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10 things we didn't know last week

17:25 UK time, Friday, 2 October 2009

10_red_hot_pokers226.jpgSnippets 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.
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2. Ken Livingstone was twice rejected for a cameo in EastEnders.
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3. Colin Powell speaks Yiddish.
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4. Tesco sells two sewing machines every minute.
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5. Homes are 4C warmer, on average, than they were 50 years ago.
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6. Turtles can swim 900km (559 miles) in a month.
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7. Coffins can be made out of banana leaves. Keith Floyd was buried in one.
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8. Michael Jackson had tattooed eyebrows and lips.
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9. The most common names for swingers are Paul and Catherine.
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10. There are about 100 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne.
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Jo Lewis for this week's picture of 10 red hot pokers at St Agnes on the Isles of Scilly.

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