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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Daily: January 15

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Abigail Laura Feetham
British Museum has record number of visitors
The British Museum has had more than one reason to celebrate recently. Not only is it the 255th anniversary of the museum, recent figures have shown that there have been a record number of visitors. According to statistics, in 1759, around 75 people a day would visit the museum to see the displays and exhibits; around 2200 to 3000 people per month. An underwhelming amount when compared to the current numbers which show that, in 2013 alone, the museum was visited by an incredible 6,701,036 people. Niel MacGregor, director of the museum, expressed his delight and stated how the displays and exhibitions of the museum are truly a "dynamic collection that belongs to and is used by a global citizenship".

Man finds Edward Hopper etching is worth £250,000
Another day and another newly discovered gem loitering in the home of an unsuspecting owner. An unnamed gentleman came forward to the Antiques Roadshow, whilst they were touring Idaho for hidden treasures, with an etching that he inherited from his grandfather. The etching turned out to be an Edward Hopper original and was valued at £250,000. When Mr Weyman, the shows expert who valued the etching, told the gentleman to insure it for a quarter-of-a-million pounds, the owner was incredibly shocked and exclaimed "that's more money than belongs in my living room!" The etching is now safely back, and most probably insured, in the living room where it has hung for many years.

Do older people really remember things in sepia?
Scientists have recently started to believe that the ability to remember colour fades alongside age; effectively meaning that memories may start to become sepia in colour. An experiment, involving a group of people in their 60s and another group in their 20s, aimed to test how accurately the participants could recall a series of colours dots. With the younger group performing better, and brain scans and recordings being taken throughout, researches now think that younger adults may be able to use a different kind of visual memory, called perceptual implicit memory, with the ability to use this implicit memory reduced by age. Dr Ko, who helped with the experiment, said that "while older adults might store the same number of items, their memory of each item is fuzzier than that of younger adults".

Condolence letters sent to Jackie Kennedy are revealed 50 years after the assassination
A series of letters that were sent to Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of her husband have been released 50 years after the incident that happened in Dallas. The John F Kennedy museum in Boston released the series which contains approximately 22,000 letters from around the globe. One letter is from a 10 year old school girl from Louisiana who wrote of how she would very much like Mrs Kennedy to visit her and expressed how "I think you're the nicest lady in the whole world. I mean it too". Each letter in the collection also includes an outgoing response from Mrs Kennedy's office and all letters are available to view at the John F Kennedy Museum.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to perform at the Grammys
The former Beatles icons are all set to perform at the 2014 Grammys. The Beatles have won the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and McCartney has been nominated for a Best Music Film Award and Best Rock Song Award, due to his collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana and for his concert movie, Live Kisses. The pair last played together at Starr's 70th Birthday in 2010 and told the Daily Mail in 2011 that they "don't live in each other's pockets, but if we're in the same country, we get together". The 2014 Grammys will take place on the 26th of January.


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