10 more things we didn’t know

30/11/2008

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 999 emergency number was chosen over 111 because telegraph wires rubbing together in the wind transmitted the equivalent of 111.
  2. In space, an item as small as a toolbag can be seen from Earth.
  3. There are only eight mycologists in the UK.
  4. US Intelligence kept a file on Tony Blair’s personal life.
  5. Premium chocolate tasters don’t swallow the goods.
  6. Police use curry to combat alleged drugs possession.
  7. A dog’s mucus enhances its sense of smell.
  8. The speechwriting “tricolon technique” has been used by Julius Caesar and Barack Obama.
  9. A French cologne has a scent inspired by the smell of human sperm.
  10. Gordon Brown writes to X Factor contestants.

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