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10 things we didn't know last week

15:32 UK time, Friday, 1 June 2007

10ducks5_203.jpgSnippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Humans' ancestors began walking upright while still living in trees.
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2. The front windows of cars must allow 70% of light through; the front windscreen 75%.
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3. Gerry Adams doesn't own a credit card, so gets a friend to download songs from the internet.
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4. The secret to happiness is accepting misery.
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5. A new three-bedroom house must have at least 38 plug sockets.
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6. The world's bestselling author, JK Rowling, has sold more than three times as many books as the next two, Enid Blyton and Dr Seuss, who have an estimated 100 million sales each.

7. Tony Blair's cabinet only made one decision in his first eight months of government. That was to leave the Millennium Dome to the prime minister.

8. No 10, Downing Street, has no keyhole.

9. Forces sweetheart Gracie Fields was stripped of British citizenship after the war.
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10. Ken Livingstone received a dancing Barbie doll as a gift from John Lewis.
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Paul Makinen for this week's picture of 10 chicks on Blackpool Sands beach in Devon.

Sources: 6 - Times, 31 May; 7 - Guardian, 29 May; 8 - Guardian, 29 May

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