Thursday 3 January 2008

100 things we did not know last year

Every year the BBC puts together it's list of 100 things we didn't know last year.

Here's my favourites:

3. Adding milk to tea negates the health-giving effects of a hot brew.

5. Cloudy apple juice is healthier than clear, containing almost double the antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer.

6. Dishcloths are purged of 99% of their bacteria during two minutes in a microwave.

14. Antony and Cleopatra were ugly.

20. More than half (52%) of smokers haven't told their parents about their habit.

21. Only about half of China's population can speak the national language, Mandarin.

29. The average duvet (dooner) is home to 20,000 live dust mites.

30. Serving anything more than tea and biscuits at a political meeting [in the UK] is an offence called "treating" and punishable by a year in prison or an unlimited fine, under the the Representation of the People Act 1893.

42. Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) of adults are still in touch with at least one childhood friend.

45. Domestic cats can trace their descent to the Middle East.

54. The Western Australiann town of Eucla has its own time zone.

57. Sleeping on the job is tolerated in Japanese work culture, as long as you remain upright and obey certain other rules. It's called inemuri.

60. The Queen took her corgi on honeymoon.

63. Cats can be police constables.

73. UN population projections go as far as 2300.

75. CO2 emissions from shipping are twice the level of aviation.

80. Adults use maths skills 14 times daily on average and literacy skills 23 times a day.

87. Relocating crocodiles doesn't work - they come back.

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