Ruth Duccini was the last of the original female Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Uncredited, Duccini, who was four feet tall, played one of 124 Munchkin townspeople in the 1939 classic. There is now only one surviving Munchkin, Jerry Maren.
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Wednesday 08 January 2014
All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.
Monday 06 January 2014
Extreme forecast in America with -31 Celsius in Fargo, North Dakota, -35 C in International Falls, Minnesota, and -26 C in Indianapolis and Chicago
Sex doesn't sell? This study into women's response to raunchy advertising starts wrong and gets worse
Tuesday 10 December 2013
The conclusion that women use sex as a bargaining tool is wildly outdated
Monday 02 December 2013
Serge Vorobyov threw the cash from the top floor of a US mall on Black Friday as a choir sang ‘Let it Snow’
Thursday 28 November 2013
It is widely accepted that money can’t buy you love. Now a new study has found that it can buy you happiness – but only up to a point.
American Football: Peterson helps Minnesota Vikings paint Wembley purple in win over Pittsburgh Steelers
Monday 30 September 2013
Adopted home side for the week get off the mark with thrilling win in first of two London games this season
Thursday 26 September 2013
Since 2007, 22 young men have left Minnesota, as well as two women
Nina Davuluri - the first Miss America winner from Indian background - dismisses barrage of racist abuse
Monday 16 September 2013
Just minutes after the result racist comments began to appear on social networking sites
Friday 13 September 2013
Customers wait to find out if the airline will honour the purchased tickets after a glitch on their site
Friday 09 August 2013
In 1943, Louis Dublin, the chief actuary for US insurance giants Metropolitan Life, published a series of charts that changed the world. Dublin used data from four million policyholders to ascertain the optimal weight for long life. Overnight, more than half the population of America was reclassified as overweight. The Men Who Made Us Thin, Jacques Peretti's engaging follow-up to last year's The Man Who Made Us Fat, was full of such stories about the arbitrary nature of weight and the weight-loss industry.
Saturday 18 May 2013
In the roll-call of student summer reading certain volumes stand out, including Desmond Morris's body language phenomenon The Naked Ape and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. To those can be added a volume by Robert M Pirsig that snuggled its way into every hitchhiker's hand-crocheted body satchel. Unlike Bach, whose books were like being hit with a wiffle bat full of pot-pourri, Pirsig is the real deal. Born in 1928, this precocious university student was eventually expelled for studying too hard, after growing bewildered by the choice of multiple hypotheses in his chosen field, biochemistry. Overwhelmed by the limitations of science, he tackled Eastern philosophy instead, spending time in India before returning to a US college.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
Yes, the head of an august science institution and senior BBC science journalist have almost fallen off it. Yes, it does tend to raise eyebrows when people see it in my office. But it is gratifying to hear that my treadmill desk is not only helping me to keep trim but also reducing my risk of diabetes.
Monday 04 February 2013
He worked for Republicans and Democrats at the same time – a situation now unthinkable
Saturday 19 January 2013
1. Which philosopher (1889-1951) said: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent"?
Friday 04 January 2013
Hormel Foods has agreed to acquire the US peanut butter brand Skippy from Anglo–Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever for $700m in cash, in an attempt to capitalise on rising overseas demand for the spread.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
- 1 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 3 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?