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10 things we didn't know last week

Post by Kitkat on Sat 28 Jun 2014 - 8:54

1. The first bar code on a commercial product was on a packet of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum.
Find out more (Economist)

2. Leaving envelopes full of cash in public places is forbidden by French law, punishable with a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine of 30,000 euros.
Find out more (the Times)

3. Vampire bats have lost much of their ability to taste bitter flavours.
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4. Early risers are more unethical at night and night owls more immoral in the morning.
Find out more (Harvard Business Review)

5. Barack Obama has played golf 177 times since becoming president.
Find out more (Washington Post)

6. In Uruguay, football players who don't strive hard enough to win a game are called "pecho frío", which means "cold heart".
Find out more (Guardian)

7. You can peel 1kg of new potatoes in 50 seconds by putting the potatoes in a bucket, and using a hose and a drill.
Find out more (Daily Telegraph)

8. There have been 418 major drone crashes since 2001.
Find out more (Smithsonian)

9. Before this World Cup, England had never fielded a left-footed goalkeeper - that changed with Ben Foster's selection against Costa Rica.
Find out more (the Times)

10. What helps us associate hangovers with the desire not to drink so much again is the brain's lateral habenula.
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Re: 10 things we didn't know last week

Post by Kitkat on Sat 13 Sep 2014 - 15:38

1. Babies born in the winter start crawling earlier than those born in summer.
Find out more (Newswise)

2. At least three Google employees have lived for months in their vehicles on the firm's California campus, eating in the staff cafeteria and showering in gyms.
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3. People can answer word tests correctly while asleep.
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4. If everyone had only one soulmate, true love would be found only in one lifetime out of 10,000.
Find out more (The Guardian)

5. Pele - christened Edson Arantes do Nascimento - was named after Thomas Edison.
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6. Over the last 13 years of his life, Andy Warhol stored 300,000 everyday objects including a fan letters, a lump of concrete, used condoms and thousands of postage stamps in 610 cardboard boxes.
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7. The largest hunting dinosaur probably ate whole sharks.
Find out more (New Scientist)

8. According to instructions set out by a Babylonian scribe, Noah's ark would have to be woven with a rope that would stretch from London to Edinburgh.
Find out more (The Times)

9. The first DNA fingerprint used in court prevented a young immigrant being sent back to Ghana.
Find out more (Science Museum blog)

10. The late Sir Donald Sinden was the last person alive who knew Oscar Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and one of only two people to attend his funeral.
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