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10 things we didn't know last week

15:43 UK time, Friday, 3 November 2006

1. John Prescott's now defunct Office of the Deputy Prime Minister spent £5,095 over the past four years on branded pens, carrier bags and note pads for exhibitions and events. More details

2. Spending on Halloween has risen ten-fold - from £12m to £120m in the UK, in five years. More details

3. Elephants can recognise their own reflection, something only before seen in humans, great apes and bottlenose dolphins. More details

4. Ten-pence is the going rate for clearing up a piece of chewing gum. More details

5. Coco Chanel started the trend for sun tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnt on a cruise. More details

6. Twenty percent of the world's CCTV cameras are in the UK. More details

7. Up to 25% of hospital keyboards carry the MRSA infection. More details

8. Eighty-seven public servants earn more than Tony Blair's £183,932 salary.More details

9. The UK population grew at a rate of 500 per day last year as immigration out-stripped emigration. More details

10. During World War II, MI5 invited Daily Telegraph crossword winners to work as code-breakers at Bletchley Park. More details

[8. The Times, 1 November, 10. Daily Telegraph, 1 November.] Thanks to Paul Maplesden for sending the picture of 10 jellyfish at a San Francisco aquarium.

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