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7 things I did not know last week

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these… The Australian town of Alice Springs used to be called Stuart (wikipedia.org) You can fix slightly unresponsive game console controllers with aluminum foil (lifehacker.com) Marlee Matlin (Academy Award winner, Children

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7 things I did not know last week

You can use an electric toothbrush to pollinate tomatoes. Red Bull is produced and sold by an Austrian company, and it is based on a Thai energy drink. You cannot delete more than 4000 messages in Microsoft Outlook 2003 in

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7 things I did not know last week

James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming wrote ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car. Via a friend’s friend who left a comment on my friend’s Facebook. If you extract numbers from a text string in Excel they are still stored as

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7 things I did not know last week

There are more than 35 ways to do pushups. You can go to Gmail in Firefox by typing the letter g in the address bar and hitting Enter. ‘Members of the public and the media do not need a permit

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7 things I did not know last week

Twitter only lets its users retrieve the last 3,200 updates they’ve entered into the system. Venice residents get free city-wide wi-fi. Tourists need to pay about $7 a day. The word oxymoron means ‘sharply dull’ in Greek. There are 100,000

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7 things I did not know last week

Putting butter, mayonnaise, or ice on a burn is a myth. You can smelt iron ore in a microwave. In the first half of 2009 I covered 2% of the distance to the Moon. Actor Greg Grunberg (Heros' Matt Parkman)

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7 things I did not know last week

You can use Gmail drafts to mail yourself unallowed files. The song Everytime We Touch by Cascada borrows its chorus from 1992 track Everytime We Touch by ‘Moonlight Shadow’ singer Maggie Reilly. The dessert I had last night is not

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7 things I did not know last week

Dominic Purcell is Australian. The word ‘avocado’ comes from the Aztec ‘ahuacatl’ meaning tescicle. Tina Fey wrote and co-starred in Mean Girls. You can cure a stomach ache if you lie on your left side for 5 minutes. The stomach

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7 things I did not know last week

Marc de Champagne is brandy made with discarded seeds and skins from Champagne grapes. Turkey grows 70% to 75% of the world’s hazelnuts. Kennington Park was the site of public executions until the 1800s, and the speakers’ corner of south

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7 things I did not know last week

Jodrell Bank is not a bank. Belarus is the only European country to carry out executions. The vocals on Michael Gray’s The Weekend and De Souza’s Guilty are both from the same woman (Shena) It is possible (but unadvisable) to

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7 things I did not know last week

Gordon Brown lost the sight in one eye after an accident as a teenager. The salt used to prevent roads from icing does not come from the sea. The Union Flag is not symmetrical. Status Quo covered Men Without Hats’

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7 things I did not know last week

You can search for images on Google with the exact dimensions you need, by adding to your search query ‘imagesize:1280×960’ (no quotation marks, and change the numbers to the width and height you are looking for) Four out of the

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7 things I did not know last week

In late 1985 one pound was worth a little over one US dollar. Yarnbombing is the use of knitting as a form of graffiti. Around a third of children in care have been voluntarily given up by their parents. The

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7 things I did not know last week

Madonna does not like being called Madge, just as I do not like being called Lulu (don’t ask). But I do feel special to have a nickname, and at least it’s not ‘baldy’. You can remove cork taint from wine

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How to use email to send and retrieve notes to yourself

Gordon recently pointed out that I have been running the ‘7 things I did not know last week‘ weekly post since January 2007. That’s… two years! And possibly the longest I have enjoyed doing something for, which makes me wonder

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7 things I did not know last week

Stuart and I have something in common with the Obama girls: we all got a Wii for Christmas from Mum and Dad. The expression ‘For the win’ (FTW) entered popular culture via the TV show Hollywood Squares. One century ago,

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7 things I did not know last week

Portishead topped the UK dance chart in April 2008 with Machine Gun. Lamb is almost always grass-fed, and therefore a very good source of Omega-3 fatty acids compared to other meat. Some plants need no soil to grow and if

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7 things I did not know last week

The number on plastic containers is a recycling code that tells which plastic has been used. The number 7 is for plastic that contains BPA (the chemical suspected to leak from plastic into the human body). The iPhone fart application

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7 things I did not know last week

A new cycle hire scheme is due to be introduced to central London in 2010. There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in human history. Via kottke.org. Adultery is a crime in South Korea. Kirk

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Igloos are built in a spiral pattern. Via Kottke. New year 2009 will be delayed by one second to correct atomic clocks. It is estimated that Google uses 21 times more bandwidth than it pays for. Amazon Mechanical Turk is

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The tallest building in Europe (the 268-metre Naberezhnaya Tower) is in Moscow, where construction of an even taller building was stopped this week. Ping.fm also lets you update your (Twitter, Facebook, etc) status via IM. You can skip typing ‘www.’

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7 things I did not know last week

‘Mr Smith‘, the alien computer in The Sarah Jane Adventures, is voiced by comedian Alexander Armstrong. You can easily get the higher quality version (if available) for any YouTube video by sticking &fmt=18 at the end of the URL (or

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s mother is German. The record for most voices recorded on an audiobook by a single person is held by Jim Dale for his 146 voices in Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows. Apple released a games console (the

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7 things I did not know last week

Selfridges was founded by an American. Ryan Kwanten (very convincing Louisiana born and bred Jason Stackhouse in True Blood) is Australian and played lifeguard Vinnie Patterson in Home and Away for many years. Katherine Ellis (featured in last week’s 7

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Ron Grainer (Doctor Who theme tune composer) also wrote the Tales of the Unexpected theme (via Mike) Eating dirt is good for you. A Dirty Sanchez is a sexual act. New design UK coins are already in circulation (via Diamond

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7 things I did not know last week

Shots, props and costumes from Battlestar Galactica were reused in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Google Chrome’s concept of ‘one process per tab’ is nothing new: IE7 on Vista already prohibits mixing security zones in the same process, and

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7 things I did not know last week

British physicist Dr. Brian Cox used to play keyboards in D:Ream. Apple has granted another two-month free extension to MobileMe users because of poor service, bringing the free trial up to four months now. Mine expires on 7 December, perhaps

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Basshunter started to produce music in 1999 with the computer program Fruity Loops (Now: FL Studio). As of 2007 there were 200 million dead blogs. Google Reader trends has a ‘starred’ tab, often a better indication that I have saved

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7 things I did not know last week

Google is not the first search engine in Russia, China, South Korea and the Czech Republic. Dogs drink via a ‘reverse slurp‘. You can tweak the AwesomeBar’s suggestion algorithm in Firefox 3, and rank some items higher than others, for

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7 things I did not know last week

You can use the Firefox 3 toolbar search as a calculator: type your formula and the tooltip displays the result, no need to leave the page you are on. It works if the selected engine is google.com, not if it

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