10 things we didn't know last week

  • 31 July 2015

1. Dozens of Beatles songs were never recorded because John Lennon and Paul McCartney forgot them.

Find out more (The Guardian)

2. Butt-dials aren't considered private conversations in the US.

Find out more (Slate)

3. Romantic kissing is practised in fewer than half of the world's cultures.

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Weekend Edition: The week's best reads

  • 31 July 2015
Flowers laid on Marhaba beach

A collection of some of the best features from the BBC News website this week, with an injection of your comments.

"Incredibly sad to read," posted Rachel Payne. Ellie Makin, a tennis coach from North Yorkshire described it as "just like any other morning" on the beach at the Tunisian resort of Sousse last month. She was one of many holidaymakers spoken to by BBC Panorama's Jane Corbin about an attack by a gunman who shot dozens of tourists. Some 38 people died that day - this is the survivors' story.

The rower and the pussycat

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Go Figure: The week in numbers

  • 31 July 2015

Look back at the week in numbers with our Go Figure images, which are posted daily on social media.

Monday: Years of night-shifts can be gruelling - but what are the long-term costs?

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Caption Challenge: Family heroes

  • 30 July 2015
A family of cosplayers at MCM Manchester Comic Con

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How the word 'tunnel' went from France to England and back

  • 28 July 2015
Signs at Channel Tunnel

The Channel Tunnel has been the focus of riots and fires in recent weeks. It is noteworthy that the word "tunnel" itself moved from France to England and then back again.

The Oxford English Dictionary gives as its first definition of tunnel, from the 15th Century, "a net for catching partridges".

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10 things we didn't know last week

  • 24 July 2015

1. There are no tuition fees at Hogwarts.

Find out more (The Independent)

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Weekend Edition: The week's best reads

  • 24 July 2015
Geoduck salad at Concord, NH

A collection of some of the best features from the BBC News website this week, with an injection of your comments.

"Fascinating!" posted Mariam Di S. This unusually shaped clam is a delicacy in China. "Part of it is the phallic appearance - it's a sexual-looking beast and there's a draw to that," says Bill Dewey, whose firm Taylor Shellfish has been farming oysters since 1890 on the tidelands of Puget Sound in Washington State. The geoduck's name even sounds peculiar when pronounced correctly: "gooey-duck".

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Go Figure: The week in numbers

  • 24 July 2015

Look back at the week in numbers with our Go Figure images, which are posted daily on social media.

Monday: Their attacks are shocking, but sharks are far from the most dangerous creature

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Caption Challenge: Elephant and gymnast

  • 23 July 2015
Man and elephant

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What do radicals and radishes have in common?

  • 21 July 2015
Omar Bakri Muhammad, Richard Cobden, Abu Hamza, John Bright
How much do Omar Bakri Muhammad and Abu Hamza have in common with Richard Cobden and John Bright

There is a word that links Muslim militants, Victorian reformers and crispy salad vegetables, writes Trevor Timpson.

"Radicalisation taking place across the UK," says the Commons Home Affairs committee chairman, "is reaching unprecedented levels." The term "radical" for many has come to mean just "extremist". But its long history has honourable associations.

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