In 2018, the Nigerian government spent more on subsidies for petrol than on health, , or defence.

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CD sales still make up 78% of music revenue in Japan (compared with less than 30% in the UK).

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80% of prisoners released late 2018 in a presidential pardon have opted to return to Kinshasa’s infamous Makala jail due to lack of means to live.

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Some blind people can understand speech that is almost three times faster than the fastest speech sighted people can understand. They can use speech synthesisers set at at 800 words per minute (conversational speech is 120–150 wpm). Research suggests that a section of the brain that normally responds to light is re-mapped in blind people to process sound.

That is all from52 things Tom Whitwell learned this year.  Hat tip goes toThe Browser— do subscribe!