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10 things we didn't know last week

17:30 UK time, Friday, 28 March 2008

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

1. Up to one quarter of the sand on shorelines can be composed of plastic particles.
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2. Snakes can give you salmonella poisoning.
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3. Barack Obama was known as "Barry O'Bomber" at school because of his basketball prowess.

4. Lions were kept in the Tower of London in the 14th century.
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5. In Brighton and Hove, there are 46 takeaway outlets and sweet shops for every secondary school.
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6. Sharks can be used to predict storms.
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7. Italy produces 33,000 tonnes of mozzarella each year.
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8. Somalia, ranked the third most unstable country in the world in a recent stability index, has eradicated polio.
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9. Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Angelina Jolie and the Duchess of Cornwall are all distantly related.
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10. Human beings can detect danger through smell.
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Sources: 3 - the Times, 23 March. Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Peter Harrison for this week's picture of 10 tables.

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