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Last Updated: Friday, 18 June, 2004, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
10 things we didn't know this time last week
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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. Only Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard have spent more weeks in the UK singles chart than The Shadows, the instrumental quartet who this week played their last show. The Beatles rank ninth in the Guinness chart.

2. Visitors to the House of Commons are known as "strangers" - a tradition MPs pushing to modernise Parliament are keen to ditch.

3. Larry Hagman - JR of Dallas fame - has a collection of 4,000 hats, including five Stetsons given to him by Ronald Reagan. Those are apparently very small, Hagman says, because the late US president's head was "no bigger than a coffee saucer".

4. Octopuses have a favourite arm. Just as humans tend to be left or right-handed, an octopus will reach for an object with the same tentacle each time.

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
5. The theme music to Crimewatch UK, celebrating its 20th anniversary next week, is called Rescue Helicopter - written by John Cameron.

6. The job for life is long-since dead - workers starting employment in 2025 will do as many as 19 different jobs.

7. Sightings of the Loch Ness monster have plummeted. In the past 18 months there have been just three reported sightings of Nessie, compared with an average of 15 to 20 annually since she was first spotted in 1933.

8. And reports of UFOs have dwindled since the late 1990s. In the UK, sightings have gone from about 30 a week to almost zero; it's a trend echoed in the US and Norway.

9. Leg length is an indicator of childhood diet and living conditions. And those with short pins are more likely to develop heart disease.

10. British women are the most enthusiastic hair removers in Europe; those in Germany are the least, according to a survey by razor manufacturer Wilkinson.

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