10 things we didn't know last week

  • 11 April 2014

1. Your taste buds go numb when you fly.

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2. Swedes will pay a lot for the first strawberries of the season.

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3. Flies can completely change direction by rolling their bodies and giving a slight flick of their wings - all within five milliseconds.

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4. Hawaii consumes more spam than any other state in the US.

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5. Professional musicians struggle to tell the difference between Stradivarius violins and modern instruments in blind testing.

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6. Bank of England workers in the 1980s had to do dexterity tests using tweezers and washers.

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7. Lawrence of Arabia was offered a job as a nightwatchman at the bank. He turned it down.

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8. Yellow sac spiders are strongly attracted to Mazda cars.

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9. Only a steel shortage stopped the Soviet Union creating the world's tallest structure in 1922.

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10. People called Eleanor are disproportionately likely to get into Oxford University.

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