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10 things we didn't know last week

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1. Stanley Kubrick wanted to film his own version of Pinocchio.

Find out more (The Guardian)

2. English regional words for a small piece of wood under the skin such as "spool", "spile", "speel", "spell", "shiver", "spill" and "splint" are falling out of use in favour of "splinter".

Find out more (Daily Mail)

3. Naturalist Chris Packham recommends that you eat tadpoles.

Find out more (The Times)

4. Diners spend an average of £2 a head more in restaurants that play Ravel or Tchaikovsky rather than Kajagoogoo or Cher.

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5. Nearly two thirds of shoppers who bought women's clothes in the last six months sent at least one item back.

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6. You can't change your name to "Count" or "Baron" in Germany.

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7. Male sparrows retaliate when females are unfaithful by providing less food.

Find out more (Imperial College London)

8. Despite his miserly reputation, Henry VII spend £3 million in today's money on clothes in two years.

Find out more (Daily Telegraph)

9. Dogs may have evolved separately in Asia and Europe.

Find out more (New York Times)

10. A dagger entombed alongside Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite.

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