Monday, April 25, 2005

10 THINGS

10 things we didn't know this time last week.

1. Tony Blair doesn't like broccoli.
2. Cabinet ministers are offered the dual-fuel (petrol and electric) Toyota Prius as an option when choosing a ministerial car.
3. Before chemicals were introduced, the Vatican used to add wet straw when burning ballot papers during a Conclave to turn the smoke black.
4. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams bought the first two Apple computers ever sold in Europe; and Stephen Fry bought the third.
5. Cyclist Lance Armstrong's heart is almost a third larger than the average man's.
6. Unpopped popcorn kernels - ubiquitous at the bottom of any popcorn serving - are the result of leaky kernels which prevent the build up of moisture pressure, researchers at Purdue University found.
7. NASA's new boss, Michael Griffin, has seven university degrees a PhD, and five masters degrees.
8. Boys who take risks don't impress girls, according to the academic journal Evolution and Human Behavior [see Internet links on the right].
9. John Lennon and Yoko Ono slept on a bed supported by two church pews, according to their former cleaning lady's memoirs.
10 Downing Street is for sale... ok, that's 10 Downing Street in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Thanks to Candace, New Jersey, US and Alex Swanson, Milton Keynes.

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