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10 things we didn't know last week

11:58 UK time, Friday, 10 August 2012

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

1. Mice can be genetically modified to run 5km on a treadmill without stopping.
More details (Financial Times)

2. The earliest known use of "OMG" was in a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill.
More details (New York Magazine)

3. Olympic swimmers pee in the pool.
More details (Evening Standard)

4. Schiphol airport has used drones to scare away geese.
More details (Guardian)

5. It takes more energy to sit through a 15 minute meeting than it takes Usain Bolt to run three Olympic 100m races.
More details (Economist)

6. Submerged beetles create air bubbles around their feet to allow them to grip.
More details

7. Sir Chris Hoy is a trained barista.
More details (The Times)

8. Stressed men find heavier women more attractive.
More details

9. Sleep deprived birds sire more chicks.
More details

10. Pink was chosen as the Olympic colour to stand out from London transport colours.
More details (Economist)

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