Sunday, December 9, 2012

[bbc] 10 things we didn't know last week

I just discovered, BBC has a really cute feature of "10 things we didn't know," a weekly shortlist of random news facts with links to the articles.

A few of my reactions: #2 It is a very good thing our Christmas tree does not care about such golden ratios *hoity-toity nose in air* #6 Ah yes. See, we should all be more accepting of each other. #8 What the. What. o_O Okay. That's just.

10 things we didn't know last week

As concluded 15:15 UK time, Friday, 7 December 2012:

1. Prehistoric woolly rhinos were the same size as today's Javan rhino.
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2. The perfect number of baubles on a Christmas tree is 0.206 multiplied by the height of the tree in centimetres.
More details (The Sun)

3. Gaps from chalk excavation in the 17th Century can cause massive holes today.
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4. Bobby Womack is terrified of cats.
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5. Lobsters sometimes eat each other.
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6. The average person's DNA has 400 flaws.
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7. There are more second homes in Kensington and Chelsea than the Lake District.
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8. Catfish have learnt to hunt for pigeons.
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9. Graphene can be made into blocks by copying the cellular structure of cork.
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10. In the video for Fairytale of New York, the choir are singing the Mickey Mouse Club chant.
More details (The Guardian)