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10 things we didn't know this time last week
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10 eggs - by Bryce Cooke

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. Ikea is named after its founder, Ingvar Kamprad. I and K are his initials, the E and A for Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd, the farm and village in southern Sweden where he grew up.

2. The world's most expensive flat has been sold for 27m in Chelsea, west London. It needs a further 7m spent on fixtures and fittings... presumably not opt flat-pack.

3. Germans are not allowed to name their offspring Judas, because of the potential harm it may cause the child.

4. Osmium tetroxide - the chemical at the centre of an alleged UK bomb plot - smells of chlorine when released, and attacks the eyes, throat and lungs, causing asphyxiation. But it's destroyed in explosions, making it virtually useless in a bomb attack.

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. Of the 600,000 people who die in the UK each year, less than one-third are buried. The rest are cremated.

6. And in the past decade, four people in the UK have died in cemetery accidents, crushed by falling tombstones.

7. Continuing in this cheery vein, more than 1.2m people die in traffic accidents worldwide each year. The first was Bridget Driscoll, knocked down by a car travelling at 12mph in London on 17 August 1896. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death, and warned: "This must never happen again."

8. The Golden Eagle may soon be gone from England, following the disappearance of the female half of the last known breeding pair.

9. A quarter of Australia's population was born outside the land Down Under.

10. And three-quarters of Britons have crossed the Channel to visit France.

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