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10 things we didn't know last week

14:43 UK time, Friday, 16 November 2012

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

1. There used to be first-class carriages on London's Tube and the Paris Metro.
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2. Virgin birth is possible for wild snakes.
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3. People are more likely to spend banknotes when they are grubby.
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4. Grasshoppers change their tune when living beside heavy traffic.
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5. You need a license to sell seaweed in England.
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6. Ovaltine was initially called Ovomaltine until a typo.
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7. Men with a partner increase the space between themselves and an attractive woman if exposed to the bonding hormone oxytocin.
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8. David Cameron prefers using pencils to pens at his desk.
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9. South American crickets hear like humans do.
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10. In Amhult where Ikea was founded, the company's hotel has a choice of reading material: the New Testament or the Ikea catalogue.
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