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Traffic jams on Dutch highways continue to grow

Posted on April 2nd 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, News

The Verkeers Informatie Dienst (Dutch traffic information services) announced today that, in the first three months of this year, the length of traffic jams in the Netherlands has increased by 19.2% compared to last year. More »

New tunnels for Dutch snakes and salamanders

Posted on March 6th 2006 by Arthur in Nature, News

This week the city of Wageningen has introduced two tunnels under a busy road that allows ringed snakes and salamanders to cross safely. These passageways have been around for toads, but are new for snakes and salamanders. More »

Scientists decipher mysterious Nebra disc

Posted on March 3rd 2006 by Arthur in News, Science & technology

The purpose of the mysterious 3,600-year-old Bronze Age sky disc of Nebra, which caused a world-wide sensation when it was brought to the attention of the German public in 2002, is no longer a matter of speculation. German scientists have discovered that the disc was used as an advanced astronomical clock. More »

Giant squid on display in London’s NHM

Posted on March 1st 2006 by Arthur in Museums, Nature, News

A giant squid of 8.62m (28ft), nicknamed Archie after its Latin name Architeuthis dux, is on display at the Darwin Centre of London’s Natural History Museum. It is one of the biggest and most complete giant squids every found! More »

Belgians profit from new Dutch Coca-Cola bottles

Posted on February 28th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, News, Shopping & Stuff

Since Coca-Cola introduced new types of bottles in the Netherlands they are now the same as those in Belgium. However, the Coca-Cola Company bottles here have a deposit of €0.25, but that is not the case in Belgium. Since the introduction Belgians have been crossing the border en masse to turn in their non-deposit bottles at supermarkets for €0.25 each. More »

Jump rope record broken in Etten-Leur

Posted on February 27th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, News

Today, in the Dutch town of Etten-Leur, the world record of the largest number of people to jump rope simultaneously was broken. The original British record from 2004 of 2,350 people was broken today with a new total of 3,426. More »

World population passed 6.5 billion today

Posted on February 26th 2006 by Arthur in Nature, News

This morning at 1:16am CET, Earth’s population hit 6.5 billion people. The next benchmark will be six years from now; the Earth will be home to 7 billion people on 18 October 2012. More »

Pet Chickens Tossed Into Petting Zoos, Farmsexternal link

Posted on February 24th 2006 by Arthur in Birds, Life in Holland, Nature, News

Dutch bird hobbyists, who keep chickens, geese and ducks as pets, are giving their birds to local petting zoos and children’s farms out of fear of bird flu. At farms and petting zoos in cities like the Hague, Apeldoorn and Leideschendam, the pet birds have been tossed into the yard by their owners!

Dutch cars will get emission stickers

Posted on February 24th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News

Dutch cars will get a sticker that says how much they pollute. Towns will be able to use this information to change their parking policies; dirtier cars will pay more. More »

Fancy Coca-Cola bottles cost 40% more

Posted on February 23rd 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News, Shopping & Stuff

Three weeks after Coca-Cola introduced new bottles here in the Netherlands, the soft drink giant raised prices of bottles this week with 40%, while many consumers have complained about the flimsiness of the new one-time-use bottles. More »