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12.17.2005

10 Funfacts From The BBC

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

1. Magnetic North is not fixed, but in fact is drifting at such a speed away from northern Canada it could be in Siberia in 50 years.

2. The Body Shop is banned from China where cosmetics have to be tested on animals, says Dame Anita Roddick.

3. Paul McCartney's animal rights activism was inspired by his watching Bambi.

4. Musical instrument shops must pay an annual royalty to cover shoppers who perform a recognisable riff before they buy, thereby making a "public performance".

5. A sound can travel for 200 miles if it is loud enough.

6. Aslan is the Turkish word for lion. (apt, given that the White Witch in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tempts Edmund to dark side with the offer of Turkish delight).

7. One in 16.66 Britons (6% of the population) is homosexual according to new government figures.

8. Each tank at the Buncefield oil depot housed 700,000 gallons of fuel, enough to take a bus to the Moon and back 12 times.

9. People can train their bodies to heat up, helping them survive longer in icy water.

10. Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia that is compiled and updated by volunteers and has frequently had its accuracy called into question, is about as reliable as the Encyclopedia Britannica, according to a study by Nature.

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