Saturday, January 05, 2008

Things We Didn't Know in 2006

1. Coach travel is the safest form of road transport in the country. More details
2. Saddam Hussein's codename while in US custody in 2004/5 was "Victor". More details
3. Adding milk to tea negates the health-giving effects of a hot brew. More details
4. The word "jaywalking" came from the US slang "jay", a term popular in the early 20th Century meaning a rustic newcomer unfamiliar with city ways. More details
5. Cloudy apple juice is healthier than clear, containing almost double the antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer. More details

6. Dishcloths are purged of 99% of their bacteria during two minutes in a microwave. More
7. A haddock's mating call starts as a slow knocking sound, before turning into a quicker hum similar to a small motorcycle revving its engine. More details
9. The people who built Stonehenge lived at an ancient village in Durrington Walls. More
11. Astronauts wear nappies during launch and re-entry because they can't stop what they're doing should they need to urinate. More details
12. Georgic is a punishment dished out to Eton pupils which involves the copying out of hundreds of lines of Latin. More details
14. Antony and Cleopatra were ugly. More details
15. 10% of university work from across the UK is plagiarised. More details
16. Chimpanzees make their own spears for hunting. More details
17. Two cups of spearmint tea a day is thought to control excessive hair growth for women. More
18. Burglar alarms, traffic wardens and crowded buses are good news for home owners, signalling an area is on the up. More details
20. More than half (52%) of smokers haven't told their parents about their habit. More detail
21. Only about half of China's population can speak the national language, Mandarin.More 23. To be found attractive, women should sway their hips and men their shoulders (although researchers call this a "shoulder swagger"). More details
25. Martina Navratilova has spent four years secretly working as an artist. More details
26. Harvesting rhubarb in candlelight helps preserve its flavour. More details
31. There is mobile phone reception from the summit of Mount Everest. More details
32. Anti-Americanism began in Paris in the 18th Century. More details
33. Female employees in India are questioned about their menstrual cycle as part of their appraisal. More details
34. Kryptonite exists. More details
36. A water-tight denial by a politician – as opposed to one that leaves room for later manoeuvre - is known as a Sherman pledge. The other sort is called a non-denial denial. More
37. Spiralling obesity rates are forcing councils to upgrade their crematoria, to take wider coffins. More details
38. Gerry Adams doesn't own a credit card, so gets a friend to download songs from the internet. More details
39. The secret to happiness is accepting misery. More details
40. A new three-bedroom house must have at least 38 plug sockets.More
42. Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) of adults are still in touch with at least one childhood friend.More details
44. Europe has a vodka belt comprising Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, although the drink is also made in countries such as Britain, France, Italy and Spain. More details
45. Domestic cats can trace their descent to the Middle East. More details
46. Peanuts can be made into diamonds. More details
48. You can be arrested for using someone's wi-fi network without permission. More details
49. CDs were nearly called mini-racks. More details
50. Left-handed people are called sinistral. More details
52. There are 17 surviving versions of the Magna Carta - or 17 Magnae Cartae. More details
53. Renowned atheist Professor Richard Dawkins likes singing Christmas carols. More
57. Sleeping on the job is tolerated in Japanese work culture, as long as you remain upright and obey certain other rules. It's called inemuri.More details
58. The Romans had roadmaps. More details
60. The Queen took her corgi on honeymoon. More details
62. Until the late 1990s, the RAF's nuclear bombs could be activated using a bicycle lock key.More details
63. Cats can be police constables. More details
64. King Tut had buck teeth. More details
67. The brain can turn down its ability to see in order to listen to complex sounds like music.More details
68. Of the waste in UK landfills, 0.1% is plastic carrier bags.More details
70. IP addresses will run out in 2010. More details
71. An ai is a three-toed sloth from South America (and the word that clinched Paul Allan the title of national Scrabble champion). More details
73. UN population projections go as far as 2300.More details
75. CO2 emissions from shipping are twice the level of aviation.More details
76. George Clooney and Pierce Brosnan have had Bell's Palsy - a nerve condition that can result in paralysis on one side of the face.More details
77. Leeches are used as treatment for cauliflower ears. More details
78. Abdelloid rotifer is a pond-dwelling organism that has survived 80 million years without sex. More details
79. Woodwork lessons are known as "resistant materials" in schools. More details
80. Adults use maths skills 14 times daily on average and literacy skills 23 times a day.More
81. The opening bars to the theme tune of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em spelt the title of the series in Morse code. More details
82. The children who sang on Pink Floyd's number one hit Another Brick in the Wall (Pt 2) couldn't appear in the video because they didn't hold Equity cards. More details
85. A 23.8lb baby
was born in the US in 1879, but it only survived 11 hours. More details
86. There is a monastery in every village in Burma. More details
87. Relocating crocodiles doesn't work - they come back. More details
88. Deep-voiced men have more children. More details
89. Being born without an ear is called microtia. More details
90. Chickens can be diagnosed with depression. More details
92. Zsa Zsa Gabor is related to Paris Hilton. More details
94. Osama Bin Laden is known to fellow jihadists as Abu Abdullah. More details
96. Bees can detect explosives. More details
98. Prison officers are on average assaulted eight times a day. More details
99. Each slug eats twice its body weight a day. More details
100. Dogs can have two noses. More details



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