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10 things we didn't know this time last week
10 THINGS
10 Cones 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. Lasagne has replaced chicken tikka massala as the favourite dish of Britons. Sainsbury's sold 13.9 million lasagne ready meals and just 7.4 million chicken tikka massalas last year. Tesco sold 9.8 million lasagnes and 6.3 million chicken tikka massalas.

2. Elizabeth Taylor doesn't just collect husbands and Oscars - she's also a prolific buyer of fine art. According to The Independent, she has an "expansive collection," which includes works by Monet, Picasso and Renoir. Ms Taylor is in a dispute over ownership of a Van Gogh, purchased by her father in 1963. The family of a Jewish woman say she had to leave it behind when she fled the Nazis.

3. Freak conditions above Everest can cause the sky to "fall in". An analysis of weather patterns in May 1996, by University of Toronto researchers, said eight people died when the stratosphere sank to the level of the summit.

4. If you're fair, cosy up to a hippo. One of the world's deadliest animals, hippos shield themselves from the nasty rays of the sun by producing a sticky sweat that acts like a sunscreen.

5. Pizza cowboys have become such a problem in Italy that officials want to introduce new rules to ensure pie uniformity. They say the pizza must be three millimetres thick in the middle, have a one to two centimetre thick crust and the diameter must not exceed 35cms.


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6. Delia Smith is just like the rest of us. Back in the 70s and 80s, the doyenne of domesticity would nip into Marks and Spencer when it was her turn to handle the tea for her husband's cricket club.

7. Hair turns grey when the cells that give it its colour die. But French scientists have found that some of the cells - called melanocytes - survive, and they hope to develop a pill or similar treatment that would halt that process.

8. Still with hair, you can blame bad genes for a messy mop. A US team says people who have a faulty version of a gene called, appropriately, "frizzled", may end up with unruly hair, bushy eyebrows, and very hairy chests.

9. Britain has more fat kids than any other nation in Europe. The revelation comes after it was revealed a three-year-old child died from sleep apnoea brought on by obesity, and the government says the nation's weight could cause the collapse of the NHS.

10. Wool is clever. Researchers in New Zealand have developed a "smart wool" that will, with the help of a battery, keep toes toasty through the winter. They should be on the market in the UK by next year.


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