Sunday, November 30, 2008


10 things we didn't know last week

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

1. The 999 emergency number was chosen over 111 because telegraph wires rubbing together in the wind transmitted the equivalent of a 111 call.
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2. In space, an item as small as a toolbag can be seen from Earth.
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3. There are only eight mycologists in the UK.
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4. US intelligence kept a file on Tony Blair's personal life.
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5. Premium chocolate tasters don't swallow the goods.
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6. Police use curry to combat alleged drugs possession.
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7. A dog's mucus enhances its sense of smell.
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8. The speechwriting "tricolon technique" has been used by Julius Caesar and Barack Obama.
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9. A French cologne has a scent inspired by the smell of human sperm.

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10. Gordon Brown writes to X Factor contestants.
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