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

Post by Kitkat on 17th March 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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Post by Kitkat on 26th April 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 27th April 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 15th 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 5th July 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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Post by Kitkat on 27th October 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 1st November 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.
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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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Post by Kitkat on 8th November 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.
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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 5th December 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.
More details (The Economist)

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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Post by Kitkat on 22nd December 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".
Find out more (Smithsonian)


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 18th January 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 24th January 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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Post by Whiskers on 24th January 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 7th March 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.
Find out more (New York Post)

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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Post by Kitkat on 16th March 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 4th 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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Post by Kitkat on 23rd 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.
Find out more (The Local)


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 30th 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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Post by Kitkat on 15th September 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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Post by Kitkat on 23rd October 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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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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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.
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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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Post by Kitkat on 23rd July 2016, 10:48



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.
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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.
Find out more (Quartz)


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.
Find out more (The Guardian)
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Whiskers on 23rd July 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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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week ...

Post by Kitkat on 27th August 2016, 11:33

1. In the Grand Canyon, the US postal service delivers mail by mule.
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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.
Find out more (The Guardian)


4. Lawyers in the US are forbidden from using terms like "honey" and "darling" in court.
Find out more (New York Times)


5. Action movie star Jason Statham has kicked more people in his films than he has punched.
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6. Elephants can't stand chilli powder.
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7. The winner of the First Lady cookie bake off has predicted the Presidential winner each year since 1992 - except in 2008.
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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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