10 things we didn't know last week
Snippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.
1. The UK produces 8% of the world's scientific papers, the third most behind the US and China.
2. Ken Livingstone was twice rejected for a cameo in EastEnders.
3. Colin Powell speaks Yiddish.
More details (the Times)
4. Tesco sells two sewing machines every minute.
5. Homes are 4C warmer, on average, than they were 50 years ago.
6. Turtles can swim 900km (559 miles) in a month.
7. Coffins can be made out of banana leaves. Keith Floyd was buried in one.
8. Michael Jackson had tattooed eyebrows and lips.
9. The most common names for swingers are Paul and Catherine.
More details (Daily Telegraph)
10. There are about 100 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne.
More details (Daily Mirror)
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