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10:00 UK time, Saturday, 9 September 2006

10 ThingsSnippets harvested from the week's news, chopped, sliced and diced for your weekend convenience.

1. There were seven unsuccessful attempts by early humans to settle in Britain, before the first successful attempt, 12,000 years ago. (More details)

2. Chimpanzees are learning how to cross roads safely, researchers in West Africa have discovered. (More details)

3. Estate agent signs from Northern Ireland are being re-used as roofing tiles in South Africa. (More details)

4. The model railway market in Germany is the biggest in Europe and is estimated to be six times larger than in the UK. (More details)

5. Bob Dylan inspired Pam Ayres to write poetry.

6. The world's fastest supercomputer will have its speed measured in "petaflops", which represent 1,000 trillion calculations per second. (More details)

7. Migrant workers send back £149bn to their families in developing countries, says the United Nations. (More details)

8. Stingray barbs are up to six inches long and before Steve Irwin's death, they had caused only two other fatalities in Australia.

9. The term Eastenders was coined by the media in the 1880s, with these Victorian Londoners being associated with crime and ill-health.

10. The medical name for the part of the brain associated with teenage sulking is "superior temporal sulcus". (More details)

[5. Daily Telegraph, 7 September; 8. Daily Telegraph, 5 September; 9. BBC One, Who Do You Think You Are? 6 September]

[Today's picture was 10 ducks at Priorslee Flash, Telford, taken by Emma Jackson. Want to send your picture? Click here.)

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