10 things we didn't know last week

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1. You can make cheese from the bacteria of human tears, belly buttons and noses.

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2. The average time taken to drink half a pint of beer in pubs on a November Saturday night in Brighton in 1938 was 7.3 minutes.

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3. The market value of a diplodocus skeleton in the UK is between £400,000 and £600,000.

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4. Promiscuous female mice rear sons who are more attractive to females.

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5. It's impossible to tickle yourself by pretending someone else is doing the tickling.

Find out more (New Scientist)

6. The Pope says he goes to confession at least fortnightly as he's a sinner.

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7. Film actor John Wayne coined the phrase "the Big C" to avoid naming cancer.

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8. Shaking hands with your middle finger folded in is considered lewd in Dubai.

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9. Humans seem to be born with an innate distrust of plants.

Find out more (The Economist)

10. New York City mechanical street sweepers cover 6,000 miles a day at eight miles per hour.

Find out more (The Atlantic)

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