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10 things we didn't know this time last week
Ten petals on a Lesser Celandine by Euan Cartwright

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

1. Charles Kennedy is the only leader of the three main UK political parties to own an iPod.

2. The fastest British male runner was eight minutes slower in 2003 than in 1985 in the London marathon.

3. Motorways are five times safer per mile driven than the average road and eight times safer than urban A roads.

4. A butter knife is an offensive weapon, says the High Court, even though it has no sharp edges or points.

5. The Cookie Monster's real name is Sid.
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6. Tesco's make 64 per second.

7. The Vatican post office issues "vacant see" stamps valid only between the death of one pope and the appointment of another.

8. The average worker spends 14 working days a year on personal e-mails, phone calls and web browsing, outside official breaks, according to employment analysts Captor.

9. Each adult wastes food to the value of 420 a year.
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10. The name Lego came from two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". It also means "I put together" in Latin.
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