The most interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from the daily news stories and the Magazine documents some of them in its weekly feature, 10 things we didn't know last week. To kick off 2010, here's an almanac of the best from the past year.
1. Using both hands to read Braille achieves an average speed of 115 words a minute, compared with 250 words a minute for sighted reading.
2. Gold medal winner Chris Hoy was inspired to cycle by ET.
3. Moby is related to novelist Herman Melville and was named after his most famous creation.
4. You can hiccup while asleep.
5. Countdown is French.
6. John the Good was bad and William the Bad was good.
7. In camel racing the jockeys are electronic robots.
8. The bubonic plague still exists.
9. Indonesia is the world's largest exporter of edible frogs.
10. The brain chemical serotonin causes locusts to swarm.
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