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16:58 UK time, Monday, 5 March 2012

"Of course many people think beer is great but it does not save lives" - Jenny Formby. Actually, it does. A cholera outbreak in Soho, London in 1854 was memorably halted by pioneering doctor John Snow, who simply removed the handle from the pump in Broad Street which was serving up contaminated water to its unwitting victims. One of the clues which led him to the source of the contamination was the fact that even though they lived in the very street where the pump was located, seventy employees of the Broad Street brewery were unaffected by the disease. They were given an allowance of free beer every day by the brewery and so never drank water at all - which saved their lives.
Angus Gafraidh, London, UK

Paper Monitor quotes pro-devolution councillor Bert Biscoe: "There is a word for Cornwall in every European language except Finnish and Basque," he says. "There is no word for Devon in any of them." I reckon most of us here could name one European language that has a word for Devon...
Toby Speight, Lochcarron, Wester Ross

I know the Cornish pasty now has EU protected status, but this has taken nominative determinism to a whole new level. I'll get me Cornish tartan trousers.
Fi, Gloucestershire, UK

Did anyone else sit and listen to the War of the Worlds after seeing the meteor last weekend?
Di, The Castleton, North Yorkshire

"May visits Jordan over Abu Qatada" [insert standard Jordan/Katie Price joke here].
HB, London

10 Things, point 10: I have reduced the population figures since moving yet I have always said I would rather be 60 years young than forty years "old".
Tim McMahon, Spain, formerly of Wales

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