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10 things we didn't know last week

10:25 UK time, Friday, 8 June 2012

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

1. Finches' personalities are denoted by their head colour.
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2. Cockroaches escape danger by diving off a ledge and performing a
pendulum-like flip.
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3. Sixteen per cent of items sold at Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's are priced at either £1 or £2.
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4. The Great Wall of China is longer than previously thought.
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5. The weather is discussed 282 times a second in the UK.
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6. Nick Clegg wrote 120 pages of a novel, which took its inspiration from Gabriel García Márquez.
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7. Rihanna has sold more UK singles than the Rolling Stones.
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8. Only two countries retain the definite article in English - The Bahamas and The Gambia.
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9. In Brazil, Ronaldinho is pronounced khon-ow-JEEN-yoo.
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10. You can make a piano out of bananas.
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