10 things we didn't know last week

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1. Emails sent in the morning receive longer replies.

Find out more (the Times)

2. In September 1944 the New York Times explained pizza to its readers and included a rare use of its plural "pizze" - there was an earlier article but it only mentioned pizza in passing.

Find out more (New York Times)

3. Handgun bullets sometimes bounce off armadillos.

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4. The Queen likes to have her pre-lunch gin and Dubonnet in front of BBC Two's the Daily Politics.

Find out more (Daily Mail)

5. Alan Rickman got his friends Ruby Wax and playwright Peter Barnes to rewrite the dialogue involving his character the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, resulting in the line: "You. My room. 10.30 tonight. You 10.45. And bring a friend."

Find out more (Screen Daily)

6. State senators in Minnesota are not allowed to make eye contact with each other while on the senate floor.

Find out more (Twin Cities)

7. South Derbyshire has the lowest social mobility of any parliamentary constituency in England.

Find out more (Sutton Trust)

8. University Challenge question setters are particularly inclined to ask about Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

Find out more (Gonville & Caius)

9. Men compete to give bigger online charity donations if the page is for an attractive woman.

Find out more (the Times)

10. Einstein's pipe is the most popular exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution's modern physics collection.

Find out more (Smithsonian)

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