Monday, August 01, 2005

10 things we didn't know this time last week

  Snippets harvested from the week's news, chopped, sliced and diced for your weekend convenience.

1. Giant squid eat each other - especially during sex.

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold one copy every minute since its 1969 publication.
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3. Giant mice eating rare chicks on the South Atlantic's Gough Island are descended from the British house mouse, but since arriving on ships in the 19th Century, have doubled in size and become carnivorous.
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4. Birmingham was hit by a tornado in 1931, in the same area of the city damaged in the latest twister.
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5. First-born children are less creative but more stable, while last-born are more promiscuous, says US research.

6. Cats are genetically unable to taste sweet things. While dogs adore chocolate, cats remain indifferent.

7. Marilyn Manson's gift to his fianc?e - a taxidermy fan - is two stuffed swans posed as if about to copulate.

8. On average you would have to cycle non-stop for 96 years before being killed in a road accident.
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9. By law, rescued grey squirrels cannot be released into the wild.
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10. Racial prejudice is learnt; and everyone has an in-built inclination towards learning to fear people who appear different, says US research.

via BBC News via Look at this

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