11 countries are higher than Britain in the international league of mobile phone-owners.

38 floors up in Canary Wharf the Anglo-French summit was held.

48 stones in weight. New Zealand fraudster William Dickie has been found too big to send to jail.

56 people were given forcible haircuts in one day by the Taliban religious police in Kabul.

90 per cent of households have a washing machine - according to the 1996 General Household Survey.

91 per cent of households have a deep freezer - the first time freezers have beaten washing machines.

99 condoms full of cocaine were swallowed by a man arrested at Johannesburg airport.

665 breeding pigs flew by jumbo from Britain to Vietnam.

1,843,765,000 is the cost in pounds of traffic congestion in Britain in the third quarter of 1997.

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