EU data watchdog says internet platforms that collect user data are like sweatshops exploiting users in exchange for so called “free” services – Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection

My father’s beloved Swedish meatballs are actually Turkish. – Kris Bramwell and Dilay Yalcin, BBC

Both in rich and poor countries, universal health care brings huge benefits- The Economist

Smart people have bigger brain cells than the rest of us – Jessica Hamzelou, New Scientist

Society, not biology, makes men bad at friendship. Ezra Klein tries to explain why men are “so shit at friendship.” – Leah Fessler, Quartzy

7 Odd street signs meant to help travellers – Carl Pettit, Fodor’s Travel


May 2

1536Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.

1611: The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.

1670: King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson’s Bay Company to open up the fur trade in Canada. The Royal Charter granted exclusive trading rights of the Hudson Bay watershed to “the Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson Bay.” The HBC is the oldest incorporated joint-stock merchandising company in the English-speaking world.

1918General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company.

1939: The National Film Board of Canada is founded. Watch films from the NFB’s catalogue online.

1945: World War II: The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin. German General Weidling surrenders.

1964: First ascent of Shishapangma by a Chinese expedition led by Xǔ Jìng. The fourteenth highest mountain in the world at 8,027 metres (26,335 ft) above sea level, the lowest of the Eight-thousanders. It was the last 8,000 metre peak to be climbed, due to its location entirely within Tibet and the restrictions on visits by foreign travellers to the region.

1969: The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) departs on her maiden voyage from Southampton, U.K. to New York City, taking just over 4 days, 16 hours to complete the crossing.

2008: Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions homeless.

2011: The 41st Canadian federal election is held, in which the governing Conservative Party, led by incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper, increases their number of seats from a minority to a majority.

2011: Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks in the USA is killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.