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10 things we didn't know last week

17:30 UK time, Friday, 5 September 2008

10_birds_unknown203.jpgSnippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. E-mail addresses beginning with with "A", "M" or "S" get more spam than those starting with "Q" or "Z".
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2. Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie lived off the proceeds of cocaine while in exile in South America.
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3. Ping-pong was originally called ping-pong, not whiff-whaff, as London's mayor, Boris Johnson, publicly claimed at the Beijing Olympics.
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4. Urban gulls produce three times as many eggs as their coastal counterparts.
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5. One of the scientists involved in developing the £5bn Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Switzerland, was the keyboardist with the chart-topping group D-Ream.
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6. Water is naturally present in aviation fuel.
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7. Former World's Strongest Man, Geoff Capes, is an avid budgerigar keeper - owning more than 300 of the birds.
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8. The man who designed the iconic Rolling Stones lips logo, was paid just £50 for the job... although he received a £200 bonus.
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9. Indie music fans are not, in general, gentle sorts but heavy metal fans are.
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10. You can dive from 35ft into 12in of water - and only suffer bruising (with a lot of training).
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Oliver O'Brien for this week's picture of 10 unidentified birds.

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