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10 things we didn't know last week

17:11 UK time, Friday, 15 June 2007

Snippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Lewis Hamilton is named after US sprinter Carl Lewis.

2. Bolivian President Evo Morales sacrifices llamas for good luck.

3. Drinking aftershave (among other things) has been blamed for half of all deaths of Russian men of working age.
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4. Pickpockets watch for those who react to signs warning of their presence, as many people will pat their wallet on reading the notice.
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5. Eighteen percent of all new homes are built on residential land, up from 11% a decade ago.
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6. As recently as the early 1980s, mortgages were rationed.
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7. Only two judges have been fired since 1701's Act of Settlement gave the Lord Chancellor alone that power. The first was in in 1830, for stealing court funds; the second was in 1983, for smuggling whiskey and cigarettes into Britain on a private yacht.

8. Prince Philip came to be venerated as an island god because villagers in Vanuatu have for centuries believed that a pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit had ventured across the seas to look for a powerful woman to marry. The Duke of Edinburgh has been the focus of this legend since the 1960s.
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9. Jail and prison are not the same thing in the United States - it depends on the size and governing body of the facility. Paris Hilton, for instance, is in jail, not prison.
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10. Blood can turn a dark greenish-black - like a Vulcan's - if taking a certain type of migraine medication.
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(Sources, where not linked: 1. Times, 11 June; 7. Times, 13 June.)

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