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Last Updated: Friday, 23 July, 2004, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
10 things we didn't know this time last week
10 pigeons by John Fenton

Snippets harvested from the week's news, chopped, sliced and diced for your weekend convenience.

1. Even at 10 weeks old, a foetus may already be left or right-handed, a new study has claimed.

2. You don't have to live in a city to be an urban dweller. According to the last census, anywhere with 1,500 residents or more, and bigger than 20 hectares, is an urban settlement.

3. The atomic bomb which killed 70,000 people in Nagasaki in August 1945, was originally destined for the Japanese city of Kokura. Major-General Charles Sweeney, who piloted the plane which dropped the 22-kiloton explosive, and who died last week, diverted to the secondary target because of last-minute cloud cover over Kokura.

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

4. It costs 7,500 to hire the Red Arrows to perform an aerobatic display. Unfortunately they have far more applications than slots available.

5. Flamingos can live for 40 years.

6. Red Arrows pilots do their tricks without the aid of computer navigation.

7. Before this week, Prince Charles had never ridden in a taxi.

8. US servicemen and women can get free plastic surgery, including breast implants. The New Yorker magazine quoted an army spokesperson as saying: "The surgeons have to have someone to practise on."

9. Dried food can be rehydrated with urine - at least a new form of rations developed by US food scientists can. The packaging filters out the impurities before the liquid is added.

10. The founder of the Natural History Museum, Sir Richard Owen, was the man we have to thank for the word "dinosaur", literally meaning "terrible lizard".

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