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10 things we didn't know last week

15:05 UK time, Friday, 1 December 2006

Snippets harvested from the week's news, chopped, diced and sliced for easy consumption.

1. The late Alan "Fluff" Freeman, famous as a DJ, had trained as an opera singer. More details.

2. Jan Leeming married five times but took the surname of a former partner she did not wed.

3. £6.5bn is spent each year in the UK on shoes.

4. Baby Spice Emma Bunton has a karate brown belt - that's just one below a black belt.

5. Alpha radiation is absorbed by body tissue so the polonium 210 thought to have been ingested by Alexander Litvinenko would not show up with a Geiger counter outside his body.

6. A sea creature from 400 million years ago, discovered by archaeologists, had the most powerful bite of any fish in history. More details

7. For red wine drinkers, grapes grown in Sardinia and the French Pyrenees are associated with longevity. More details

8. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions. More details

9. Fridge magnets could be fatal for people with heart devices such as pacemakers, say medical researchers. More details

10. A healthy eating campaign by Icelandic children's TV star Sportacus - whose TV show lazy Town is broadcast worldwide - was responsible for a 22% increase in the sale of vegetables in his home country.

[Sources, where not linked - 2. The Times, 23 Nov; 3. Daily Mail, 29 Nov; 4. Daily Express, 30 Nov; 5. Daily Telegraph, 25 Nov; 10. Guardian, 24 Nov]

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