September 24, 2016 ON THIS DAY

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September 24, 2016 ON THIS DAY


Byline: Compiled by ETAN SMALLMAN

IT'S DAY 268 ...

THE world's largest origami paper crane, a bird made by over 800 people in Hiroshima, Japan, had a wingspan of 268ft -- the same length as the longest cigar, which took more than a week to produce in Havana, Cuba.

PHILOSOPHER Jeremy Bentham was born 268 years ago. In his will, he left instructions for his body to be dissected, then preserved at University College London, where it remains. Students from rival King's College kidnapped the head in 1975, but returned it unharmed following the payment of a ransom of PS10 to the homeless charity Shelter.

FOR the first time, half of the U.S. Congress were revealed to be millionaires in 2014, with 268 of the 534 politicians in the Senate and House of Representatives having a net worth of $1 million (PS606,821) or more, with Democrats slightly wealthier than Republicans.

IN 2013, Labour MP Fiona MacTaggart admitted she'd been 'naive' after saying on Twitter that she'd donate PS1 to Comic Relief for every retweet she received. In response, 14,268 users reposted her message -- the Slough MP kept her word and donated PS14,268 to the charity.

THERE ARE 98 DAYS LEFT

SERBIAN Novak Djokovic (pictured) now holds the record for the highest tennis career earnings, having reached $98million (PS69million) in April this year, surpassing Roger Federer.

A NEW English word is created every 98 minutes -- about 14 per day, says the Global Language Monitor.

PEOPLE watching an action film eat on average 98 per cent more snacks than those watching a talk show, according to U.S. university research.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

DAME HARRIET WALTER, 66. The actress and niece of Sir Christopher Lee says she dreamed of being a fishmonger's wife at five, but by the age of nine had set her heart on acting after seeing the films of Hayley Mills. …

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