Saturday, 20 September 2014

Writing - 10 things we didn't know last week

This week we have whales, genes and Balls for your edification!

1. The most effective office regime is to work for 52 consecutive minutes and then have a 17-minute break.

We used to get 1 15 minute, 1 10 minute and 1 30 minute break in 8 hours!!
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2. The modern European gene pool was formed when blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale-skinned farmers and a mysterious population with Siberian affinities.

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3. A rapid human can outrun London Underground's Circle Line between Mansion House and Cannon Street.

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4. A whale calf's clicks can paralyse a human hand for several hours.

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5. Mis-readings of the autocue result in fines for Chinese newsreaders if the mistakes build up over a three-month period.

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6. Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper took their family on a Sound of Music tour in Salzberg.

The hills may be alive but their policies aren't!
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7. Fifty years ago, "to host" was considered ugly journalese but it is actually a centuries-old verb.

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8. Lithuania has a big problem with potholes.

I thought ours were bad!
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9. When Richard III was killed he suffered at least 11 injuries, although some of them might have been inflicted after death.


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10. Deer mothers respond to human baby cries.


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God Bless