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10 things we didn't know last week

17:59 UK time, Friday, 6 October 2006

1. Some Amish people have phones in trees near their houses to get round the ban on them at home.

2. More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors. More details

3. Pollen can cause havoc on the railways, by blocking train radiators. More details

4. Duck a l'orange is not from France, but Renaissance Italy.

5. Peter Kay and Ronnie Barker used to write to each other in character - Barker as Fletch from Porridge and Kay as Brian Potter from Phoenix Nights.

6. Dung beetles prefer horse and dog faeces to those of camels and foxes.

7. Parents spend four times as much time with their children now as in the 1970s.

8. Computer games are a powerful learning tool according to government-funded research.

9. Bullets can’t penetrate more than two metres of water.

10. Tony Blair’s favourite meal to cook is spaghetti bolognaise. More details

[1 – the Times, 3 October; 4 – Today, BBC Radio 4, 5 October; 5 - Daily Mirror, 2 October; 6 – the Times, 6 October; 7 – the Times, 4 October; 8 – Daily Telegraph, 5 October; 9 – Metro, 2 October. ] Thanks to John Garner, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England, for submissions. Thanks to Iain Harley for sending the picture of 10 sheikhs.

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