Saturday, 28 June 2014

Writing - 10 things we didn't know last week

News snippets sliced and diced for your enjoyment.


1. The first bar code on a commercial product was on a packet of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum.

No prizes for this useless piece of information.


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2. Leaving envelopes full of cash in public places is forbidden by French law, punishable with a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine of 30,000 euros.

Please leave some for me!
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3. Vampire bats have lost much of their ability to taste bitter flavours.

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4. Early risers are more unethical at night and night owls more immoral in the morning.

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5. Barack Obama has played golf 177 times since becoming president.

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6. In Uruguay, football players who don't strive hard enough to win a game are called "pecho frío", which means "cold heart".

Does that include biting?

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7. You can peel 1kg of new potatoes in 50 seconds by putting the potatoes in a bucket, and using a hose and a drill.

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8. There have been 418 major drone crashes since 2001.

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9. Before this World Cup, England had never fielded a left-footed goalkeeper - that changed with Ben Foster's selection against Costa Rica.


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10. What helps us associate hangovers with the desire not to drink so much again is the brain's lateral habenula.

Just time!!!


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God Bless