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10 things we didn't know last week

17:10 UK time, Friday, 13 March 2009

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

1. Holding your hands up on a rollercoaster stretches the torso, enhancing the physical sensations.
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2. We got Vikings wrong - new research at Cambridge University concludes they were more traders than raiders, who worked hard to settle into new societies as good immigrants.
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3. Monkeys floss.
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4. And ducks can be gay.
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5. 'YR' was an abbreviation for "your" in the 17th and 18th Century too.
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6. On 11 September 2001, WTC workers took an average of five to eight minutes to leave their desks - finishing e-mails, filing papers, and some went to the toilet.
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7. And in 1985's Manchester Airport crash, some passengers stopped to take luggage out of the overhead bins as the plane burned on the runway.
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8. A "sonic brand trigger" is ad-land's term for aural branding - such as BA's opera music or Intel's short string of beeps - used instead of jingles.
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9. Electronic cigarettes exist. .
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10. Biggest first date faux pas? Clicking your fingers at the waiter.
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Cate Mackenzie for this week's picture of 10 pedalos on Lake Lugano, Switzerland.

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