10 more things we didn’t know

30/05/2009

1010 things we didn’t know, from last weeks news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

Courtesy of BBC Magazine Monitor, your recommended daily allowance of news and culture.

  1. Beer mat collectors are called tegestologists.
  2. A train that arrives 10 minutes late can still be officially on time.
  3. The word “laodicean” means to be indifferent in matters of politics or religion.
  4. Sounds have shapes.
  5. People can overdose on chewing gum.
  6. Only one in 10 people with Tourette Syndrome swears.
  7. Just two people know the recipe for Irn Bru.
  8. Stabbing in the buttocks has its own verb in Roman dialect.
  9. Places with slow or non-existent broadband are called notspots.
  10. The world’s longest recorded marriage is 86 years.

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10 more things we didn’t know

16/05/2009

1010 things we didn’t know, from last weeks news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

Courtesy of BBC Magazine Monitor, your recommended daily allowance of news and culture.

  1. Sending nude images via a mobile phone is called “sexting“.
  2. Miss Universe must remain single for a year.
  3. The Odeon cinema chains are named after their British founder Oscar Deutsch, and the acronym stands for Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation.
  4. Use of the word “carbuncle” to describe a building was first made in the 19th Century to describe Buckingham Palace.
  5. We are born violent.
  6. And a tribe in Bolivia has a festival of violence to settle disputes.
  7. Joanna Lumley was sounded out by Labour to run as London Mayor in 2000.
  8. Plants can water themselves.
  9. Emotionally intelligent women orgasm more.
  10. Some petals have velcro-like surfaces.

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10 more things we didn’t know

10/05/2009

1010 things we didn’t know, from last weeks news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

Courtesy of BBC Magazine Monitor, your recommended daily allowance of news and culture.

  1. There is a real place called Hicksville.
  2. Britain once sent an envoy with a quadruple-barrelled name to Moscow – Admiral Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurley Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax.
  3. Sikhs do not have to wear motorcycle crash helmets.
  4. Napoleon wrote chick-lit.
  5. John Prescott‘s toilet seat broke twice.
  6. Tom Hanks watches Loose Women.
  7. Youth hostelling was invented in Germany in 1912.
  8. The use of the word “rat” as an insult in English goes back at least until the 16th Century.
  9. Two main muscles are used for smiling – the zygomatic muscle turns the corner of the lips up and the orbicularis oculi crinkles the corners of the eyes.
  10. Birds are actually really rather clever.

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10 more things we didn’t know

02/05/2009

1010 things we didn’t know, from last weeks news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

Courtesy of BBC Magazine Monitor, your recommended daily allowance of news and culture.

  1. Diamonds can be blue.
  2. Birds can dance.
  3. You can get a driving licence and credit card in the name of Pudsey Bear, but not a passport.
  4. The annual salary for the Poet Laureate is £5,750.
  5. Many mosques in Mecca point the wrong way for prayers.
  6. Flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs.
  7. An outbreak of swine flu in 1976 killed one person but a vaccine to combat it killed 25.
  8. Adults who are sexually attracted to teenagers are called hebophiles.
  9. David Attenborough doesn’t own any pets.
  10. Prince was born with epilepsy.

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10 more things we didn’t know

25/04/2009

1010 things we didn’t know, from last weeks news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

Courtesy of BBC Magazine Monitor, your recommended daily allowance of news and culture.

  1. Five trees make an orchard.
  2. Matthew Parris once ran the London Marathon in 2hrs 32m, the fastest by an MP.
  3. Paper can be made from wombat poo.
  4. Robin Hood had no Maid Marian in the early days.
  5. British consumption of poultry increased 25-fold between 1950 and 2000.
  6. Video Killed the Radio Star was inspired by a JG Ballard short story.
  7. Wine varies in taste from day to day.
  8. French women are the lightest in the EU. British women are the heaviest.
  9. The sun is dimmest it has been for a century.
  10. There’s a swear word in The Beatles song, Hey Jude.

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10 more things we didn’t know

17/04/2009

1010 things we didn’t know, from last weeks news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

Courtesy of BBC Magazine Monitor, your recommended daily allowance of news and culture.

  1. Squatters take over islands, as well as homes.
  2. White wine has more calories than red wine.
  3. Some ants reproduce without sex.
  4. About 15% of the world’s wine bottles have screw caps.
  5. If you list your religion as Jedi on the census, the Office of National Statistics will class this as atheist.
  6. Pandas prefer artificial sweetener to sugar.
  7. Pigs are the fourth most intelligent animals.
  8. Being sorry originally meant to be distressed and sad.
  9. About one in 30 people suffers from agoraphobia.
  10. A thrown shoe is considered an insult in India, as well as the Middle East, where George Bush famously dodged a lobbed loafer.

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10 more things we didn’t know

04/04/2009

1010 things we didn’t know, from last weeks news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

Courtesy of BBC Magazine Monitor, your recommended daily allowance of news and culture.

  1. The song Agadoo by Black Lace is originally French.
  2. There are 19 countries in the G20.
  3. The American signal to stop is a cross of the forearms.
  4. It requires 60 tonnes of paint to paint the Eiffel Tower.
  5. Eating custard cakes daily does not prevent a very long life.
  6. Chicks count.
  7. Michelle Obama does high fives.
  8. When photographing a group of heads of state, the host should stand in the centre at the front and next to him should be the longest-serving leaders.
  9. Too many grapefruits is bad for you.
  10. The police tactic of confining demonstrators in a confined space is called kettling.

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