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10 things we didn't know last week

17:23 UK time, Friday, 19 October 2007

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

1. The brain responds to facial expressions at a speed of less than 40 milliseconds.
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2. Having sex daily can improve a man's sperm quality - increasing their partner's chance of getting pregnant.
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3. CO2 emissions from shipping are twice the level of aviation.
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4. George Clooney and Pierce Brosnan have had Bell's Palsy - a nerve condition that can result in paralysis on one side of the face.
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5. Middlesbrough's first professional football club, established in the late Victorian era, was called Middlesbrough Ironopolis.
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6. Four people died in France in the Great Storm of 1987.

7. Migrants earned on average £424 per week last year, compared with £395 for UK-born workers.

8. Discrimination against atheists is allowed in employment in Texas, according to the state's constitution.
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9. Leeches are used as treatment for cauliflower ears.
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10. Asterix was so-called so he would appear at the start of an encyclopaedia of comics.
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Sources: 6 - BBC News 24, 15 Oct; 7 - Independent 17 Oct.

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