish you’re catching but also information on their contributors.

The more you know.

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You may not realize this, but caffeine’s addictive properties are not the sole domain of humanity!

In fact:

Plants are known to lace their nectar with caffeine to keep pollinators loyal!

How’s that for your daily dose of biology?

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In South Korea:

It’s common practice to refer to national politicians using only their initials.

I don’t know, but wouldn’t that get confusing real fast?

There has had to have been at least one or two South Korean politicians that were confused for one another by this practice.

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You’ve probably seen a lot of deer in your area if you live in the UK.

The reason for that is simple.

There are more deer in the UK now than at any time since the last Ice Age!

Thank God we aren’t talking about alligators or snakes.

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People debate and feel strongly about certain issues.

In fact:

In Norway people feel very strongly about whether firewood should be stacked bark up or bark down.

How do you feel about the issue?

It’s one that is pressing and in dire need of attention is it not?

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It’s well known that Steve Jobs and his long-time associate Steve Wozniak belonged to a group of hackers and hobbyists called the Homebrew Computer Club.

Were it not for that association, who knows, Apple may never have existed.

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If you’ve ever been to an authentic Chinese restaurant, then this may not surprise you in the least bit.

In order to take a live owl in a Chinese restaurant off the menu, Bill Bailey decided to buy it!

I’m sure the owl must have named it’s next child after Bill Bailey as a result.

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For those of you born with a deep, husky voice I have great news for you.

It turns out that women find that trait extremely attractive in men.

Who knows?

Maybe, it’s a sign of how fertile a man is or how much potential he has in being a father.

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Birmingham City Council blocks the word “commie” from incoming email.

Now, you know why your political history teacher wasn’t able to send out the lesson of the day to his class.

Seriously, this is kind of a weird thing to do is it not?

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If you’ve ever used a walkie-talkie in France don’t be surprised if people compliment you on your talkie-walkie.

The French apparently refer to a walkie-talkie as a talkie-walkie.

I wonder what happens if you wear flip-flops in France and people compliment you on those?

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People always think time goes by quicker when you’re doing something fun.


The reason for that phenomena is because when you’re having fun, you tend to remember a lot more detail than normal.

So, you think to yourself that it must have gone by a lot quicker than it actually did.

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If you’ve ever seen an expression of distaste or disgust on a baby’s face:

It’s, in fact, something they picked up in the womb.


Babies learn to grimace in the womb so they can show you they are unhappy after birth.

I think the baby might be hungry.

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I have always wondered why one electrical engineering professor I knew would send his emails in all capitals.


It might be due to the reason that until recently the US Navy had a requirement that all official messages be sent in capital letters.

Maybe, he was in the Navy!

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Our physical traits are due to our genes.

The same applies to animals such as the tiger.

If you’ve ever seen a white tiger before, know that it’s because of a certain pigment gene known as SLC45A2 that causes these tigers to appear white.

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It’s not the “Spending Review,” it’s the “Spending Round!”

It’s not a basketball, it’s a tomato!

If it’s hot just put some mittens on!

For God’s sake people, just use and say things the way they were meant to be said and used!

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Languages come and go and even within certain alphabets letters come and go.

Did you know:

Ampersand was once an actual letter which followed the letter Z in the Latin alphabet.

For those of you that still speak Latin:

You’re welcome.

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Escalators vs elevators, which do you prefer?

In the state of Wyoming:

There are only two escalators in the entire state!

Elevators are much more common in Wyoming.

At least, we now know which side won that debate in Wyoming.

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McDonald’s drive-thru staff won’t serve people on horseback.


But horses are awesome!

Why won’t people serve you if you’re riding a horse?

What if the horse is riding you?

Will they serve you then?

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If you’re trying to figure out what the least common pin code is, here it is:

It’s 8068!

So, if you are in a hurry to come up with one that is used the least, now you know.

Although, maybe a lot of people will read this and then the pin code will rise in popularity.

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Okay, I didn’t really believe this the first time I read it either.

It turns out that scientists and mathematicians have not come up with a proper theory or model to explain how a bicycle works.

I kid you not!

Learning to ride one is easier than explaining how it works apparently.

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The first recorded incorrect use of the word “literally” was in 1769.

But I’m sure someone must have used it incorrectly before then.

It’s just no one caught them in the act and recorded it is all.

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Humans aren’t the only mammals capable of swimming.

In fact:

Chimpanzees and orangutans are capable of swimming as well.

If that doesn’t blow your mind, then how about this fact:

They can even swim a form of the breast stroke to boot!

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It’s tough keeping up with all the traditions when traveling abroad.

Thankfully, if you’re traveling to Barbados, we’ve got you covered here at MigratoryMaps.

Do not wear camouflage as it is an offense in Barbados to do so.

You’re welcome!

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Justin Bieber and used to live next door to each other.

Banana and strawberries go great together in a smoothie especially if you add in some kiwi.

They’re both interesting facts to know, aren’t they?

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There’s a behavioral trait in birds that helps them establish friendships:

Being shy!

It turns out that shy male birds build closer friendships than bolder birds do!

Here’s the question we’re all asking, though:

Does this same logic apply to shy male humans?

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I’m sure we’ve all seen dogs that are used by security, but how about bunnies?

Cuban rescue workers use sniffer rabbits to find people in collapsed buildings!

How’s that for thinking outside the box?

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Some governments are willing to go above and beyond to make sure their citizens are indoctrinated into their way of life.

The Soviet Union actually went as far as publishing a children’s book of Stalin’s five-year plan.

I wonder how well that book sold?

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You know that there are some people that simply won’t eat the brown part of a banana.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is one of those people.

The brown parts of the banana are actually the parts that are the ripest, FYI.

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Morrissey was asked to perform Smelly Cat on Friends.

Whether he accepted the offer or not is another topic.

Would you have liked to see Smelly Cat performed on Friends?

Would you have liked to see Morrissey on Friends?

These are the questions that we all answer privately.

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In case you ever play Scrabble with a group of your friends:

It might be helpful to know that a Benjamin is a three-letter extension to the front of a five-letter word.

That makes an eight-letter word for those of you counting.


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You really can tell a lot by the way a man walks.

It turns out that a man’s walking pace slows by 7% for wives and girlfriends but not for other women, and increases if walking with another man.

Watch how your man walks and you’ll learn a lot ladies!

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Companies go back and forth between names when trying to decide what to call them.


Amazon was going to name itself Relentless but had a change of heart later on.

In fact:

Logging onto still redirects you to Amazon’s company site.

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Pay attention to the way a dog wags its tail the next time you see one.


Dogs that wag their tail to the left from their point-of-view are nervous whereas the ones that wag their tail to the right are happy.

Fellow dogs can actually pick up on this when they’re together!

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Do you know when the best time to drink coffee is?

Apparently it’s sometime between 9:30 and 11:30.

Man, I actually forgot to drink my cup today.

I’m going to go get it now!

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Lee Harvey Oswald still has an overdue library book from Dallas public library.

That’s right and we don’t know if he’s resolved the overdue issue or not yet.

One thing we do know is that you should always be polite and courteous by returning your books on time.

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There’s a twins-only military unit in Russia.

For what reason that unit exists, we don’t know.

What we do know is that twins are awesome, everyone loves them, and the reason they love them is because they’re awesome.

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You’ll never guess this fact about the pope:

He actually used to work as a bouncer!

It makes you wonder what other interesting positions the Pope has held.

Like has he ever been in an underwater aquarium feeding fish?

Does he own a horse and a ranch?

We all would like to know the answers to these profound questions.

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The mathematical chance of meeting your soul mate is one in 10,000!

That’s, of course, completely up to your definition of what a soulmate is.

The broader of a definition you have, the greater your chances of meeting your soulmate are!

It’s simple mathematics really.

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In Brazil barbecuing is a form of public protest.

Okay, we’ve officially heard it all.

I mean how can doing something so awesome be considered not awesome?

Barbecue is perhaps the pinnacle of a good time with family and friends.

Not to mention how good the food tastes.

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Urban blackbirds grow up faster than their country cousins.

It’s pretty obvious why if you think about it for a minute.

With all those people in the urban environment feeding all those blackbirds, it’s no wonder they all look like they’re in retirement.

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Mothers tend to think of their youngest child as being shorter than they really are.

This is in lieu of correctly estimating the height of their other children.

Of course:

There always will be some perks to being the youngest child.

What are your thoughts?

Which of these stories surprised you the most?


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