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10 things we didn't know last week

17:53 UK time, Friday, 23 February 2007

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

1. Two cups of spearmint tea a day is thought to control excessive hair growth for women.
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2. Less than 5% of cohabiting couples stay together for longer than 10 years.

3. A baby can survive being born after a gestation period of 22 weeks.
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4. Dog bites have doubled in 10 years, judging by admissions to hospital.
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5. Chimpanzees make their own spears for hunting.
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6. Cross-country skiing is a useful skill to have when exploring the moon.
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7. Poor maths is costing UK shoppers £800m a year because they don’t notice when they are short-changed.

8. Peter Hain’s house in Neath has a dancefloor.

9. Trabants were made from plasticised cotton waste, called Duroplast.
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10. Tony Blair still plays his guitar most days.
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Sources: 2: the Times, 22 February; 7: Scotsman, 21 February; 8: Aga magazine;

Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Alan Chesterman for this week's picture of 10 china dolls.

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