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10 things we didn't know last week

13:40 UK time, Friday, 29 March 2013

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

1. "Rose-water novel" is the French term for Mills and Boon-style books.
More details (The Times)

2. Teenagers who stay up late tend to be more intelligent than their early-to-bed peers.
More details (Daily Telegraph)

3. Songs stuck in your head can be shifted by solving an anagram.
More details (Daily Mail)

4. South Africa was included in the BRICS as it made for a better acronym than Nigeria.
More details (Economist)

5. You can pay for a front row seat in the US Supreme Court.
More details (New York Times)

6. Open plan offices stem from the idea of "Burolandschaft", meaning office landscaping.
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7. Female Amazonian turtles are the only turtles to care for their young.
More details (New Scientist)

8. Almost half the French - 43% - drink mineral water with meals.
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9. The last Etonian to have a Number One hit in the UK was Humphrey Lyttleton.
More details (Daily Telegraph)

10. At a Swedish dinner party you should never fold your napkin and put it on the table before the hostess has done so.
More details (The Local)

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