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10 things we didn't know last week

17:55 UK time, Friday, 14 December 2007

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

1. Renowned atheist Professor Richard Dawkins likes singing Christmas carols.
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2. The White House grounds are a National Park.
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3. The Australian town of Eucla has its own time zone.
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4. Pentonville prison, when built in 1842, had toilets in all the cells. They were later taken out.
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5. Church of England vicars don't have to wear a collar if there's a "justifiable cause".
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6. Ike Turner made what's widely considered to be the first rock 'n' roll record - Rocket 88 - in 1951.
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7. Iago in Othello is the third longest part in all of Shakespeare's plays.
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8. The strength of wine has increased from 11.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) to 13.5% ABV in recent years.
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9. Police were banned from striking in 1919, after walk-outs that year by officers in London and Liverpool.
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10. Anyone convicted of a criminal offence is bound to pay a £15 "victims' surcharge".
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Robert Lee for this week's picture of 10 Japanese Maple leaves.

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