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Wednesday 21 March 2018

How we've grown

The average man's height has increased by more than 4.3in (10cm) in the 100 years since the middle of the 19th century.

British men who were born in the 1870s had an average height of 5ft 6in (167cm), while those born in the 1970s were 5ft 10in (177cm). Scientists studied military records and population surveys from 15 European countries to collate their findings.


Vets at an aquarium in Brazil say weekly acupuncture treatments for Bino, an albino alligator, are helping cure his hunchback.

Bino has suffered since birth from his ailments and no treatment was found to work until the acupuncture. But now the alligator has regained the use of his hind legs and tail.


A practice bomb fell from a US air force jet into a pub car park in Maryland. The A-10 Warthog jet was returning from a training mission when the accident happened.

"This is an unfortunate incident and we're very lucky that no one was hurt," an air force spokesman said.


Indians are obsessed with weddings and reality TV – and now the two are to merge into a 24-hour matrimonial station.

The Indian wedding market is worth an estimated £24.5bn a year and is expected to grow 25pc annually. "There is no reining in the penchant for (wedding) celebrations in India," said author Dheeraj Sinha. "They are only becoming louder and more professional."


An American musician has written an album of survivor songs based on the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Composer Jake Heggie said his new album, 'Here/After (Songs of Lost Voices)', was meant to create hope. The album will be released on October 21. The singers on the album tell the stories of 9/11 survivors from around the country. Their songs express thoughts about lost loved ones as they sort belongings left behind.


Eight Paraguayan bus drivers have had themselves nailed to crosses to protest at being fired by a transportation company this week after it rejected their plea for higher wages.

The drivers, from the northern town of Luque, were on their backs, nailed to wooden crosses laid out on the ground. Large nails pierce their hands at the base of the fingers.

Irish Independent

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