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Things we learned in 2016



The BBC publishes a daily list of interesting and unexpected facts from daily news stories called "10 things we didn't know last week". They did a selection of the top 100 (out of 3650 choices) to celebrate the year end.  Here are my top picks out of their 100.

1. You could probably outrun a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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2. YouTube was originally meant to be an online dating site.

Find out more (Gizmodo)

3. Fish can recognise human faces.

Find out more (Smithsonian)

4. The tattoo policy of the US Marine Corps is 32 pages long.

Find out more (Wall Street Journal)

5. Even in the early 1970s, women in the UK frequently had to get a male relative's signature to get a loan.

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6. Every winter, great white sharks swim for 30 to 40 days to congregate at a particular spot halfway between Mexico and Hawaii. No-one knows why.

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7. Australia is moving 7cm (2.75in) north every year

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8. Extroverted CEOs make their companies less money.

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9. Protesters at a Republican party convention are banned from carrying tennis balls but are allowed to carry guns.

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10. A pack of Smarties is more likely to be missing red than any other colour.

Find out more (Mental Floss)

11. Three British and three Dutch World War Two ships have vanished from the bottom of the Java Sea.

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If you want to read the full list of 100

Amazing what you can learn in a year.

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

 

Posted On : 01-01-17

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