The numbers for May 24, 2013: 50 years of library fines

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Numbers can be dry, especially for an insurance processor. But home insurer Schofields does get some amusing claims every so often, including damages for construction of an indoor beach and pig's blood. (The Telegraph)

500 years

The age of German beer purity law "Reinheitsgebot." The Association of German Breweries is worried that hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" could jeapardize the purity of the groundwater that goes into beer. (Der Spiegel)

163 mph

The speed of a bike powered with hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide is combined with a catalyst to make heat, water and then steam. The steam shoots out of a tiny nozzle on the bike to push it forward. And bravo to the cyclist for following that all important rule: Always wear a helmet. (The Telegraph)

50 years

Keith Richards admitted to owing 50 years worth of library fines. Might be time to find that book and return it? (NME)

2

How many heavy metal albums Christopher Lee has released. You may remember him from "Lord of the Rings" or "Dracula." "Charlemagne: The Omens of Death" comes out next week. (Hammer)

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Katie Long is a contributing digital producer for Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Tech.
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