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10 things we didn't know last week

15:58 UK time, Friday, 11 December 2009

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

1. Kit Kats used to be called Chocolate Crisps.
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2. taH pagh taHbe is "To be or not to be" in Klingon.
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3. And hok-oo means "watch out, other monkeys about!" in monkey language.
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4. It's not Tiger, but Eldrick Woods.
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5. Procter and Gamble set up a media company in 1933 to promote its detergents in the first "soap operas" - the last in its stable, As The World Turns, has just been cancelled.
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6. Eco-light bulbs are designed to be brightest at 25C, and can get dimmer when cooler or hotter than that.
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7. eBay's first ever item sold was a broken laser pointer for for $14.83.
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8. Douglas Fairbanks and Cary Grant were among the first to repopularise pink as a colour for men.
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9. Tipsy people who drink coffee to "sober up" are more likely to underestimate how drunk they really are.
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10. The German Cold War bunker up for auction is so well protected, it can withstand a jumbo crashing into the mountain it is hidden inside.
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Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Sarah O'Donoghue for this picture of the zero point for 10 North Eastern railway lines, taken at York station; and to Basil Long for thing 5.

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