10 things we didn't know last week

1. There are only two escalators in the entire state of Wyoming. Elevators are more commonly used.

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2. Plants and insects can catch sexually transmitted diseases.

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3. Urine can be used to charge a mobile phone. Just half a litre of the stuff allegedly produced enough power to make a six-minute phone call and send several texts - not such a waste after all.

Find out more (Herald Scotland)

4. There are more than 1,000 species of banana in the world, yet the global banana trade is based on only one - the Cavendish Banana.

Find out more (The Atlantic)

5. Scotland has only three outdoor public swimming pools.

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6. Lettuce was a sacred sex symbol to the Ancient Egyptians.

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7. Large herbivorous dinosaurs grew new teeth every month.

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8. Captain Bligh interrupted the mutiny on the Bounty to save the ship's chronometer.

Find out more (The Times)

9. The CIA tried to copy the shoes containing a poison-tipped knife used by Rosa Klebb in the 1963 film From Russia with Love.

Find out more (The Times)

10. Dogs do not, contrary to popular belief, see in black and white but are sensitive to colour. They have two kinds of colour receptors unlike humans who have three, allowing them to see limited shades of colour.

Find out more (Medical Daily)

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