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100 things we didn't know this time last year

Each week the Magazine picks out snippets from the news, and compiles them into 10 Things We Didn't Know This Time Last Week. Here's an end of year almanac.

Following are sample 10 items from the list. Check out the complete list at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4566526.stm


1. The UK's first mobile phone call was made 20 years ago this year, when Ernie Wise rang the Vodafone head office, which was then above a curry shop in Newbury.

2. Mohammed is now one of the 20 most popular names for boys born in England and Wales.

3. While it's an offence to drop litter on the pavement, it's not an offence to throw it over someone's garden wall.

4. An average record shop needs to sell at least two copies of a CD per year to make it worth stocking, according to Wired magazine.

5. Nicole Kidman is scared of butterflies. "I jump out of planes, I could be covered in cockroaches, I do all sorts of things, but I just don't like the feel of butterflies' bodies," she says.

6. WD-40 dissolves cocaine - it has been used by a pub landlord to prevent drug-taking in his pub's toilets.

7. Baboons can tell the difference between English and French. Zoo keepers at Port Lympne wild animal park in Kent are having to learn French to communicate with the baboons which had been transferred from Paris zoo.

8. Devout Orthodox Jews are three times as likely to jaywalk as other people, according to an Israeli survey reported in the New Scientist. The researchers say it's possibly because religious people have less fear of death.

9. The energy used to build an average Victorian terrace house would be enough to send a car round the Earth five times, says English Heritage.

10. Humans can be born suffering from a rare condition known as "sirenomelia" or "mermaid syndrome", in which the legs are fused together to resemble the tail of a fish.

11. One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed.

12. Until the 1940s rhubarb was considered a vegetable. It became a fruit when US customs officials, baffled by the foreign food, decided it should be classified according to the way it was eaten.

13. Prince Charles broke with an 80-year tradition by giving Camilla Parker Bowles a wedding ring fashioned from Cornish gold, instead of the nugget of Welsh gold that has provided rings for all royal brides and grooms since 1923.

14. It's possible for a human to blow up balloons via the ear. A 55-year-old factory worker from China reportedly discovered 20 years ago that air leaked from his ears, and he can now inflate balloons and blow out candles.

15. Lionesses like their males to be deep brunettes.

16. The London borough of Westminster has an average of 20 pieces of chewing gum for every square metre of pavement.

17. Bosses at Madame Tussauds spent £10,000 separating the models of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston when they separated. It was the first time the museum had two people's waxworks joined together.

18. If all the Smarties eaten in one year were laid end to end it would equal almost 63,380 miles, more than two-and-a-half times around the Earth's equator.

19. The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to" in his equations. He chose the two lines because "noe 2 thynges can be moare equalle".

20. The Queen has never been on a computer, she told Bill Gates as she awarded him an honorary knighthood





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Never heard of "rhubarb". Seriously. I bet 3/4 of the meber never heard of it.[:D]
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you've never heard of rhubarb?

see that's not right. my grandmother made the best rhubarb strawberry pie in the world.

fruit though? i don't think so........

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Rhubarb is in the celery family, which is a vegetable.

"Ya think the cold will hurt the rhubarb crop?"
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Never heard of "rhubarb". Seriously. I bet 3/4 of the meber never heard of it.[:D]
You need to get out from under that rock you are living under every once in awhile.
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I realize those of you who response are from the east or south east region. I'm seriouslt never heard of it. I shop at the market and still never heard of it. Maybe when one of of you visit CA bring me some pis and I will be delight.[:D]
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I shop at the market and still never heard of it.

I doubt they are sold at 7-Eleven [:o)]




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RE: 100 things we didn't know this time last year

i had a babysitter whenever i was younger. she had this collection of these creepy dolls, they were all grouped together, across from thee couch i had to sleep on.

i dont remember anything about the dolls, they were ethnic in some way, but they were *creepy* to say the least.

she made me eat rhubarb.



and watch dirty dancing.



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I was always told the leaves were poisonous (calling Botnst). Delicious stalks, deadly leaves, kind of like the Blowfish of the prairie.

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