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.


2. Kangaroos use their tails as a third leg.


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



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


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


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


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

Rather like Newcastle Utd supporters!

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


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


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


God Bless