10 things we didn't know last week

Terry Thomas in top hat and white gloves

1. When "guilty pleasure" first appeared in the New York Times, in 1860, it was used to describe a brothel.

Find out more (New Yorker)

2. TV drama Broadchurch was inspired by Thomas Hardy's Wessex.

Find out more (the Times)

3. The coldest spots on earth are on mountain ridges in Antarctica, set a little bit down the slope from the top.

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4. Until May 2013, "being an incorrigible rogue" was a criminal offence.

Find out more (Independent)

5. China uses drones to monitor herds of wild yaks in a remote mountain region.

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6. Birmingham City Council blocks the word "commie" from incoming email.

Find out more (Daily Mirror)

7. American alligators position sticks on their snouts to lure birds to land on them.

Find out more (New Scientist)

8. James Bond's average weekly alcohol consumption was 92 units.

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9. Proteins in the seeds of tropical plant Moringa oleifera can be used to purify water.

Find out more (Belfast Telegraph)

10. The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) thought he might have been able to prevent World War II if he had remained on the throne.

Find out more (Daily Mail)

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