7 things I did not know last week

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these

  1. The Australian town of Alice Springs used to be called Stuart (wikipedia.org)
  2. You can fix slightly unresponsive game console controllers with aluminum foil (lifehacker.com)
  3. Marlee Matlin (Academy Award winner, Children of a Lesser God) was discovered by Henry Winkler (the Fonz) when she was was 12-year-old (youtube.com)
  4. Tortoiseshell-and-white cats are nearly almost female (I knew that) because coat colour is linked to the X chromosome (I did not know that), and therefore only female cats (carrying two X chromosomes) can have patches in two different colours e.g. black and orange (wikipedia.org)
  5. Actor James Franco has a younger actor brother called Dave (wikipedia.org)
  6. Cyborg stands for “Cybernetic organism” (telegraph.co.uk)
  7. Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars were launched in 1905 (wikipedia.org)
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TfL road safety campaign, White City, London w12

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The Fabergé big egg hunt, Carnaby Street, London W1

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The Fabergé big egg hunt, Carnaby Street, London W1

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"Life Is To Blame For Everything", Belvedere Road, London SE1

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"Life Is To Blame For Everything", Belvedere Road, London SE1

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M83, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London W12

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M83, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London W12

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Valentine’s dinner, London SE11

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Valentine's dinner, London SE11

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Bombardino, Hotel Valle Verde, Tarvisio, Italy

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Bombardino, Hotel Valle Verde, Tarvisio, Italy

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Snow, Staffordshire DE13

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Snow, Staffordshire DE13

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Frost, Staffordshire DE13

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Frost, Staffordshire DE13

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ONE New Oxford Street, London WC1

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ONE New Oxford Street, London WC1

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Snow, Tignes 73320 France

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Snow, Tignes 73320 France

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Clapham Road, London SW9

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Clapham Road, London SW9

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Leake St tunnel, London SE1

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Leake St tunnel, London SE1

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Urban Fox straw sculpture, South Bank, London SE1

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Urban Fox straw sculpture, South Bank, London SE1

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Fire hydrant thingy (probably), Hilton Metropole, King’s Road, Brighton BN1

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Fire hydrant thingy (probably), Hilton Metropole, King's Road, Brighton BN1

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"Born This Gay", Pride 2011, Brighton BN1

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"Born This Gay", Pride 2011, Brighton BN1

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Burnt down pier, Brighton BN1

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Burnt down pier, Brighton BN1

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Arial Way, London W12

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Arial Way, London W12

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Breaking free, Rampayne St, London SW1

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Breaking free, Rampayne St, London SW1

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Crunchy the credit crunch monster, Great Eastern St, London EC2

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Crunchy the credit crunch monster, Great Eastern St, London EC2

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Pigeon on National Theatre from Waterloo Bridge, London SE1

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Pigeon on National Theatre from Waterloo Bridge, London SE1

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9 Moreton St, London SW1

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9 Moreton St, London SW1

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Shepherd’s Bush station, London W11

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Shepherd's Bush station, London W11

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Lovebox, London E3

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Lovebox, London E3

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Search Party, St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London EC2M

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Search Party, St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London EC2M

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The Lion & the Unicorn, Belvedere Road, London SE1

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The Lion & the Unicorn, Belvedere Road, London SE1

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Wear Chemistry, S Lambeth Place, London SW8

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Wear Chemistry, S Lambeth Place, London SW8

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The Old Vic stage door, Webber St, London SE1

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The Old Vic stage door, Webber St, London SE1

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Waterloo underground station, London SE1

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Waterloo underground station, London SE1

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Friends’ house party, Margate CT9

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