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British Rail catering division even went to the lengths of counting the sesame seeds on Macdonald’s burger buns to make their own buffet car offerings compatible with leading competitors.

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Taking into account all food wrapping, giftwrap, toilet roll, stationery, mailed correspondence (including junk mail) books, newspapers, and magazines the average American gets through 500lbs of paper per year.

In Europe that figure rises to annual 750lbs per capita, while in India the figure never gets beyond 20lbs.

From early uses of papyrus , it is difficult to pinpoint the origin of paper’s invention, though the most likely contender is Kai Lung, advisor to the Chinese Emperor in 105 CE (common era) , who advanced paper technology from the traditional and highly expensive silk and bamboo pulp composite.

In 75 CE, presenting himself before the Emperor, Kai Lung presented his own alternative, borne of backyard experimentation, namely the macerated, pounded, sieved and pulped inner bark of the Choo tree, similar in appearance to the Mulberry tree, traditionally used for its edible fruits and its leaves fed to silk worms. Blending the bark pulp with wood ash and hemp, Kai Lung had discovered a simpler way to make paper than the various almost alchemic combinations which had previously included moss, asparagus, dried nettles and manure.

Received by the Emperor and the Chinese Royal Court to great acclaim, Kai Lung’s new substance soon went into mass production in China’s agro economy.

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The unique properties of the swim bladder of the Sturgeon are widely used in the brewing industry for ale clarification.

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People with anxiety or nervous disposition veer to the left when walking.

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UK wild rabbit population has declined by 60% in the last ten years, 5% in the last year alone.

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As a child , J.R.R. Tolkien wanted to be a tree.

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Irish playwright Brendan Behan was an alcoholic from the age of 8.

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Clap-bread was the term used for griddled oatcakes, which had to be ‘clapped’ into shape prior to griddling. A popular economical feast amongst the rural peoples in their country dwellings during the Victorian era of Elizabeth Gaskell and Dickens.

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Over 60 million Tulips currently grow in the fields of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, many of which are exported to Holland.

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Coffee grounds contain over 10 lbs of potassium per cubic yard, alongside magnesium, calcium, zinc, nitrogen and copper. With a Ph level of between 6.5 and 6.8 renders them the ideal potting medium for most plants.

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