10 things we didn't know last week
- 27 June 2014
1. The first bar code on a commercial product was on a packet of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum.
2. Leaving envelopes full of cash in public places is forbidden by French law, punishable with a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine of 30,000 euros.
3. Vampire bats have lost much of their ability to taste bitter flavours.
4. Early risers are more unethical at night and night owls more immoral in the morning.
5. Barack Obama has played golf 177 times since becoming president.
6. In Uruguay, football players who don't strive hard enough to win a game are called "pecho frío", which means "cold heart".
7. You can peel 1kg of new potatoes in 50 seconds by putting the potatoes in a bucket, and using a hose and a drill.
8. There have been 418 major drone crashes since 2001.
9. Before this World Cup, England had never fielded a left-footed goalkeeper - that changed with Ben Foster's selection against Costa Rica.
10. What helps us associate hangovers with the desire not to drink so much again is the brain's lateral habenula.
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