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10 things we didn't know last week

15:30 UK time, Friday, 2 February 2007

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


1. The Dutch have overtaken the Americans as the tallest people on Earth.

2. The candiru, or toothpick fish, can swim into a tiny body orifice such as the penis, erect a spine and feed on blood and tissue. More details

3. Seahorses do not mate for life but are promiscuous and bisexual - the most indiscriminate being the Australian bigbellied seahorse.

4. Newcastle is the noisiest place in England. More details

5. In China, James Bond is known as Lingling Qi - 007.

6. There are twice as many privately-owned tigers in the US as there are in the wild in the rest of the world.

7. The people who built Stonehenge lived at an ancient village in Durrington Walls. More details

8. Lavender and tea tree oil products can cause young boys to develop breasts. More details

9. Palm oil is present in one in 10 supermarket products.

10. Brazil nuts are seeds encased in an outer shell that weighs more than 1kg. More details

Sources where stories not linked: 1. Times, Thursday. 3. Times, Wednesday 5. Times, Monday 6. Guardian, Friday 9. Guardian, Friday

Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Rosalind Sargent for this week's picture of 10 seagulls.

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