The Daily: January 16

We scour the news so you don't have to
Memorabilia from Marilyn Monroe to Hitler to be Sold
Around the time of Marilyn Monroe's 90th birthday a collector from Jersey will be selling his vast collection of memorabilia which has been valued for up to £10 million. It is not solely focused on this fashion icon, he regrets this saying that he, "should have concentrated on one subject" but the other items, including a gun owned by Billy the Kid are up for grabs, drawing a wider range of potential buyers. His collection even includes Nazi memorabilia such as paintings done by Adolph Hilter himself, signed and dedicated to, his wife. He says that he, "is not a fascist but they fascinate me because they were so evil" regarding the amount of Nazi artefacts he owns. He is selling off his life's hobby because he doesn't have wife and children of his own and he fears that they will be sold off for less than they are worth after his passing. He says that he would like his friends, "to benefit from what I've got" in selling his items to them he is doing this.

Bristols Science Centre wants Neanderthals for Companionship and possible Romance
Science and romance combine in this wonderfully unique event at the Bristol Science centre this Valentines Eve. An adult only event is said to be giving the attendees an opportunity to understand and debate on whether they would date, "homo neanderthalensis." Pointing out the obvious but they won't be real, just very clever copies. The Science Centre is calling out for two actors, one male and one female to disguise themselves as Neanderthals and partake in speed dating in a booth or, in other words in their habitat, "crouched behind a rock," with wigs and fur provided. A similar activity was run last year but it was discovered that 30,000 years of evolution and change was slightly too much for certain people and this year Mr Polatch says that they are, "turning to professionals." The aim is to achieve a closer understanding of the social mores of the time. It is also a properly hands on method of understanding the history of human civilisation without having to read a lengthily text book.

Opportunity to become the first James Bond Junior
Blue Peter viewers are being offered slightly more than a badge this year; they are being offered an opportunity to be part of a junior spy programme, "CBBC Intelligence Officers." They are to be taken on an exclusive tour of Thames House, the British security services London HQ, and this will be the very first time that TV cameras will be granted entry into the building. Codenamed Project Petra, after one of Blue Peters best loved pets it will be available to any 8 to 14 year olds. On the selection panel, Anthony Horowitz, a popular children/teens literature author is to be part of the process as many of his books feature spy like themes and due to his fascination with the world of secret intelligence, he says that he is, "thrilled to be part of this top secret panel." Eight candidates will be chosen to attend a special spy school, tough but described as a, "unique opportunity" these eight will then be whittled down to a mere three. Good luck.

132 Year old Rifle discovered propped up against a tree, undisturbed
There, unmoving, possibly for over a century a gun has been recently uncovered in Great Basin National Park, Nevada by archaeologists conducting a survey. The rifle which is thought to have been manufactured and shipped by the gun maker in 1882 had been leaning against the Juniper tree for such a long while that the wood of the stock was crack and the barrel rusted, a decrepit but amazing find. It has been proven that it was there a long while due to the evidence that the stock was buried in dirt but the exact time frame is unclear, "it really is a mystery." Known as the 'gun that won the West,' there were over 700,000 manufactured Winchester Rifles due to their incredible popularity between 1873 and 1916. Camouflaged due to its grey stock being of a similar hue to the tree it has been overlooked by previous archaeology teams although will now be conserved by experts to prevent it deteriorating any further but will not be restored to a false, new state before it is put on park display.

Every Finnish Baby Receives a Life Starter Pack
Finland, one of the happiest countries in the world and one with the lowest infant mortality rate has a tradition dating back to the 1930s of issuing baby starter pack. In the 1930s Finland was a poor country with a shockingly high infant mortality rate, 65 out of 1000 but the figures improved rapidly in the decades that followed the new baby starter back scheme. At almost 75 years of age it is now an established part of Finnish rite of passage towards parenthood and a clever way of giving a helpful push in the direction of parenting requirements. The cardboard box that the starter pack is issued in also doubles up as a comfortable crib with a mattress in the bottom, this cardboard box is most Finnish babies' first bed. The boxes are gender neutral therefore if your child grows up and you have another you can, if needs be, reuse the old starter pack and claim the cash equivalent. Because of this excellent scheme, infant mortality rate in Finland has dropped from 65 out of 1,000 to under 5 in 1,000.