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10 things we didn't know last week

17:20 UK time, Friday, 9 October 2009

roses_226.jpgSnippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Male life expectancy in the UK goes up by about three months every year.
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2. Fidel Castro stopped smoking cigars in 1985.
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3. In the early days of barcodes there was a plan for round ones.
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4. In the UK, 26 million addresses get post.
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5. Japan has a theme park where children pretend to be fast food workers.
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6. Only two serving US presidents won the Nobel peace prize before Barack Obama - Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and Woodrow Wilson in 1919.
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7. The flash on David Bowie's Aladdin Sane album cover was inspired by the logo from a rice cooker.
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8. Wild animals in zoos in Gaza have to be smuggled in tunnels under the border.
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9. There was a royal blood disorder.
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10. Low-quality females prefer low-quality males. In the world of zebra finches at least.
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week.Thanks to Margaret Emerson for this picture of 10 roses bought in aid of Breast Cancer Research.

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