10 things we didn't know last week

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1. Half of the world's population could be short-sighted by 2050.

Find out more (Science Daily)

2. Stockton-on-Tees built a statue of a local hero - and got the wrong man.

Find out more (The Independent)

3. Dozens of Shakepeare's jokes don't work today because of changes in English pronunciation.

Find out more (The Times)

4. Ford has built a test-track ridden with pot-holes in Belgium to mimic bad roads.

Find out more (Engineering and Technology Magazine)

5. Barbie now has a smart home with wi-fi and voice-activated lighting.

Find out more (Tech Crunch)

6. Low-numbered licence plates sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars in the US state of Delaware.

Find out more (NBC Philadelphia)

7. Sitcom Keeping up Appearances has been sold outside the UK by BBC Worldwide more times than any other show - even Top Gear.

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8. Fatter penguins are more likely to fall over on a treadmill.

Find out more (Gizmodo)

9. Ferrero Rocher can act like rotating gears.

Find out more (Twitter)

10. The inventor of Scrabble worked out the point values for the letters by counting letter frequency in the New York Times.

Find out more (Discovery News)

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