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Saturday, August 19, 2006

10 Things....

Snippets harvested from the week's news, chopped, sliced and diced for your weekend convenience by BBCi.

Only children are the least likely to be able to make other people laugh, say psychologists. Only 11% of children without siblings have this talent.

2. Newspapers in the UK have given away 54 million DVDs this year, about the same number as have been sold by retailers.

3. The original film footage of the first Apollo XI moon landing has been lost.

4. There are 32,000 workers living on-site at the production centre in China where iPods are manufactured.

5. Televisions with plasma screens can consume four times as much electricity as cathode ray tube televisions.

6. Involuntary bad language, a symptom affecting about one in 10 people with Tourette's syndrome, is called "coprolalia".

7. There's an A-level in critical thinking - Theo Walcott's girlfriend, Melanie Slade, passed it.

8. The town of Barga in Tuscany claims to be "the most Scottish in Italy" - and this week held its annual Scottish festival.

9. There are two million cars and trucks in Brazil which run on alcohol.

10. Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for children, say researchers from the University of Siena.
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