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10 things we didn't know last week

12:36 UK time, Friday, 6 April 2012

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

1. The US Postal Service still uses mule trains to reach some post offices.
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2. Timbuktu is twinned with Hay-on-Wye in Wales.
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3. James Murdoch was once a cartoonist for a satirical magazine.
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4. King Edward VIII could surf. He is thought to have been the first British surfer to be photographed. Agatha Christie was a wave rider too.
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5. The shortest standard distance considered an "ultra-marathon" is 50km or 31.07 miles.
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6. Placing a stamp with the Queen's head upside down on an envelope is not treason, or indeed against any rules.
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7. The celebrated Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury was only planted in 1951.
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8. You can buy socks made out of bamboo.
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9. Red Bull was originally called Red Water Buffalo.
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10. The US's smallest town had a population of one.
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