10 things we didn't know last week

Portrait of Richard III

1. White round plates make food taste better.

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2. The world's oldest known toilets were used by the dinodontosaurus, a rhino-like herbivore, some 240 million years ago.

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3. Richard III ground his teeth.

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4. Massachusetts colonists drank an estimated average of 35 gallons of cider per person during the year 1767.

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5. Earwigs use a chemical cloud to protect themselves from illness and predators.

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6. There's a twins-only military unit in Russia.

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7. Mushrooms weep to create their own wind in order to carry their spores further.

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8. Some 55% of middle names in the UK are chosen to commemorate relatives.

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9. Barn owls recognise the calls of their brothers and sisters.

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10. Robbie Williams is the most-featured artist in the Now That's What I Call Music compilation series, with 28 singles.

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