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Ten Things We Did Not Know This Time Last Year

  1. Mohammed is now one of the 20 most popular names for boys born in England and Wales.
  2. An average record shop needs to sell at least two copies of a CD per year to make it worth stocking.
  3. WD-40 dissolves cocaine - it has been used by a pub landlord to prevent drug-taking in his pub's toilets.
  4. 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.
  5. One in 10 Europeans is conceived in an Ikea bed.
  6. The London borough of Westminster has an average of 20 pieces of chewing gum for every square metre of pavement.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The Queen has never been on a computer, she told Bill Gates as she awarded him an honorary knighthood.

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