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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. The turkey George Bush carried through cheering troops on his surprise visit to Iraq was a centrepiece for decoration, not for eating. Instead the soldiers were served pre-sliced turkey and vegetables on paper plates.

2. James Bond's arch-adversary Ernst Stavro Blofeld was named after the father of veteran BBC cricket commentator Henry Blofeld. Bond creator Ian Fleming had been at school with Blofeld Senior, Henry revealed on this week's Desert Island Discs.

3. Cannibalism is not technically illegal in Germany.

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4. Volcanic ash helps preserve soft tissue. Delicate body parts typically rot away, but a 425 million-year-old fossil entombed after an eruption has been found with its delicate bits intact, including a perfectly preserved penis.

5. Not all parasites are bad for us, and some may even help fight diseases. An Iowa woman with an incurable bowel condition takes regular doses of gut worms and no longer suffers her debilitating symptoms.

6. David Hemmings, the actor who epitomised the swinging 60s by starring in Blow Up and Barbarella, went on to direct the legendary 80s TV action dramas The A-Team and Magnum PI. Hemmings, who died this week, also directed Airwolf and Quantum Leap.

7. Our Stone Age ancestors ate very healthily. Cave men and women didn't suffer from heart disease, strokes, osteoporosis, allergies or high blood pressure, thanks to their diet of free-range meat and organic grains, fruit and vegetables.

If you're in the UK, you can see 10 Things at the weekend on Ceefax, page 129
8. The banjo boy from the 70s film Deliverance can't actually play the instrument, as director Tim Burton discovered when he tracked the former child actor down to offer him a part.

9. More than 50,000 call centre jobs - from 28 UK firms - have been outsourced to India in the past two years.

10. Director Peter Jackson only completed the final instalment in his Lord of the Rings trilogy a week before its world premiere. He ignored the Hollywood tradition of delivering the entire film to be copied into prints to be distributed worldwide. Instead he sent it off a few reels at a time so as to polish the effects in the final scenes.

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