10 things we didn't know last week

  • 18 July 2014

1. Age renders you less certain of whether a badger or a baboon would win in a fight.

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2. Babies practise their first word in their heads for months before saying it out loud.

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3. Until this week, the last bearded Conservative Cabinet minister was the 4th Earl of Onslow, president of the board of agriculture until March 1905.

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4. Baby turtles co-ordinate their hatching by talking to one another through their egg shells.

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5. Just 34 people are claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the Staffordshire town of Uttoxeter - population 12,000.

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6. Bubble wrap can be used for blood and bacteria tests - the bubbles are injected with a syringe and can be sealed with clear nail hardener.

Find out more (New Scientist)

7. In Seoul, it's common to use your lunch break for a snooze.

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8. Two millennia ago in Sudan people used to munch on the purple nutsedge weed - and it might be why so few of them appear to have dental cavities.

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9. People don't just walk more slowly when they're on smartphones, their field of vision is reduced to 5% of what it should be.

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10. When given a date far in the future, William Hague can tell you off the top of his head which day of the week it will be.

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