10 things we didn't know last week
1. When "guilty pleasure" first appeared in the New York Times, in 1860, it was used to describe a brothel.
2. TV drama Broadchurch was inspired by Thomas Hardy's Wessex.
3. The coldest spots on earth are on mountain ridges in Antarctica, set a little bit down the slope from the top.
4. Until May 2013, "being an incorrigible rogue" was a criminal offence.
5. China uses drones to monitor herds of wild yaks in a remote mountain region.
6. Birmingham City Council blocks the word "commie" from incoming email.
7. American alligators position sticks on their snouts to lure birds to land on them.
8. James Bond's average weekly alcohol consumption was 92 units.
9. Proteins in the seeds of tropical plant Moringa oleifera can be used to purify water.
10. The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) thought he might have been able to prevent World War II if he had remained on the throne.
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