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10 things we didn't know last week

15:25 UK time, Friday, 9 February 2007

Snippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

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1. Catherine Cookson novels have been borrowed from UK libraries 25 million times in the last 10 years.

2. Ireland has the highest crime rate in the European Union.
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3. A pig's mood is indicated by its tail. It is happy when the tail is tightly coiled and unhappy when it hangs limp.
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4. The National Theatre's electricity bill is £600,000 a year.

5. There is one practising GP among the MPs in the House of Commons - Labour's Howard Stoate.

6. Astronauts wear nappies during launch and re-entry because they can't stop what they're doing should they need to urinate.
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7. Vikings may have used a special crystal to navigate when fog obscured the sun.

8. Frankie Laine set a marathon dance record of 3501 hours in 145 consecutive days in 1932.
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9. Eighty-eight percent of children in Poland aged 12 to 18 use instant messaging, compared to 50% in the UK, says a survey.

10. The Southern Cross has more stars than the five commonly depicted on the Australian flag, astronomers have discovered.

Sources where stories not linked: 1. TImes, Friday 4. Guardian, Wednesday 5. Guardian, Saturday 9. Daily Telegraph, Tuesday. 10. Times, Friday.

Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Judy Toms in Wales for this week's picture of 10 artificial legs in Corfu.

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