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10 things we didn't know last week

17:51 UK time, Friday, 31 August 2007


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

1. The Islamic revolution in Iran was equivocal about the role of music, and to this day, music can be heard on state television but instruments are not shown.
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2. The French word for their new Arab middle class is beurgeoisie, deriving from the French "beur" meaning child of Arab immigrants.
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3. Prison officers are on average assaulted eight times a day.
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4. The average failed marriage will have lasted 11.5 years.
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5. A woman will own an average of 111 handbags in her lifetime.
Daily Mail, Friday 31 August

6. It's an imprisonable offence to keep money you notice has been wrongfully deposited in your bank account.
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7. Orchids are as old as the dinosaurs.
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8. The chances of a woman having two sets of triplets naturally are one in 64 million.
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9. Sniffer dogs are used in the fight against pirate DVDs. They cannot smell the difference between fake and genuine though.
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10. Police speed guns can be jammed by devices used to control electronic gates and garage doors.
Daily Express, Friday 31 August

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