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10 things we didn't know this time last week

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.

10. Don't try this at home. Frustrated with his laptop crashing, George Doughty, 48, from Colorado, took a gun and shot the computer four times. He then hung it on his wall like a hunting trophy. He was arrested on suspicion of felony, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of weapons.

9. Hearses in Liverpool have been getting stranded on speed bumps during funerals. The city council is going to lower the bumps, but it will be up to 15 years before they are all replaced.

8. BT is opening call centres in India - one in Bangalore and one in Delhi - joining the rush of UK companies heading east for the chance to employ Indian graduates to answer phones. And in a sure sign that this cultural trend will be cemented in the public imagination, Goodness Gracious Me's Sanjeev Bhaskar has decided that an Indian call centre - presumably complete with lessons in what's happening in EastEnders - is to be the venue for his next sitcom.

7. The White House asked if President Bush could address the European Parliament, Baroness Williams revealed on BBC One's This Week show on Thursday. But, she said, Euro-MPs were told there was a condition attached to him making the speech: a standing ovation should be guaranteed. The speech has never taken place.

6. It wasn't just English cricketing hopes which were dashed this week. The weather ended South Africa's chances in the World Cup too. But there may be changes on the way. Frank Duckworth, co-creator with Tony Lewis of the wet-weather rules which bear their name, is working on an improved equation, according to BBC Sport Online. "We are working at an alternative method. Not necessarily a better method, but an alternative method that will focus on probability of victory rather than the margin of victory based on resources in hand." Whatever. Australia will still win.

5. "Hi there! Just have a look at these cool photos!" could become a thing of the past. New rules for UK firms sending out spam e-mails will say that subject lines must make it clear something is being sold. Time will tell.

If all this is old news to you, you could always try our weekly news quiz, Seven Days Seven Questions

4. Limited computing power on board the Space Shuttle - each of the five computers controlling each shuttle mission have one megabyte of memory - means astronauts overcame this by bringing their own laptops for sending e-mail, according to the New Statesman's Andrew Stephen.

3. If Saddam were a Disney character, which Disney character would he be? The snake from the Jungle Book, according to one of the original human shields from 1991, Patrick Herbert. He said this week he remembered "the incredible eerie charisma of the man". As for the snake: "Saddam's voice has a similar effect - it doesn't go up and down but it isn't monotonous."

2. Danish women who are anti-war have been campaigning to withhold sex from their partners if the menfolk are pro-war.

1. Sue Povey, 43, from Swindon is celebrating the birth of her 15th child. She and husband John now have nine girls and six boys. She says she is a "babyholic", while John says: "There's no stopping her now. But it's getting a bit tight on room."

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