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10 things we didn't know last week

18:06 UK time, Friday, 27 October 2006

red_arrows203.jpg1. Pelicans can swallow pigeons whole.
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2. Pelicans were first introduced into London's St James's Park as a gift from the Russian ambassador.
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3. Sex workers in Roman times charged the equivalent price of eight glasses of red wine.
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4. Only 12% of the adult male population had more than one sexual partner in the past year, says the Office for National Statistics.

5. Finland is the only country in the world which broadcasts the news in Latin.
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6. The 100-million-year-old bee fossil found in Burma is so well preserved scientists can see individual hairs.
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7. English is now the only "traditional" academic subject in the top 10 most popular university courses.
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8. The number of people committing suicide in the UK has fallen to its lowest recorded level.
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9. A very small front garden can hold up to 700 different species of insect.
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10. Kellogg's Special K in the UK has 31% more sugar than Special K in the US.

[4. Reuters, 26 October, 10. Guardian, 26 October] Thanks to Jon Norfield for the picture of 10 Red Arrows, which he took at the Dunsfold air show. "They fly the Hawk T1A RAF Fast Jet Trainer," says Mr Norfield. "This is a rare sight as the team only fly with 9 aircraft."

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