THINGS WE DIDN’T KNOW IN 2008 THAT WE LEARNED IN 2009

Using both hands to read Braille achieves an average speed of 115 words a minute, compared with 250 words a minute for sighted reading.

You can hiccup while asleep.

The bubonic plague still exists.

Grizzly bears hate getting their ears wet.

Nicolas Sarkozy collects stamps.

The average number of friends is 150.

Holding your hands up on a roller coaster stretches the torso, enhancing the physical sensations.

An outbreak of swine flu in 1976 killed one person but a vaccine to combat it killed 25.

In the 1970 US Census, the number of people who said they were aged over 100 was about 22 times the true number.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has a water slide in his garden.

The crease under your buttocks is called the gluteal fold.

There are so few redheads in Mexico they often greet each other in the street.

Banana skins can take two years to biodegrade.

In the early days of barcodes, there was a plan for round ones.

Tattoos can be done with a person’s ashes.

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