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10 things we didn't know last week

17:12 UK time, Friday, 17 July 2009

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

1. A new element cannot be named after a living person.
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2. Plants that smell of almonds or marzipan are more likely to be poisonous.
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3. The UK's median gross annual salary is £20,801.
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4. The best Italian saffron is made from crocus flowers picked at dawn.
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5. The world's longest bench is 613 metres.
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6. Testicular cancer only accounts for 1-2% of male cancers.
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7. Brahms liked his audience to clap in between movements.
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8. Zoos in China use female dogs as surrogate mothers for baby tigers, lions and bear cubs.
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9. Some lizards are so light they fall to the ground like a feather.
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10. Buzz Aldrin received Holy Communion on the moon.
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Heidi Adnum for this picture of 10 Greylag geese in Hyde Park, London.

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