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10 things we didn't know last week

18:17 UK time, Friday, 11 July 2008

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

1. A monsoon is a wind, rather than rain.
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2. More than 12,000 laptops a week go missing at US airports.
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3. Synod is pronounced SIN-uhd, and Sentamu (as in John) is pronounced with a stress on the first syllable - SENT-uh-moo.
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4. Women with large breasts pay more for their bras at Marks & Spencer than their smaller chested counterparts.
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5. Some slugs are carnivores, and have razor-sharp teeth.
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6. The average UK household bins £8-worth of leftovers a week.
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7. Pears sink while apples float.
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8. One in 20 of Britain's population will attend a summer festival.
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9. One in three tickets sold at London theatres are for musicals.
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10. Whipping someone until they bleed - even if they encourage it - is a criminal offence.
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to John Murray for this week's picture of 10 female mallard ducks on a swan's nest on the River Dee. The swans had actually built their nest on the edge of the weir that separates the tidal section from freshwater, he says.

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