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10 things we didn't know last week

14:33 UK time, Friday, 26 August 2011

Snippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Apple founder Steve Jobs patented designs for two glass staircases.
More details (New York Times)

2. Almost a quarter of new words added to the Chambers Dictionary come from internet culture.
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3. Female birds like confident males.
More details (Press Association)

4. Col Gaddafi's compound contained a photo album filled with pictures of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
More details (Associated Press)

5. "Astoundingly thick" is an acceptable description of someone who performs badly on Mastermind.
More details (Daily Telegraph)

6. Our ancestors began cooking 1.9 million years ago.
More details (The Times)

7. Stress really does make hair turn grey.
More details (Daily Telegraph)

8. A planet 4,000 light years away from earth is made almost entirely of diamonds.
More details (The Times)

9. Getting married increases the risk of putting on weight.
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10. Britons are now twice as likely to be bitten by a mosquito in the UK than in the 10 years to 2006.
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