10 things we didn't know last week

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1. Tony Blair tried to become a stand-up comedian.

Find out more (Daily Mirror)

2. The first item sold online was a CD of Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales album in 1994.

Find out more (Fast Company)

3. Loneliness may suppress the immune system.

Find out more (Daily Mail)

4. Elephants can use their trunks to blow food within reach.

Find out more (Discover Magazine)

5. Sugar-producing bacteria could be used by astronauts to make food in space.

Find out more (Gizmodo)

6. A 17th-Century scientist planned to paint the bubonic plague onto hats to create a biological weapon.

Find out more (New Scientist)

7. High-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in the brain.

Find out more (The Guardian)

8. The Churchill household spent around £1,160 each year on wine, £104,400 in today's money.

Find out more (The Economist)

9. How fast a person's heart beats when resting can predict whether they are going to die early.

Find out more (Daily Telegraph)

10. Children with pet dogs are less anxious than children without.

Find out more (The Daily Beast)

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