10 things we didn't know last week

  • 4 July 2014
kangaroo hopping

1. Detainees at Guantanamo are allowed to watch the World Cup but don't see it live - it is made available a day later to ensure nothing subversive can be conveyed.

Find out more (FT)

2. Kangaroos use their tails as a third leg.

Find out more (Guardian)

3. When making a decision, former England and Derbyshire fast bowler Devon Malcolm asks himself: "What would Margaret Beckett do?"

Find out more (All Out Cricket)

4. Marinading meat in beer before a barbecue cuts the number of harmful particles that form on the meat.

Find out more (Economist)

5. Paul Weller's guilty pleasure is to watch a rom-com with a plate of After Eights.

Find out more (Guardian)

6. The gene that helps Tibetans live at altitude comes from an extinct human species, the Denisovans.

Find out more (New Scientist)

7. Wild chimps communicate 19 specific messages to one another with a "lexicon" of 66 gestures.

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8. Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, spends up to 40 minutes a day squatting and repeating an Eastern Orthodox prayer.

Find out more (Daily Telegraph)

9. Hail nets - common in wine-growing areas - are banned in Burgundy.

Find out more (Dr. Vino)

10. Men would rather give themselves electric shocks than be left alone with their thoughts.

Find out more (Guardian)

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