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10 things we didn't know last week

17:45 UK time, Friday, 29 September 2006

10lanterns_203.jpg1. There are more than 600 full-time creative writing degree courses at UK universities. More details

2. Lionesses favour balder lions, with less of a hairy mane.

3. Ubuntu, espoused by Bill Clinton, is the African philosophy which means "I am because you are”. More details

4. Menthol cigarettes are harder to give up than normal cigarettes.

5. The brain is soft and gelatinous - its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta. More details

6. People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome can be helped by talking about it, say researchers. More details

7. China executes more prisoners than the rest of the world put together. More details

8. One in eight children in primary schools in England have English as a second language. More details

9. Europe has a Buddhist state - the Russian republic of Kalmykia.

10. The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom. More details

[2. Times, 27 September; 4. Guardian, 26 September; 9. Daily Telegraph, 29 September]. Thanks to Lester Mak and Jonathan Richardson for submissions and Rebecca Andrews for the picture.

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