About a cancer mystery: Although Newfoundland has a lower over-all cancer rate than any other province, the incidence of stomach cancer is much higher than in any other part of Canada (32.7 per 100,000 population, against a national incidence of 22.7). "We just have no way to explain this,” says Dr. A. J. Phillips of the National Cancer Institute of Canada.
About brunettes: Gentlemen now prefer them, according to Mr. Albert, a Hollywood hair stylist. He credits Sophia Loren. Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy with inspiring a flight from the bleach bottle.
About bagpipes: Although they’re still produced in Scotland, there’s almost nothing Scottish about them any more except the music they play. The drones are of African ebony, the reeds come from Spain, the ivory from India, and the ribbons from Switzerland. Now even the bag. traditionally made from native sheepskin, is being made of Australian kangaroo skin. There’s a canny Scottish reason: kangaroo skin lasts longer.
About Canadiana: Canadian book buyers normally pay more than the original prices for English and American books, but students of Canadian history may find it especially painful to pay for a slim volume currently on the market. The book is Basic Documents in Canadian History, edited by James T. Talman, of the University of Western Ontario, and published by D. Van Nostrand Company (Canada) Ltd. The cover gives the price of the book as $1.25, then adds: “In Canada $1.35.”
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