10 things we didn't know last week

Polar bear

1. There's a polar bear jail in Churchill, Manitoba - an old aircraft hangar containing 28 cells for bears who wander into town.

Find out more (The Times)

2. The Volkswagen Beetle was originally called the Strength Through Joy Car (KdF-Wagen).

Find out more (London Review of Books)

3. China has 10,000 mooncake makers.

Find out more (Wall Street Journal)

4. Stephen Hawking owns the last three machines in the world that give him his distinctive voice as the company that made them has gone into liquidation.

Find out more (The Independent)

5. A 1928 Yiddish-English-Hebrew dictionary may be the first official record of "meh".

Find out more (Smithsonian Magazine)

6. George Bush Sr once played keepy-uppy on David Frost's lawn.

Find out more (Daily Telegraph)

7. Children who read for pleasure are better at maths.

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8. Prince William relaxes to buffalo and cricket noises played on his iPhone.

Find out more (Daily Mail)

9. Glaswegians are starting to sound like Cockneys because of EastEnders.

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10. After the collapse of a Roman bridge in the 4th Century there was no crossing of the Danube between Romania and Bulgaria for 1,600 years.

Find out more (Financial Times)

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