10 things we didn't know last week

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1. Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond once played a ghost in a Bollywood soap opera.

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2. Traditionally, police horses in England's Thames Valley force can be called Odin, Thor or Hercules, but not Brian.

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3. People on dating sites who divide opinion between those who rate them as both very beautiful and very ugly do far better than those who everyone agrees is quite attractive.

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4. Australia's oldest man knits woollen sweaters for injured penguins.

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5. "Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms by making mushroom cultivation scientific, intensive and industrialised!" is an official slogan of North Korea.

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6. Each semen ejaculation by Yuvraj, a bull in Kurukshetra, northern India, is worth $3,000 (£1,948).

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7. YouTube star Grumpy Cat earned more than Gwyneth Paltrow in 2014.

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8. The popping sound popcorn makes as it is heated is due to rapidly escaping pressurised water vapour, not the kernels cracking open or ricocheting inside the pan.

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9. The oldest piece of statute law yet to be repealed in the UK, dating back to 1267, was passed in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

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10. Dogs can apparently tell the difference between happy and angry human faces.

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