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10 things we didn't know last week

15:55 UK time, Friday, 31 August 2012

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

1. Chimpanzees have a secret handshake.
More details (Daily Telegraph)

2. In Italian, there is a word for a summer hit song that is played everywhere you go - tormentone.
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3. The favourite number of Count von Count from the Muppets is 34,969.
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4. The writer Ian McEwan applied to work at MI5 and was rejected.
More details (FT)

5. A hurricane can make the Mississippi River run backwards for 24 hours.
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6. Ferrets are used to test the flu virus.
More details (The Independent)

7. Mitt Romney has a stake in Armitage Shanks.
More details (The Times)

8. Only Fools and Horses is popular in the Balkans.
More details (Daily Express)

9. There's a subcategory of homicide in the Philippines for so-called My Way killings - deaths which come in the wake of karaoke rows.
More details (The Times)

10. On two occasions Neil Armstrong could have been killed by malfunctioning Nasa machinery.
More details (Esquire)

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