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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.

Here’s 10 that we liked go here to
see the whole 100

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.

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

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

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

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

 

When faced with danger, the octopus can wrap six of
its legs around its head to disguise itself as a fallen coconut shell and escape by
walking backwards on the other two legs, scientists discovered.
 
Rubber gloves could save you from lightning.

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Jimi Hendrix pretended to be gay to be discharged from the US Army.

 
One in six children think that broccoli is a baby
tree.

 
For the full list go to the bbc

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