FACTS OF THE DAY

31 January 2017

Humanity’s earliest known ancestor is a 540 million-year-old, 1mm sea creature that looks like a ‘wrinkled old sack’ and has no anus.

telegraph.co.uk

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Scientists think Earth’s water results from a chemical reaction between liquid hydrogen and quartz inside the planet, and this is what causes earthquakes.

newscientist.com

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In IKEA stores, the beds have Norwegian place names, the rugs have Danish place names and the sofas have Swedish ones.

qz.com

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A Nigerian preacher has died aged 93, leaving at least 86 wives and 150 children.

thetimes.co.uk

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An Austrian hotel whose key-card system was hacked, locking guests out of their rooms until a bitcoin ransom was paid, is going back to using metal door keys.

thetimes.co.uk

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President Trump has claimed it stopped raining almost as soon as he started his inaugural address, but it didn’t.

theatlantic.com