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10 things we didn't know last week

15:30 UK time, Friday, 3 February 2012

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

1. Newt Gingrich's name at birth was Newton Leroy McPherson.
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2. Lard lasts 64 years.
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3. Castaways on Desert Island Discs have taken 183 pianos, five trombones, the Albert Memorial and a cheeseburger machine.
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4. Twitter is more addictive than cigarettes.
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5. Tree trunks can be played like vinyl records.
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6. Tripe is one of Nelson Mandela's favourite foods.
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7. Gorillas reassure each other by grinning.
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8. The earth is getting lighter.
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9. More babies were born in the UK during 1920 than in any other year.
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10. Fans of snowdrops are known as galanthophiles.
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