10 things we didn't know last week

  • 21 March 2014
Cuckoo chick in nest

1. Ear wax can be used to monitor pollution.

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2. Clarissa Dickson Wright's full name was Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright.

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3. Narwhals' long tusks - an exaggerated front tooth used for courtship - are super sensitive.

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4. Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev keeps a private library of 500 scents at the office.

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5. Crow families that unwittingly host a cuckoo chick in the nest tend to have better survival rates.

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6. Guinness in 1982 came close to re-launching the brand as an English beer brewed in west London.

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7. It's often been reported that the human nose can only distinguish between 10,000 smells but that is wrong - it's more like a trillion.

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8. Vicars and priests have the highest job satisfaction of UK workers.

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9. Until this week's decision to remove the law from the statute book, it was a criminal offence in the UK not to report grey squirrels spotted on your land.

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10. Dark chocolate is feasted on by "good" microbes in the gut, resulting in the production of anti-inflammatory compounds.

Find out more (New York Daily News)

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