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Last Updated: Friday, 13 February, 2004, 17:44 GMT
10 things we didn't know this time last week
10 Dacre Street - and Scotland Yard reflected by Chris May

It's easy to lose track of the news. So at the end of the week, it's good to keep an eye on some of those things which shouldn't go unnoticed.

If you spot something you think should be included next week, send it to us using the form at the bottom of the page.


1. Ben Jones, who played the mechanic Cooter in the hit TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, went on to serve two terms as a Democratic congressman on Capitol Hill in Washington, between 1988 and 1992.

2. Vic Reeves shares his birthday with his father and his grandfather - and all three are actually called Jim.

3. Collecting old tax discs is known as velology.

4. Elephants used to be a common sight in Skegness in the 1930s. They would be dressed in a kind of cricket strip and made to play against each other on the sands, to publicise a circus.

5. In US presidential elections since 1964, all the Democrats who have gained the White House have come from southern states.

If you're in the UK, you can see 10 Things at the weekend on Ceefax, page 129 and also on cable, satellite and Freeview

6. Diet guru Dr Robert Atkins weighed more than 18 stone when he died last year. He was six feet tall.

7. There are 76 pubs along the London Marathon route.

8. The Department of Health is changing its website from the Homeresque to

9. French people can posthumously marry a deceased fiancé or fiancée, but they will need the permission of the president to do so. The right, introduced by General De Gaulle, is rarely used.

10. Good news for anyone who forgot Valentine's Day - more people would prefer to receive a "romantic text message" than a dozen perfect roses, at least according to a survey conducted for the Spoken Word Publishing Association.

If you see something you think should be included next week, let us know using the form below. Thanks to Chris May and David Slater.

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