10 things we didn't know last week

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1. Australia has a town called Humpty Doo.
2. Every winter, great white sharks swim for 30 to 40 days to congregate at a particular spot halfway between Mexico and Hawaii. No-one knows why.
3. People touch their smartphones 2,617 times a day on average.
4. Alcoholics in Ottawa are given wine every hour as part of their treatment.
5. Three per cent of people think you should wait a month after the broadcast of a television programme before discussing the plot in a way that could throw up spoilers.
6. Even in the early 1970s women in the UK frequently had to get a male relative's signature to get a loan.
7. Pillows might easily have 47 different species of fungi living in them.
8. The Chilcot report is four-and-a-half times as long as War and Peace.
9. There was a Victorian comic song called "Tony Blair".
10. Fewer than one in five listed statues in the UK are of women.
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