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100 things we didn't know last year (2016)

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100 things we didn't know last year (2016)

Post by Kitkat on 31st December 2016, 19:10

1. You could probably outrun a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
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2. Ronald Reagan suggested that Margaret Thatcher read Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy in order to understand Soviet thinking.
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3. German tourists can travel to more countries without a visa than any other nationality.
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4. People played with a fifth suit of cards in the 1930s.
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5. There are about three million shipwrecks lying on the ocean floor.
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6. YouTube was originally meant to be an online dating site.
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7. Parents are worse at telling if their child is lying than complete strangers.
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8. London Underground journeys take more than four times longer for disabled people.
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9. Air rage is more common on flights with a first-class cabin.
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10. Boris Johnson knows how to sing Ode to Joy in German.
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11. The spice turmeric may help stave off dementia
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12. The world's most dangerous school run may be in south-western China, where children have to climb down an 800m cliff.
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13. The oldest world title in sport is for real tennis and it dates back to 1740.
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14. Male sparrows retaliate when females are unfaithful by providing less food.
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15. Fish can recognise human faces.
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16. Sadness causes more road accidents than tiredness.
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17. The tattoo policy of the US Marine Corps is 32 pages long.
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18. Exercising four hours after learning can help you remember information.
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19. The speed Batman reaches while gliding through the air would probably kill him on landing.
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20. Elderly monkeys choose to have fewer friends.
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21. Albania awards diplomatic passports to its international football players.
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22. Trevor Nunn has directed every one of Shakespeare's plays.
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23. Prime Minister Theresa May owns more than 100 cookbooks - but none by Delia Smith.
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24. The fertility drug Pergonal was developed using gallons of nuns' urine.
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25. Even in the early 1970s, women in the UK frequently had to get a male relative's signature to get a loan.
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26. Every winter, great white sharks swim for 30 to 40 days to congregate at a particular spot halfway between Mexico and Hawaii. No-one knows why.
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27. Fewer than one in five listed statues in the UK are of women.
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28. Every English elm is descended from a single tree imported by the Romans.
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29. The "Arsenal" letters outside the football club's stadium are an anti-attack measure.
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30. "Burn" is the most heavy metal word in the English language, and "particularly" is the least.
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31. Australia is moving 7cm (2.75in) north every year
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32. There are at least 42 different fares for rail travel between London Euston and Birmingham, ranging from £6 to £119.
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33. Extroverted CEOs make their companies less money.
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34. One female Greenland shark is around 400 years of age, making the species the longest-living vertebrate known on Earth.
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35. Only about half of perceived friendships are mutual.
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36. Holding your coffee cup from above in a claw-like grip is the best way to prevent it from spilling.
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37. A hot bath could be better than cycling at lowering the blood sugar levels of type-2 diabetics
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38. Being the sole breadwinner is bad for men's health but good for women's.
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39. Most dogs prefer praise to food.
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40. A fifth of UK parents regret the names they gave their children.
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41. New Yorkers would pay $56 a month to trim a minute off their commute.
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42. Georgetown University in Washington sold 272 slaves in 1838 to help pay off the institution's debts.
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43. Mayors in Pakistan can run cities from jail.
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44. It would take 112,000 years to fly to the nearest Earth-like world travelling at 25,000mph.
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45. Woody Allen spends $100 a week on lottery tickets.
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46. In the Grand Canyon, the US postal service delivers mail by mule.
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47. It's possible to be arrested for being drunk while riding a mobility scooter.
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48. Intelligent people tend to be messier and swear more than others.
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49. Protesters at a Republican party convention are banned from carrying tennis balls but are allowed to carry guns.
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50. Bees spit water at each other in hot weather.
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51. 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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52. Mosquitoes carrying malaria are repelled by chickens.
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53. At US airports, the usual limits on taking liquids through security do not apply if the liquid is holding live fish.
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54. There is a scientific reason why some people have "uncombable" hair.
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55. Some porn sites have a voiceover function for blind people that explains what's going on.
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56. So many Ford Sierra Cosworths were stolen or written off that surviving models have become very valuable.
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57. The son of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar works as an architect in Argentina.
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58. There is a way to get people with strong views to consider alternative arguments (that doesn't involve shouting or violence).
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59. Doctors estimate dying patients will live twice as long as they actually do.
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60. How drunk you think you are depends on how drunk your friends are.
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61. A pack of Smarties is more likely to be missing red than any other colour.
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62. Dating app Tinder has 37 options for defining gender, beyond male or female.
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63. Three British and three Dutch World War Two ships have vanished from the bottom of the Java Sea.
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64. Someone has a job making wooden tanks for Islamic State.
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65. You can get pregnant while already being pregnant.
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66. Industrial spills may be more dangerous in cold weather.
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67. London's benchmark interest rate, Libor, was invented by a Greek banker arranging a loan for Iran.
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68. The most historically accurate recent Oscar contender is Selma and the least is The Imitation Game.
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69. The new Bank of England £5 note is not suitable for vegetarians...
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70. ...But you can use it to play vinyl records.
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71. Fidel Castro's obituary cost the New York Times more man and woman hours over the years than any other article in the newspaper's history.
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72. Pigeons can distinguish real words from nonsense.
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73. Under triathlon rules, competitors are allowed to help each other.
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74. There are only 28 websites on the internet in North Korea.
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75. A litre of cow urine is more valuable to an Indian farmer than a litre of milk.
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76. More than 200 UK drivers are at least 100 years old.
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77. Giraffes are four species, not one.
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78. Most British tourists in the Spanish resort of Magaluf are on their first holiday without their families.
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79. People spend 1.3 years of their life on average deciding what to watch on television.
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80. Heading a football can reduce your memory for 24 hours.
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81. Urinating men are eroding the world's tallest church.
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82. The world's top institution for undergraduates, measured by Nobel prize winners per 10,000 students, is the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris.
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83. Your doctor's political preferences can influence the treatment they recommend.
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84. Close-protection security consultants work on the principle that a client should never be more than eight seconds from rescue.
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85. Teenage acne is not all bad news: Unblemished skin ages faster.
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86. The mammal that kills the most members of its own species is not the human, the bear or the wolf, but the meerkat.
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87. Putting an image of a flat screen TV on a box containing a bicycle reduces the chance of damage during delivery by up to 80%.
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88. Riding a rollercoaster can help you pass kidney stones.
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89. You can run over a golf ball with a steamroller and still not damage it.
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90. About 1.7% of the UK population identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
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91. Replacing the artificial colouring in blue M&Ms would require twice the current global supply of the natural alternative.
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92. Cod have regional accents.
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93. Rainbows can also occur at night.
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94. You can't return or rescind a Nobel prize.
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95. Drivers in China who dazzle other road users with full-beam headlights are made to stare into the lights for a minute as punishment.
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96. The UK's National Sperm Bank has taken on only seven men.
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97. Chimpanzees are as good at recognising each other's bottoms as humans are at recognising faces.
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98. Trees on city streets may worsen rather than reduce air pollution.
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99. Women can improve their chances of winning board games against men by playing rock music in the background.
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100. A 66-year-old albatross is still fertile.
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year (2016)

Post by Stardust on 2nd January 2017, 11:11

@Kitkat wrote:10. Boris Johnson knows how to sing Ode to Joy in German.
Oooh... I would love to hear that.
I'm pretty fond of BJ, flamboyant and extravagant and funny...
...and it seems he can also sing, and in German to boot.
I checked and he only sings a few words, followed by the same from dear old Mr Bean.

Don't you just love them both. happyheart



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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year (2016)

Post by Stardust on 2nd January 2017, 11:17

@Kitkat wrote:
12. The world's most dangerous school run may be in south-western China, where children have to climb down an 800m cliff.
That's bad enough, but that means that after classes they also have to climb back up again. What a Face  facepalm
Those that survive must be extremely fit by the time they finish their schooling, but at what cost to those that don't make it.



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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year (2016)

Post by Stardust on 2nd January 2017, 11:27

@Kitkat wrote:
36. Holding your coffee cup from above in a claw-like grip is the best way to prevent it from spilling.
OK if it's lukewarm, otherwise the steam will burn your palm... and as for drinking it...  very difficult, though a straw would work if the coffee is only lukewarm.
Personally I like my coffee piping hot so that system would definitely not work for me, and I need a cup with a handle too, not a plastic goblet.
judge  No junk coffee for me.



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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year (2016)

Post by Kitkat on 2nd January 2017, 17:35

@Stardust wrote:
@Kitkat wrote:10. Boris Johnson knows how to sing Ode to Joy in German.
Oooh... I would love to hear that.
I'm pretty fond of BJ, flamboyant and extravagant and funny...
...and it seems he can also sing, and in German to boot.
I checked and he only sings a few words, followed by the same from dear old Mr Bean.

Haha giggle - So he doesn't really know the whole lot - he just learned those few words from watching Mr Bean. Laughing
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year (2016)

Post by Jamboree on 3rd January 2017, 05:09

Slowly reading my way through all of those choice snippets. :thumb:
Might be another new year come round by the time I get through all the reading though!

    Current date/time is 19th April 2018, 16:37