Saturday, 5 July 2014

Writing - 10 things we didn't know last week


There is some seriously weird stuff this week.


1. Detainees at Guantanamo are allowed to watch the World Cup but don't see it live - it is made available a day later to ensure nothing subversive can be conveyed.


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2. Kangaroos use their tails as a third leg.


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3. When making a decision, former England and Derbyshire fast bowler Devon Malcolm asks himself: "What would Margaret Beckett do?"



Really?


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4. Marinading meat in beer before a barbecue cuts the number of harmful particles that form on the meat.


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5. Paul Weller's guilty pleasure is to watch a rom-com with a plate of After Eights.


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6. The gene that helps Tibetans live at altitude comes from an extinct human species, the Denisovans.


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7. Wild chimps communicate 19 specific messages to one another with a "lexicon" of 66 gestures.

Rather like Newcastle Utd supporters!
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8. Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, spends up to 40 minutes a day squatting and repeating an Eastern Orthodox prayer.


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9. Hail nets - common in wine-growing areas - are banned in Burgundy.


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10. Men would rather give themselves electric shocks than be left alone with their thoughts.


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God Bless