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10 things we didn't know last week

15:42 UK time, Friday, 4 April 2008

10_cherryb_203.jpgSnippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Only 1% of parking tickets are appealed against, despite more than half of all appeals being successful.
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2. The Romans were the first to introduce the image of Britannia to coins and it was reintroduced by Charles II.
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3. Wild birds’ eggs have no monetary value.
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4. Thalidomide is used to treat bone marrow cancer.
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5. The Olympic torch is designed to withstand winds of up to 65 kms per hour and stay alight in rain up to 50mm an hour.
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6. Its flame gets its own hotel room and is protected overnight by a flame attendant.

7. It costs $100,000 to hunt a rhino in South Africa.
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8. The term "Killing Fields", used to describe the mass graves caused by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, was coined by journalist Dith Pran, whose story was the focus of the film by the same name.
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9. The world’s longest-running factory in is Derbyshire.
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10. Kids are 1cm taller than 10 years ago.

Sources: 10 - Sunday Times

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