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10 things we didn't know last week

15:41 UK time, Friday, 1 July 2011

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

1. Jeremy Paxman tried but failed to get into his college's University Challenge team.
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2. The male water boatman sings with its penis.
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3. The pope tweets.
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4. The US only got its first roundabout in 1990, it was in Nevada.
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5. Birds have their own version of Red Bull.
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6. The average length of time that ships are hijacked for by Somali pirates is five months
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7. Listening to the radio is what makes Britons happiest.
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8. Jodhpurs, wildebeest and roux are some of the hardest words for kids to spell.
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9. Dinosaurs would beat any other animal when it comes to head-butting.
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10. A tennis ball can lose 12.9 mph post-bounce on a clay court versus grass.
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