Ferrero Rocher buys one-third of the world’s hazelnuts.

forbes.com

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Physicists in Canada believe each black hole may contain an entire universe.

curiosity.com

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The amount of Nutella produced each year is enough to model 22,000 Big Bens.

nutella.com

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German scientists have built implants that allow Mongolian gerbils to hear light.

futurism.com

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The world’s smallest restaurant, in Finland, has a capacity of two – plus two more on the terrace, weather permitting.

atlasobscura.com

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Saturn and its sixth largest moon, Enceladus, transmit pulses of plasma energy to one another that can be converted into weird music.

livescience.com

The world’s oldest known colour is pink.

bbc.co.uk

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Yawning is contagious for wolves and for budgies.

zmescience.com

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Jehovah’s Witnesses are banned in Russia as an extremist organisation.

telegraph.co.uk

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36% of British primary school children fail to meet Government standards in reading, writing and maths.

telegraph.co.uk

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Half the world’s legal cannabis is grown by the Chinese, who also hold more than half the 600 patents on its potential uses.

scmp.com

Dominic Raab, the new Brexit Secretary, has a black belt in karate.

bbc.co.uk

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David Davis spent a total of four hours negotiating with Michael Barnier this year.

independent.co.uk

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Nearly half the board of the Miss America organisation has quit over the decision to drop the swimsuit competition.

wsj.com

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The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation says that one-third of the fish caught around the world never get eaten.

theguardian.com

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Aerial photography in Wales has revealed dozens of archaeological sites exposed as patterns in grass and crops parched by the unprecedented hot weather.

scahmw.gov.uk

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New research has shown that Anne Frank’s family went into hiding to escape the Nazis after failing to secure US visas due to strict immigration rules at the time.

nytimes.com

Mozambique’s two largest exports are coal and heroin.

qz.com

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A new AI can teach a car to drive from scratch in 20 minutes.

newatlas.com

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The last time England reached the World Cup quarter-finals was so long ago FIFA didn’t exist.

bbc.co.uk

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UK police abandon almost a million crime investigations every year, even though they have a suspect.

thetimes.co.uk

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The number of Scottish children referred to the NHS for transgender issues has quadrupled in the last four years.

thetimes.co.uk

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Facebook took down a post quoting the US Declaration of Independence for “hate speech” because it contained the phrase ‘Indian savages’.

qz.com

Eating nuts improves the sperm count.

newatlas.com

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Fish pedicures can cause the toenails to fall off.

livescience.com

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Surrey has been shaken by its third earthquake in eight days.

sky.com

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The Chinese version of Saturday Night Live contains no political satire.

qz.com

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A crow at Knaresborough Castle has been filmed asking tourists ‘Y’alright, love?’ in a Yorkshire accent.

bbc.co.uk

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The highest temperature ever recorded in Scotland has been declared invalid because the thermometer was next to a vehicle with its engine running.

independent.co.uk

All-time heat records were set everywhere in the world last week.

washingtonpost.com

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Dogs are more frightened of fireworks than of gunshots or thunderstorms.

curiosity.com

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Scientists from the University of Cambridge may have found the loneliness gene.

newatlas.com

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The combined balance sheets of the four biggest UK banks are two and a half times bigger than the UK economy.

lrb.co.uk

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A Chinese company has developed a laser rifle that can fire 1,000 shots in  a row and set fire to a target half a mile a way in complete silence.

livescience.com

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A main examination board has been fined £175,000 by the regulator for mixing up Capulets and Montagues in a GSCE English question on Romeo and Juliet.

telegraph.co.uk

Seattle has a Rubber Chicken museum.

atlasobscura.com

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The US has beaten Belgium in the final of the Quidditch World Cup in Florence.

reuters.com

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A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being declared dead in a car crash and then later found alive in a morgue fridge.

sky.com

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MRI scans of the brain of Alex Honnold, the world’s most successful freestyle solo climber, show that he literally experiences no fear.

nautil.us

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The psychic octopus that predicted all three of Japan’s group stage World Cup results has been killed and sold for food by the fisherman who caught it.

time.com

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A basketball-sized, artificially intelligent, English-speaking droid named CIMON is on its way to the International Space Station to ‘help’ one of the astronauts.

reuters.com

The UK retail sector has lost 50,000 jobs in the last six months.

thetimes.co.uk

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A Wisconsin man has been treated for burns after an upskirting camera hidden in his shoe exploded.

bbc.co.uk

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India has been trying to drop English as an official language since 1965, but is blocked by riots every time it tries.

raiot.in

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President John F. Kennedy delayed signing the Cuban trade embargo in 1962 until his press secretary had secured him 1,200 Cuban cigars.

nytimes.co.uk

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Tough new laws in Denmark require immigrant ghetto children from the age of one to undergo compulsory training in Danish values for 25 hours a week.

nytimes.co.uk

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As lava reaching temperatures of 1200°C pours into the sea from the erupting volcano Kilauea, Hawaiian authorities have warned people not to swim near it.

zmescience.com

The Met Office has issued its first ever thunderstorm warning.

sky.com

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$8.7 trillion of the world’s wealth is hidden by the rich in tax havens.

lrb.com

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Real incomes in the UK are in the longest period of decline since 1815.

lrb.com

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The US has amassed its largest stockpile of cheese since records began.

vox.com

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By the standard definition of consciousness, Apple, Inc., is a conscious being.

qz.com

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Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most people (86.9 m) living in extreme poverty, even though its population is one-seventh of the size.

qz.com

The oldest known popcorn, recently discovered in Peru, is 6,700 years old.

nationalgeographic.com

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A new study has found that British bumblebees fare better in cities than in the countryside.

nytimes.com

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The world’s tropical forests lost 39 million acres of trees last year, an area about the size of Bangladesh.

nytimes.com

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Scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have identified six distinct types of human disgust.

curiosity.com

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The Cassini probe has revealed that Saturn’s sixth-largest moon, Enceladus, has all the basic ingredients to sustain life.

zmescience.com

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The world’s fattest hedgehog, handed into a rescue centre in Aberdeenshire and about four times normal size, has been put on a diet and exercise regime.

bbc.co.uk

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