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Over the last couple of days, it’s been hard to escape the news about Will and Kate’s impending arrival. It’s all over the television, newspapers and the rest of the media. As hard as this may be to believe, there are probably some people out there who aren’t going to be that bothered. Unsurprisingly, many gamblers, for example, will be more concerned with predicting the results of this weekend’s Manchester derby. The real problem is that the media has focussed its attention predominantly on women. How can the average punter be expected to care about the new royal baby when they don’t even read Cosmo? It was a great idea, therefore, for bookies to start setting odds on the baby before it’s even been born. How else is the rest of the UK going to get excited? You can bet on anything from the gender of the royal offspring to how much it’s going to weigh. Paddy Power, for example, has odds of 8-1 on Kate giving birth to twins and 100-1 on triplets. If you fancy taking a big risk, the odds on quadruplets or more are at 500-1. You can also have a punt on the baby’s name. Despite Prince William being a lifelong Aston Villa fan, Ladbrokes are offering 500-1 on them naming it Arsene. You can see a more complete list of potential bets here. One name the royal couple will probably be avoiding is “hashtag”. Surprisingly enough, however, rumours have been circulating that one mother has named her newborn child after the Twitter symbol. A photo posted on Facebook had the caption “Hashtag Jameson was born at 10oclock last night. She weys 8pounds and I luv her so much!!!!” I really hope (along with most of the UK, I imagine) that this isn’t really true. The Sun has the full story. For those of you who are coming to the end of full-time education, you might be feeling under pressure to find something to do with your life. All of your clued-up, on-the-ball friends probably keep asking you what you’re planning to do next year and all you can do is mumble something about a Masters course. Well, if it’s not too late already, Engineering seems like a cracking job to get involved in. At least according to this Norwegian advert anyway. Finally, information from Wikipedia isn’t renowned for always being 100 per cent correct. This article about electric fan use in South Korea, however, really stretches the limits of belief. Apparently, in a phenomenon that has been termed Fan Death, many South Koreans believe that leaving an electric fan on overnight in a closed room may lead to the death of anyone sleeping there. As such, all South Korean fans turn themselves off automatically after a certain period of time.
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