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10 things we didn't know last week

18:14 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2007

pigeons203.jpgSnippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. The premium rate phone services market in the UK is the biggest in the world, worth £1.2bn a year - that's £20 each for every man, woman and child.

2. Terry Wogan gets paid for presenting Children in Need - the only presenter to do so.
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3. More than half (52%) of smokers haven't told their parents about their habit.
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4. Producing palm oil - hailed as a future biofuel – can produce carbon emissions 10 times that of petroleum.

5. Prince Charles is a fan of veteran reggae artist Sugar Minott - requesting one of his songs be played while visiting a record shop in London.

6. Coffee doesn't make you more alert in the morning, according to a study by Bristol University.
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7. Superheroes are susceptible to snipers, with Captain America being killed by a bullet.
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8. Only about half of China's population can speak the national language, Mandarin.
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9. There are 946 billionaires in the world .
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10. The moon glows a coppery red when totally eclipsed by the shadow of the earth - its hue determined by how much dust is in the earth's upper atmosphere.
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Sources: 1 – BBC 10'O'Clock News, 8 March; 3 - Dispatches, Channel 4, 5 March; 5 – the Times, 6 March.

Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Sue Kenney for the picture of 10 Welsh pigeons (you'll have to look closely) in Oystermouth Square, Mumbles, Swansea.

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