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Post by Kitkat on Mon 17 Mar 2014, 14:13

1. Elephants can differentiate between men and women, and between different ethnicities, when they hear a voice.

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2. The line often attributed to John Lennon - "Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world. He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles" - was actually uttered by British comedian Jasper Carrott in 1983.

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3. Lone peacocks fake the noise of sexual congress to attract peahens.

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4. Bradley Wiggins is a fan of the Archers.

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5. There were pygmy tyrannosaurs.

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6. The rise of Genghis Khan's empire coincided with the mildest, wettest weather in more than 1,000 years, which may have kept his horses well fed.

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7. The "five-second rule" does work - time is a significant factor in the transfer of germs from floor to food.

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8. If a kitten doesn't encounter a human in a friendly context between the ages of three to eight weeks, it is more liable to go feral.

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9. Humans make almost identical judgements of other people merely by hearing (not seeing) them say "hello".

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10. Animals avoid power lines because they see frightening ultraviolet flashes that are invisible to humans.

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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 08:41

1. Czech deer still avoid the Iron Curtain.

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2. Bath is the personal debt capital of Britain.

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3. Putting broken pottery in plant pots doesn't aid drainage.

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4. William Hague is a hero of former US President Jimmy Carter.

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5. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is accompanied by a multitude of note-taking officials and generals on site visits for "on-the-spot guidance".

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6. Women's behaviour can be unconsciously influenced by their hip size.

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7. The mysterious quacking heard in the Southern Ocean between winter and spring is the underwater chatter of Antarctic minke whales.

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8. In satisfaction terms, going to the library is like getting a pay rise of £1,359 while having a gym membership is like having your pay docked £1,318.

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9. Antarctica was once as warm as modern-day California.

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10. Stone-age hunter-gatherers shunned farming.

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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Umberto Cocopop on Sun 27 Apr 2014, 16:57

KitKat wrote:1. Czech deer still avoid the Iron Curtain.

I already knew that. yahboocat 

The geographical preferences of Czech deer being a particular interest of mine.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Stardust on Thu 15 May 2014, 13:17

KitKat wrote:Humans make almost identical judgements of other people merely by hearing (not seeing) them say "hello".
Find out more (New Scientist)

Have to watch that when answering the phone then.

But then again it might be fun to use different tones of voice each time, just to muddle people's perception.


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Post by Kitkat on Sat 05 Jul 2014, 13:08

1. Detainees at Guantanamo are allowed to watch the World Cup but don't see it live - it is made available a day later to ensure nothing subversive can be conveyed.
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2. Kangaroos use their tails as a third leg.
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3. When making a decision, former England and Derbyshire fast bowler Devon Malcolm asks himself: "What would Margaret Beckett do?"
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4. Marinading meat in beer before a barbecue cuts the number of harmful particles that form on the meat.
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5. Paul Weller's guilty pleasure is to watch a rom-com with a plate of After Eights.
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6. The gene that helps Tibetans live at altitude comes from an extinct human species, the Denisovans.
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7. Wild chimps communicate 19 specific messages to one another with a "lexicon" of 66 gestures.
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8. Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, spends up to 40 minutes a day squatting and repeating an Eastern Orthodox prayer.
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9. Hail nets - common in wine-growing areas - are banned in Burgundy.
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10. Men would rather give themselves electric shocks than be left alone with their thoughts.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Mon 27 Oct 2014, 11:28

1. Gladiators were mostly vegetarian.
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2. The bass line of Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side cost £17.
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3. Human sexual intercourse evolved from the activities of a bony fish - Microbrachius dicki - in Scottish lakes 385 million years ago.
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4. In 1964, the most common age of death in England and Wales was zero.
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5. The Swiss Guard's Vatican cookbook called "Buon Appetito" is available in German but not Italian.
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6. Overfed mice that are exposed to UV light stop putting on weight.
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7. Quality champagne tastes better out of a wine glass than a flute.
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8. Posties feel they are not allowed to use the term "junk mail".
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9. Bread with white and blue mould on it is fine to cut around and eat but black mould is dangerous.
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10. Only 5% of adults had gum disease in Roman Briton, compared to nearly one in three adults today.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 01 Nov 2014, 12:55

1. America used at least 1,000 ex-Nazis as spies in the Cold War.
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2. Scratching an itch really does make it itch more.
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3. Two per cent of Anglican clergy are not sure whether God is "more than a human construct".
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4. New York has its own species of frog that has gone undiscovered for decades.
Find out more (National Geographic)


5. There have been lions in London since the 13th Century - arriving either in 1210 or 1235 - although they may have died out briefly under Henry VI in 1436.
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6. Sage enhances your brain's performance.
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7. The consumption of French fries and pizzas on the world's second largest cruise ship rises if there are more Americans and children on board.
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8. The Ritz in London still uses traditional keys rather than key cards.
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9. Danish people enjoy a long-form version of the happiness gene serotonin, while people from Britain and the US have shorter forms.
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10. Musicians have the same life expectancy as Zimbabweans.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Sat 08 Nov 2014, 11:04

1. Olive oil and baking powder are rubbed onto parts of the Sydney Opera House in order to maintain it.
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2. South Korean soap operas are popular in Cuba.
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3. A porcupine can fight off a pride of lions.
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4. Bats jam rivals' senses in the race for food by sabotaging their sound signals.
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5. Iran publishes three times more books than all Arab nations combined.
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6. Islamic State's supposed women's wing has launched an online recipe service for jihadist wives. Millet balls are said to go well with coffee in between battles.
Find out more (The Times)


7. Taylor Swift sold more albums in seven days than the combined total of numbers two to 107 on the Billboard chart.
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8. Happiness nosedives as you hit middle age, but only if you live in the affluent West.
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9. Female tilapia fish can tell how dominant a male is by smelling his pee.
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10. The most common culprits for mistaken UFO sightings in France are Chinese lanterns.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Fri 05 Dec 2014, 19:17

Sadly, the BBC News Magazine site, from where I used to get these interesting snippets, has now closed down. thumbdown

Happily, though, they have provided us with an archive for posterity  :thumb: , which saves all the weekly "10 things we didn't know last week" entries.

So, we can continue with our 10 things news lists - just randomly picking a week from the past.

This week's '10 things' is from Friday, 12th April 2003.





1. Tears do not fall in space.
More details (Daily Telegraph)

2. Employees who install new web browsers on their computers perform better on average than those who use the default pre-installed browser that came with their machine.
More details (The Economist])

3. Methane eating micro-organisms carry out a deep clean of the oceans after an oil spill.
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4. Scientists are conducting searches for signs of extraterrestrial engineering.
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5. The most popular place to hide valuables is a sock drawer.
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6. Fractions of virtual currency Bitcoin are known as satoshis.
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7. People in China hold "fake funerals" for themselves, so they can "enjoy" the day.
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8. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak belonged to a group of hackers and hobbyists called the Homebrew Computer Club.
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9. Brains can be rendered transparent.
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10. Countries with the death penalty are now outnumbered by about five to one, by those who have abolished it.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Mon 22 Dec 2014, 16:56

update   It's back again!  shrug  

Perhaps I just dreamt it after all ........  surprised





1. The US National Security Agency used to have a Clown Club for staff members.
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2. There is a deep sea snail named after Joe Strummer.
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3. Main characters are more likely to die in children's cartoons than in films for adults.
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4. The origins of Monopoly go back decades earlier than previously thought to the Landlord's Game, patented in 1904 by the feminist Lizzie Magie. It had a square board with nine rectangular spaces on each side between corners labelled "Go to Jail" and "Public Park".
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5. There is more water locked deep within the Earth's crust than previously thought - at about 11 million cubic kilometres it's more than all the world's rivers, swamps and lakes put together.
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6. The Star Wars character Han Solo was partly based on Francis Ford Coppola.
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7. The late Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe had a long-running fantasy about marrying Princess Margaret.
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8. Christingle started in Germany in 1747 but didn't reach the UK until 1968.
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9. The three escapees whose story was told in the movie Escape From Alcatraz (and who were never found) could have survived if they set off after midnight but before 01:00.
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10. Arctic ground squirrels hasten the release of greenhouse gases.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 18 Jan 2015, 13:24



1. Jamaica, Colombia and Saint Lucia are the only countries in the world where a woman is more likely to be a boss than a man.
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2. No-one has won a Spot The Ball competition for 10 years.
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3. You can buy a Lycra outfit for a camel.
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4. Shredded Wheat's early packaging recommended serving it with a poached egg.
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5. Edwards County, Texas, has roughly one person and 22 goats per square mile.
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6. One in 10 of Britain's train carriages flush toilet waste straight onto the railway tracks.
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7. Men are less promiscuous when women are scarce.
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8. A recently published image of a thresher shark giving birth may be the only photograph ever taken of an oceanic shark in labour.
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9. About 30 copies of Charlie Hebdo are sold in the UK in a normal week.
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10. Thundersnow is like a thunderstorm but brighter, less noisy and with snow instead of rain.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 24 Jan 2015, 07:52

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1. Couples in the Danish town of Thisted are having more babies to keep public services going.
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2. Women are almost two thirds more likely than men to believe in God.
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3. MI5 bars applicants with visible tattoos.
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4. Nando's is one of the biggest buyers of contemporary South African art.
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5. The average life of a web page is about a hundred days.
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6. It Is Illegal to Kiss With a Moustache in Nevada, and Other Crazy U.S. Laws
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7. The Greater London Authority owns a cast iron, Grade II-listed pissoir called the Rotunda, although its present whereabouts is unknown.
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8. The collapse of the Soviet Union led to a decline in the number of wild boar, brown bear and moose in most regions of Russia.
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9. Dagenham is Britain's most burgled town.
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10. The sewage from a city of a million people contains about $13m (£8.66m) worth of metal a year - about a fifth of the value comes from silver and gold.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Whiskers on Sat 24 Jan 2015, 20:11

Urrr ... note to self. If you ever decide to move home DONT go to live in America,

where not only is it illegal to kiss a man with a moustache in Nevada bawl
but in New Jersey a person can be arrested for slurping soup sigh
in Oregon, "one may not test their physical endurance while driving a car on a highway"! Shocked  no comment
in Kentucky, paint your lawn red and you'll end up with a red bottom   spank
In Ohio, it’s illegal to get undressed in front of a man’s portrait  shame
and horror of horrors --- in Atlanta you can be arrested for putting your ice-cream cone in your back pocket!   wtfcat
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 16:51

1. People tend to unconsciously sniff their hands after a handshake.
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2. The full name of Super Mario's pet dinosaur Yoshi is T Yoshisaur Munchakoopas.
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3. A swarm of red bees was responsible for the discovery of New York's biggest marijuana farm.
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4. BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet once curled at provincial level in Canada.
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5. During the Nazi occupation of France, Wallis Simpson got American diplomats to rescue her favourite Nile green swimsuit from the Windsors' rented villa on the Cote d'Azur.
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6. Dogs are less stressed when classical music is played to them.
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7. An athlete named Reg Spiers posted himself from London, UK, to Perth, Australia in the mid-1960s in a wooden crate.
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8. King Arthur may have been Glaswegian.
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9. Fewer large US companies are run by women than by men named John.
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10. Lions can open car doors.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Mon 16 Mar 2015, 12:08

1. Mares prefer stallions with deep whinnies.
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2. UK Chancellor George Osborne is amused by the idea of visiting a hard hat factory.
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3. Scotland has the terroir for growing the world's finest tea.
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4. Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela has more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the world.
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5. Winston Churchill tried to give Lincoln Cathedral's copy of Magna Carta to the US to help convince the Americans to join World War Two.
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6. Putting a lightbulb inside a fruit or vegetable shows that they all emit light differently - rough surfaced items like cauliflower create the most interesting effect.
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7. A man-sized lobster lived 480 million years ago.
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8. At Hotel Football, run by ex-Manchester United players, Gary Neville is represented in the bathroom by blackcurrant extract shampoo while brother Phil is a bar of soap.
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9. Chameleons change colour by rearranging crystals rather than dispersing pigments.
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10. The Finnish prime minister has a 95-year-old great uncle who skis every Saturday and Sunday.
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 04 May 2015, 13:12

1. Shipwrecked 170-year-old champagne tastes "grilled, spicy, smoky, and leathery".
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2. The first sports bra was made from two jock straps.
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3. Your body odour genes may make you tastier to mosquitoes.
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4. You can make perfume from rain.
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5. Nearly half of Americans - 150 million people - live in earthquake risk zones.
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6. The ocean economy is valued at $24tn, the seventh largest in the world.
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7. Chewing something can partially excise "earworms".
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8. Alex Salmond changed his signature after being told off by the Queen for having messy writing.
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9. Vultures surf on the heat of power plants.
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10. "Roadman" is northern slang for someone who thoroughly knows his area.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Sat 23 May 2015, 22:44

1. Tom Cruise advised Nasa on how to design their website.
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2. Drug dealers in Marseille offer loyalty cards.
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3.Police at the US Capitol receive training to prevent them leaving their guns behind when they go to the toilet.
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4. "Cazh", meaning casual, is now acceptable in Scrabble - as well as "lolz","shizzle" and "bezzy".
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5. It's possible to brew morphine using a home-made beer kit.
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6. Young blood can mend old broken bones.
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7. Crows are protective of their tools - they tuck them under their toes or hide them in holes - even more so when higher up a tree.
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8. The modern strawberry was born after a French spy brought back a South American species from Chile in 1712.
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9. Wives of the super-rich in New York sometimes earn bonuses from their husbands for getting the children into prestigious schools or managing the home budget well.
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10. Stone tools existed before the earliest humans.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 30 May 2015, 08:44

1. The worst times to drink coffee are between 08:00-09:00, 12:00-13:00 and 17:30-18:30. The best is about an hour after waking up, regardless of the time.
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2. South African President Jacob Zuma's state-funded £215,000 swimming pool at his home was for "security".
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3. The design of a park near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is landscaped to cut down noise pollution.
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4. The chances of a successful bank robbery are higher in the morning - but it's also among the least lucrative crimes.
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5. British people reach job contentment at 32 - after an average of three job moves - and value an easy daily commute the highest.
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6. Sleep training can reduce people's unconscious racist or sexist bias.
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7. Spiders serenade their mates, using leaves to transmit their courtship song.
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8. "Manspreading" can get you arrested in New York.
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9. A text message of specific Arabic characters will crash iPhones if the notifications are turned on.
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10. Professional dog walkers in the UK are earning an average of £26,500 - more than nurses.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 18:51




1. Whisky tastes different when it matures in space.
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2. People were making porridge 32,000 years ago.
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3. The simpler and more repetitive a song's lyrics, the more likely it is to reach number one in the Billboard Hot 100, debut in the top 40 and climb the chart more rapidly.
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4. At least three earthquakes strike the UK every year because of human activity.
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5. Sperm whales have different dialects.
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6. There is a fish in Australia called the "blue bastard".
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7. It's possible to trick a driverless car into thinking it's about to crash using lasers.
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8. Obesity could lower the risk of developing arthritis in men.
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9. The producer who was Gordon the Gopher's puppeteer is now the BBC's head of editorial standards.
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10. Children are the most fun to be around at the age of five.
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and .....  Here's one I bet you never thought of before:   cheesy
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 23 Oct 2015, 12:25

1. People who like their coffee black are more likely to be psychopaths.
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2. Traditional societies sleep on average for six hours and 25 minutes.
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3. It was normal for women in 18th and 19th-century China to have two husbands.
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4. American toddlers are shooting one person a week on average in 2015.
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5. People from Glasgow have the sexiest accent in the UK, according to Americans.
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6. The US still has not eradicated the plague.
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7. China is home to more billionaires than the US.
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8. Bees are attracted to caffeinated plants.
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9. The first humans to leave Africa went to China not Europe.
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10. People with tattoos are more aggressive and rebellious.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 20 Dec 2015, 17:11



1. People who swear have larger vocabularies.
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2. It's possible to trick the brain into thinking it can hear Mariah Carey sing All I Want For Christmas Is You.
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3. Most people who were dollar billionaires in 1995 aren't billionaires any more.
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4. The European Space Agency has only ever held three recruitment rounds - in 1978, 1992 and 2008.
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5. People asked Google "What is 0 divided by 0?" in 2015 more than "What is Isis?"
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6. The average American has 7.31 missing teeth, while the equivalent English person has 6.97.
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7. You can buy a bed that will swallow you in the event of an earthquake.
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8. Lettuce requires three times the emissions per calorie to produce as bacon.
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9. Among the USA's 1,000 most senior medical academics, there are more moustaches than women.
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10. There have been 727 references to Bob Dylan in scientific papers published since the 1970s.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

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1. Shakespeare's skull may have been looted.
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2. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appears to support the rights of goldfish.
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3. The "best public toilet in the South Pacific" is a tourist attraction in Vanuatu.
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4. JK Rowling was advised to take a writing course when she sent a manuscript to publishers under a false name.
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5. Human noses are less effective at air conditioning the body than the noses of chimpanzees and macaques.
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6. Shoe box-shaped concert halls make audiences feel more emotional.
Find out more (Daily Telegraph)

7. Hamlet was performed on a ship off the coast of what is now Sierra Leone five years after its London debut.
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8. Nobody noticed when Kraft changed its macaroni and cheese recipe.
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9. Female burying beetles zap their male partners with an anti-aphrodisiac to stop them wanting sex.
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10. In Dublin, you can pay for coffee with a poem on March 21.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

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1.
Mosquitoes carrying malaria are repelled by chickens.
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2. The original Bramley apple tree is still alive at the age of 207… but is suffering from a fungal infection.
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3. Protestors at the Republican convention were banned from carrying tennis balls but were allowed to carry guns.
Find out more (Huffington Post)


4. In some remote areas of Malawi, parents pay a man to have sex with their daughters at the age of 12 or 13.
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5. In the run-up to the 2015 general election, Nick Clegg spent weeks recreating a Carly Rae Jepson music video.
Find out more (The Times)


6. Whales grieve for friends and relatives and hold vigils.
Find out more (National Geographic)


7. People are selling their mobile phone videos of shootings to licensing companies - for a profit share.
Find out more (Fortune)


8. Bees spit water at each other in hot weather.
Find out more (New Scientist)


9. It's possible to serve draught beer on a plane - but the physics are tricky.
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10. You can't be nominated for a guest actor Emmy if you've been in a show for half of the season or more.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Whiskers on Sat 23 Jul 2016, 21:31

6. Whales grieve for friends and relatives and hold vigils.

It takes a study for scientists to realise that animals grieve and show emotions?!  wtfcat   facepalm
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1. In the Grand Canyon, the US postal service delivers mail by mule.
Find out more (Smithsonian)


2. It would take 112,000 years to fly to the nearest Earth-like world travelling at 25,000mph.
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3. Woody Allen spends $100 a week on lottery tickets.
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4. Lawyers in the US are forbidden from using terms like "honey" and "darling" in court.
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5. Action movie star Jason Statham has kicked more people in his films than he has punched.
Find out more (Gizmodo)


6. Elephants can't stand chilli powder.
Find out more (Washington Post)


7. The winner of the First Lady cookie bake off has predicted the Presidential winner each year since 1992 - except in 2008.
Find out more (Mic)


8. There's a strong chance the most hated word in the English language is "moist".
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9. Dolls designed to put girls off pregnancy may encourage them instead.
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10. Japanese companies pay handsome men to make staff cry.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 12:44

1. Dolphins appear to talk in sentences.
Find out more (International Business Times)

2. New Zealand has a sperm shortage.
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3.
There is a drone-racing league.
Find out more (New York Times)

4.
Doctors estimate dying patients will live twice as long as they actually do.
Find out more (The Times)

5.
Most beer contains a product made from the swim bladder of fish.
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6.
How drunk you think you are depends on how drunk your friends are.
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7.
A Harvester restaurant in Gloucester, England, already has its Christmas decorations up.
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8.
You can earn a washing machine by picking 10 tonnes of cotton in eastern Uzbekistan.
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9.
There's an "elderly Olympics" in which residents of Swiss retirement homes compete against each other.
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10.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Wed 15 Feb 2017, 15:55

1. Johnny Depp is alleged to have spent $30,000 a month on fine wine.
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2. The Great Scottish half-marathon course is 150m too short.
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3. You can carry one falcon in economy class on a Qatar Airways flight.
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4. Galactic X-rays could point to dark matter proof.
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5. A dating app is being developed to help orangutans find a love match.
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6. A man sold his back tattoo to German art collector, for 150,000 Euros.
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7. Being 'hangry' actually exists.
Find out more (New Scientist)


8. A virtual reality game could help detect schizophrenia.
Find out more (Evening Standard)


9. 31 small cat species hail from seven distinct lineages.
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10. David Beckham owns over 1000 pairs of football boots.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Stardust on Wed 15 Feb 2017, 16:40

Kitkat wrote:1. Johnny Depp is alleged to have spent $30,000 a month on fine wine.
I've read several reports that Johnny Depp is bankrupt or at least in financial difficulty. If that's true and he's daft enough to spend $30,000 a month on fine wine then it serves him right.


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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Sun 19 Feb 2017, 12:18

Stardust wrote:
Kitkat wrote:1. Johnny Depp is alleged to have spent $30,000 a month on fine wine.
I've read several reports that Johnny Depp is bankrupt or at least in financial difficulty. If that's true and he's daft enough to spend $30,000 a month on fine wine then it serves him right.


My heart bleeds .....  cheesy

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/jennifer-selway/763041/johnny-depp-wealthy-still-unhappy?utm_source=traffic.outbrain&utm_medium=traffic.outbrain&utm_term=traffic.outbrain&utm_content=traffic.outbrain&utm_campaign=traffic.outbrain

He has 45 classic cars and a luxury yacht. He won’t fly anywhere except by private plane and rents a Gulfstream GV at a cost of $200,000 a month.
He owns over 70 valuable guitars. He buys jewellery, Andy Warhols and Hollywood memorabilia. He spends over $30,000 a month on “fine” wines. He blew $3million blasting his friend Hunter S Thompson’s ashes into space.
He has 14 homes including a French chateau, a chain of islands in the Bahamas and several homes in California. He has an army of staff and 24-hour security.
This all costs him $2million a month and he still has a substantial amount notched up on his Visa card. He also looks perpetually miserable.
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Post by Stardust on Mon 20 Feb 2017, 14:58

He should have stayed with Vanessa. His loss.


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1. Nicole Kidman has a unique way of clapping.
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2. Bees can play
football and score goals.
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3. A loaf of
bread emits half a kilo of CO2.
Find out more (New Scientist)

4. A quarter of
all McDonald's Filet-o-fish sandwiches are sold during Lent.
Find out more (Time)

5. Scientists can grow
human cells on apples.
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6. Termites bang their
heads to mimic ant footsteps.
Find out more (New Scientist)

7. People who have
sex are happier due to the higher levels of "affectionate touch".
Find out more (Independent)

8. Rihanna travels with
a case containing her own personal supply of spices.
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9. A public swimming
pool typically contains 75 litres of urine.
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10. Even school goldfish
get a flaming Viking boat burial in Orkney.
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1. Tyrannosaurus Rex was a sensitive lover
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2. Eating salt makes you need the loo more in the night
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3. Canada is going to legalise marijuana "next July"
Find out more (CBC)


4. The new £1 coins have a "hidden" security feature
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5. Mice have been living alongside humans for 15,000 years
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6. Eating fruit may be the key to the evolution of bigger brains in humans
Find out more (Science Magazine)


7. Gary Barlow is going to be in the next Star Wars film
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8. Ketchup and brown sauce should be kept in the fridge
Find out more (Evening Standard)


9. You will no longer be able to get heartburn and indigestion drugs on the NHS
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10. Playing Tetris can help the recovery of trauma victims
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1. Serena Williams won a grand slam when she was 10 weeks pregnant.
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2. An Austrian town has had a resident hermit since 1664.
Find out more (National Post)


3. Netflix subscribers have spent more than half a billion hours watching Adam Sandler films.
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4. Creative people physically see and process the world differently.
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5. "Dalek", "TARDIS" and "cybermen" are all in the Oxford English Dictionary.
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6. There are 20,000 objects larger than 10cm flying around Earth, which are big enough to cause "catastrophic damage".
Find out more (Digital Trends)


7. Cycling to work could "halve your cancer risk".
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8. Prince used to travel under the name Peter Bravestrong.
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9. Scientists have found live specimens of the rare giant shipworm for the first time.
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10. You can take a course studying Dolly Parton at the University of Tennessee.
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1. Miley Cyrus is in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
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2. There are still nine Blockbusters open in Alaska.
Find out more (5 News)


3. Voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa can't understand Icelandic.
Find out more (Mashable)


4. Scientists have discovered a caterpillar that can eat plastic.
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5. There's a real life "Ironman" and he's British.
Find out more (The Telegraph)


6. Brewdog employees will get one week's paid leave if they adopt a puppy or rescue dog.
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7. There's a crisp shortage in Japan.
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8. A 'plastic bag' womb can keep baby lambs alive.
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9. Ivanka Trump's earrings don't match.
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10. You can learn the Game of Thrones language Dothraki at university.
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1. A Star Wars villain has the fastest-rising baby name in the US.
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2. Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers.
Find out more (The Guardian)


3. Atheists maybe more intelligent than religious people, according to a study.
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4. There are only 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild.
Find out more (National Geographic)


5. Beauty sleep actually works.
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6. We could be finally getting a redhead emoji.
Find out more (The Telegraph)


7. A London private school may let boys wear skirts.
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8. "Fat but fit" is a myth according to scientists.
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9. The King of the Netherlands secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years.
Find out more (CNN)


10. Paul McCartney is going to be in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film.
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1. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson "announced" he will run for president in 2020.
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2. Mouse sperm can survive in space.
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3. There are now pink pineapples.
Find out more (Evening Standard)


4. Whales only became huge 2-3 million years ago.
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5. Vic Reeves is going to be in Corrie.
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6. We are running out of sand.
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7. Even dead flamingos can stand on one leg.
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8. Robotic police officers are about to be deployed in Dubai.
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9. Big cats like the smell of Chanel perfume.
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10. Your brain has a sixth sense that "predicts" the future.
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1. Barack Obama wore the same dinner jacket and shoes for eight years.
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2. A plague of rats
has hit an Island in the Indian Ocean - prompting fears of an impending earthquake.
Find out more (Daily Mail)

3. Walmart has asked
employees to deliver online orders to customers on their way home from work.
Find out more (The Guardian)

4. Thom Yorke 'nearly
walked off stage' during Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury performance.
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5. Your printer might
be adding a secret code to all your documents.
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6. Wolves have a
sense of "fair play".
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7. There's a schoolboy
with a higher IQ than Stephen Hawking.
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8. 146 people have
died in the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race.
Find out more (New York Times)

9. Scientists have found
a hellish planet where the "surface" temperature is over 4,000C.
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10.
Ed Sheeran can fit 55 Maltesers in his mouth.
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1. Usain Bolt will star in the popular video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.
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2. Hedgehogs can inflate to double their normal size.
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3. Jeremy Corbyn's son looks like Elijah Wood.
Find out more (The Mirror)


4. Renault sells nail polishes so female drivers can match their cars.
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5. You can distract some spiders with a laser pointer - preferably a red one.
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6. There's an eight-year-old boy in India who is 6ft 6ins tall.
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7. 11. First-born sons are 24% more likely to land top managerial positions than their younger male siblings - according to a German study.
Find out more (Indy100)


8. When Batman actor Adam West - who has died - fell on hard times in the 1970s, he agreed to be fired out of giant cannon at a town carnival.
Find out more (Vulture)


9. If you buy McDonald's' best burger in France, you can now eat it with a knife and fork.
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10. Glastonbury pays bands 'less than 10%' of what they'd bring in from other festivals.
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1. Brian Cant's audition for Play School involved him sitting in a cardboard box
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2. Some British consumers in the 1960s enjoyed eating avocados with custard
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3. Next year 1 billion people will be aged over 60
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4. There are 3.7 sugar cubes in a serving of Frosties (Kellogg's)
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5. You should not eat mangoes in a heatwave
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6. Canada has released a glow in the dark coin
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7. A baby born on a plane was given free flights for life
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8. Older fathers have 'geekier sons'
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9. Costa Rica's president accidentally ate a wasp during an interview on live TV
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10. An Italian airport is defying the liquid carry-on rules, and letting passengers travel with large jars of pesto
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1. Rihanna's secret boyfriend has been revealed
Find out more (The Telegraph)


2. Middle-aged office workers apparently spend more time sitting down than pensioners
Find out more (Mail Online)


3. Cambridge has been ranked as the most-vibrant place to shop in the UK
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4. Sweden has the lowest proportion of ATM machines in western Europe
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5. China is building a 40,000 tree "forest city" to fight air pollution
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6. Dutch students have powered a bus with ant venom
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7. People throw away eight million disposable nappies every day in the UK
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8. Artists can now only have a maximum of three songs in the Top 100 Singles chart
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9. Californian solar firms are making so much energy that they are paying energy companies in other US states to take it
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10. Robot brickies could mean building sites become "human free" zones by 2050
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1. More than eight billion cans of Spam have been sold over the past 80 years.
Find out more (Live science)

2. Sports Direct's Mike Ashley allegedly "vomited into fireplace" at a business meeting in a pub - a court has heard.
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3. Rice
- when prepared in the right way - can bounce.
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4. The world's most detailed scan
of the brain's internal wiring has been produced by scientists at Cardiff University.
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5. The asteroid strike
that killed off the dinosaurs could be the reason there are so many different kinds of frogs.
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6. More than a third of Premier League
football fans watch matches live online via unofficial streams.
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7. The grandson of the first-ever NHS patient
married the granddaughter of the prime minister whose government founded the service in 1948.
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8. Roman concrete
grows stronger over time.
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9. If Facebook were a religion,
it would be the second largest in the world (after Christianity).
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10. Just 150 passengers
use Wales's quietest train station each year.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 23 Jul 2017, 10:39

1. Apparently, flight attendants don't like passengers asking for diet coke because it takes too long to pour.
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2. A security robot "drowned" in a fountain in Washington DC.
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3. A man who earned a reputation as Britain's rudest bookseller, and charged customers a 50p browsing fee, is quitting his shop.
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4. Daniel Radcliffe came to the aid of a mugging victim.
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5. There's a real-life Rapunzel in France - and she's only 9 months old.
Find out more (The Sun)


6. The frozen bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier.
Find out more (The Guardian)


7. Russia's consumer rights watchdog is to investigate fidget spinners amid claims on state TV that the gadgets could be used by political opponents to lure children.
Find out more (Daily Telegraph)


8. A nurse has quit the NHS over parking fines, saying she got an £80 ticket after working late to treat a patient who went into cardiac arrest.
Find out more (The Independent)


9. Surgeons have removed 27 contact lenses from the eye of a woman who had been admitted to hospital for routine cataract surgery.
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10. The UK's "most dangerous" bus stop has been revealed - and it's infested with 50p-sized false widow spiders.
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1. Puppies have a stroppy teenage phase around the age of eight months.
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2. More than half of the UK's international airports lack free drinking water fountains.
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3. More than 2,500 grocery products have been subject to so-called "shrinkflation" in the past five years.
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4. One fifth of the world's superyachts are made in the Italian coastal town of Viareggio.
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5. The US military spends almost $42m (£32m) a year on the erectile dysfunction medication Viagra.
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6. There is a bin which turns kitchen waste into plant food.
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7. More than one quarter of food outlets in England are takeaways.
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8. Forty per cent of America's gun owners have not received formal firearms training.
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9. The Time Lord's name is Doctor Who, not the Doctor.
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10. There is a dating app just for verified Twitter users.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun 06 Aug 2017, 13:19

1. Caterpillars in Lancashire are turning into "exploding zombies".
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2. Emailing is still the most common internet activity in Britain.
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3. A group of walkers in the Cotswolds claimed they were stalked by a "growling" big cat for more than a mile.
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4. About 10 million Britons may have skipped sleep or made themselves tired the next day because they were binge-watching TV.
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5. Driverless buses are now on the streets of the Estonian capital Tallinn - there have been "no major incidents" but a number of near misses.
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6. Bees understand the concept of zero.
Find out more (New Scientist)


6. An electric pedal bike share scheme has begun in the hilly streets of the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
Find out more (The Guardian)


8. A new water-filled container could reduce the weight of washing machines by a third.
Find out more (The Telegraph)


9. The UK's busiest roads could be covered with special "tunnels" to absorb pollution and improve air quality.
Find out more (The Guardian)


10. Food banks are running out of provisions because hungry children don't have access to free school meals during the summer holidays.
Find out more (The Independent)
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 19:57



1. 'Cat's eyes' in Suffolk are to be renamed 'road studs' after confused foreign tourists thought they were made from real cats.
Find out more (Daily Mail)  Oh, for pity's sake ... schaterlach

2. The name Pakistan is an acronym, and was first coined - without the letter 'i' - in 1933.
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3. A rare white moose has been captured on film in Sweden.
Find out more (The Independent)


4. Scientists have found the missing link between plant-eating and carnivorous dinosaurs.
Find out more


5. Female characters get all the worst lines in films, despite making the most money in lead roles - says a study of 1000 film scripts.
Find out more (The Independent)


6. You may have been pronouncing Primark wrong.
Find out more (The Evening Standard)


7. In some US states it's illegal to take down monuments or change street names honouring the Confederacy.
Find out more (Los Angeles Times)


8. Goldie collects kimonos.
Find out more (The Evening Standard)


9. There are more than 10,000 motorists are allowed on the roads with 12 points on their licence.
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10. A TV studio is reported to be in talks to adapt "The Bad Boys of Brexit" - a book about the political campaigning around Brexit.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on Sun 27 Aug 2017, 15:25

1. Eminem says he's planning on moving to Scotland.
Find out more (The Scottish Sun)


2. Two golden phonograph records were almost thrown off space probes Voyager 1 and 2 due to a rogue inscription.
Find out more (New Yorker)


3. Big Ben at Legoland is also silencing its chimes.
Find out more (Evening Standard)


4. Taylor Swift's latest single contains "an interpolation of a melody" from Right Said Fred's 1991 hit "I'm Too Sexy".
Find out more


5. Monkeys can see faces in inanimate objects.
Find out more (New Scientist)


6. The Babylonians developed their own form of trigonometry 3,700 years ago and it is "superior" to modern day methods.
Find out more (The Independent)


7. Driverless lorries are coming to UK roads.
Find out more


8. Climate change could make fish shrink in size by 30%.
Find out more (Mail Online)


9. French president Emmanuel Macron has racked up a €26,000 (nearly £24,000) make-up bill since May.
Find out more (The Guardian)


10. £203,583 in loose change was found on public transport in London over the past year, according to Transport For London.
Find out more (The Evening Standard)
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

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1. The fossil of a marine reptile "re-discovered" in a museum is the largest of its kind on record
Find out more (National Geographic)


2. South Africa's original language has only three remaining speakers
Find out more


3. Surgery waiting times in Wales are up 400%
Find out more (The Guardian)


4. Information from the Cassini spacecraft hints that Saturn's spectacular rings may be relatively young
Find out more (Daily Mail)


5. Smell may play a key role when birds are navigating long distances over the oceans
Find out more (Science Daily)


6. A new "hotel" experience is being planned for overnight trains to Scotland
Find out more (The Guardian)


7. A fictional country used as part of military exercises in Belarus now has a foreign ministry, flag, history and Wikipedia page
Find out more


8. Elephant grass could significantly reduce the construction industry's impact on the environment
Find out more


9. The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient's own immune system so that it attacks cancer
Find out more (Daily Telegraph)


10. Researchers have discovered 381 new species of plants and animals during a two-year study in the Amazon
Find out more
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Whiskers on Mon 04 Sep 2017, 14:31

6. A new "hotel" experience is being planned for overnight trains to Scotland
Find out more (The Guardian)


Megabus had a great sleeper coach and train service.  Such a shame they have now stopped doing it.

https://uk.megabus.com/products/megabus-gold

It was very basic, but you didnt expect 5-star creature comforts at those prices.  I'm thinking this new "hotel service" might be costing an arm and a leg, so the people who did use the Megabus and miss it wont be taking advantage of this new service.  Could be wrong though, maybe people will prefer to travel in style and wont mind paying for it.

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