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100

Thought to be the most popular name in the world.

Muhammad

100

His goal was to raise £1000 for NHS. He raised. 

 £33 million/$57 million

100

The religious celebration of Easter might have deep roots to ancient Christian traditions, but the name itself comes from pagans. 

Yes. The Old English worshipped a fertility god named Ostara and the Celtics worshipped a similar god called Eostre. Both “Ostara” and “Eostre” gave us modern English words such as estrogen, estrus and Easter.

These early pagan customs also established the iconic myth of the Easter Bunny. These early people worshipped rabbits as god-like creatures because of their ability to mate and reproduce in astounding abundance.
 

100

World's happiest country in 2020.

100

How can eating this harm the orangutans?

Half the packaged food (and other) products found on supermarket shelves now contain palm oil. The main threat to the survival of orangutan populations in the wild is the massive expansion of palm oil plantations in Borneo and Sumatra.

200

The world's most earthquake-prone country.

Japan

200

Reason for this former OIS student singing barefoot.

Why Does Angelina Jordan Perform Barefoot?

When Angelina was 6 years old, she met a homeless girl around her age in Iran. (Her grandmother is Iranian artist Mery Zamani) The girl did not have any shoes, and Angelina says her feet were scarred. Angelina gave the girl her own shoes.

According to her website, Angelina then “vowed never to appear on stage again wearing shoes until all the world’s children had them.” She keeps that promise to this day, as she says that little girl “is always in my heart.”


200

The colour painted on the Easter egg represents this.

The egg appears in many ancient traditions as a symbol for life, or life's beginnings. In medieval Europe, eggs were often one of the first foods — blessed by a priest of course — eaten after the Lenten fast. The practice of dyeing eggs can be traced back to early Greek and Syrian Christians, who exchanged crimson eggs "to represent the blood of Christ".

200

The youngest country in the world.

South Sudan

200

The issue here. 

More than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since it won the right to host the World Cup 10 years ago, the Guardian can reveal.

300

The percentage of the world’s population that watched both the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup games.

Nearly 50%

300

The weight of plastic removed from our oceans by the NGO founded by a former OIS student.  In blue whales equivalents. 

300

The reason we celebrate Annen Påskedag in Norway.

Andredagene oppsto som en konsekvens av store avstander i den norske geografien. For at alle som har ønsket det skulle kunne ha gudstjeneste, har vi hatt bruk for dem fordi vi er så desentralisert.

300

Are there more than 24 time zones around the world?

Yes

300

Two animals thought to be linked to Covid-19 

Pangolins and bats

400

Place where Norwegian technology has just gone.

Mars

400

The world's best football club.

Manchester United. Marcus Rashford has helped raise £20 million for a charity which is providing free food for children. 

400

Country with the biggest Easter egg.

Canada

400

Country estimated to have more islands than any other country.

Sweden

400

The time George Floyd couldn't breathe. 

$27 million settlement

500

Countries that still have a royal family - within 10.

43

500

Names of the documentaries about them.

I Am Greta

He Named Me Malala

500

Country that gave us the Easter Egg.

Much like the rabbit in Old English and Celtic customs, the Egyptians saw the egg as a symbol of birth and life. They believed the Earth was hatched from an egg and even buried their noblemen with eggs in their tombs.

500

The number of people on the planet today within 100  million.

500

Good global piece of news

Increase in life expectancy

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