10 things we didn't know last week

  • 14 March 2014

1. Elephants can differentiate between men and women, and between different ethnicities, when they hear a voice.

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2. The line often attributed to John Lennon - "Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world. He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles" - was actually uttered by British comedian Jasper Carrott in 1983.

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3. Lone peacocks fake the noise of sexual congress to attract peahens.

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4. Bradley Wiggins is a fan of the Archers.

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5. There were pygmy tyrannosaurs.

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6. The rise of Genghis Khan's empire coincided with the mildest, wettest weather in more than 1,000 years, which may have kept his horses well fed.

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7. The "five-second rule" does work - time is a significant factor in the transfer of germs from floor to food.

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8. If a kitten doesn't encounter a human in a friendly context between the ages of three to eight weeks, it is more liable to go feral.

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9. Humans make almost identical judgements of other people merely by hearing (not seeing) them say "hello".

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10. Animals avoid power lines because they see frightening ultraviolet flashes that are invisible to humans.

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