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100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year


There are so many wonders in the world of this and that. Artists help us keep track of them. Children tutor adults in the art of surveying life with fresh eyes. Scientists help too. Each week, the BBC News Magazine Monitor chronicles what it calls interesting and sometimes downright unexpected facts in the news through the feature "10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week." They recently published 100 Things from the year 20006.

Here are a few to check out according to your fancy.

• Urban birds have developed a short, fast "rap style' of singing different from their rural counterparts.

• The Pope's been known to wear red Prada shoes.

• Online shoppers will only wait an average of four seconds for an internet page to load before giving up.

• More than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet, says a study.

• The world's fastest supercomputer will have its speed measured in "petaflops," which represent 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

• When filming summer scenes in winter, actors suck on ice cubes just before the camera rolls; it cools their mouths so their breath doesn't condense in the cold air.

• A domestic cat can frighten a black bear to climb a tree.

• The best-value consumer purchase in terms of price and usage is an electric kettle.

• If left alone, 70 percent of birthmarks gradually fade away.

Read this at BBC News Magazine Monitor


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