Here at As it Happens, we endeavour to bring the news of the day to
life. But in doing so, we must agree -- however reluctantly -- to become
story killers as well.
course of any given week, we pore over countless potential news items
before ultimately deciding to run 'em or shun 'em. We have just enough
time to bring you the very best of the best.
couple of years ago, we actually toyed with the idea of releasing a
director's cut of the show, which included all the stories that didn't
make it to air earlier in the week. It was to run all through the night
Friday, and into Saturday. But we realized it would have cut into The
Vinyl Cafe's regular time slot, and a redfaced Stuart McLean said in a
voice that wasn't small but was big, that he knew exactly how to handle a
bunch of turkeys like us.
as we approach the end of this week's programs, we're simply going to
tell you about some of the things we learned this week. The following
are just a few the stories that wound up on our cutting room floor.
at Aberdeen University in Scotland have found that women with
high-pitched voices go gaga for men with deep ones. The higher the
woman's voice, the more she appreciates sonorousness in a fellow.
study from the Max Planck Institute for Linguistics, in Nijmegen, in
the Netherlands, concludes that right-handed people -- and politicians
in particular -- gesture with their right hand when expressing positive
ideas, and with their left when conveying negative ideas. The reverse is
true for left-handed people.
out of Holland, a Dutch brewery whose name translates as "The
Refrigerated Ship" claims it has created the world's strongest beer, at
sixty per cent alcohol by volume. After a glass of that, most people's
left hands can't tell what the right one is doing.
speaking of being well-oiled, there are five-hundred, eighty thousand
kilometres of pipeline across Canada. Just one of the things you won't
find on Wikileaks, but that you do learn when you're following an oil
And on that note, please enjoy this lovely little musical interlude, while I step outside the studio for a brief moment.