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10 things we didn't know last week

17:07 UK time, Friday, 21 September 2007

10shredder.jpgSnippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Being born without an ear is called microtia.
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2. Zsa Zsa Gabor is related to Paris Hilton.
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3. In Iceland, 96% of women go to university.
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4. Gordon Brown has broken prime ministerial convention by getting a mobile phone, but it does not take incoming calls.

5. It costs 100 euros to hire one of the prostitutes' windows in Amsterdam for part of the day.
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6. About 16,000 hyphens have been dropped from the latest edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
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7. The Belgian army had to be called in recently to deal with an infestation of moths.
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8. Dinosaurs had creches.
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9. 'Conservative haircut' is economists' jargon for a form of loan collateral.
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10. Meteorites do not let off dangerous fumes - but on landing can expose rotting organic matter, filling the air with methane, hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide.
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(Sources, where item not linked: 4. Sunday Times, 16 September.)

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