FACTS OF THE DAY

November 17th 2017

Biologists from the University of Western Australia have a discovered a new species of grass growing in the desert that tastes like salt and vinegar crisps.

telegraph.co.uk

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After being given a white Lamborghini as a present, the Pope has signed it and donated it to be auctioned for charity. He normally drives a blue Ford Focus.

independent.co.uk

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A long-lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci has fetched $450 million at Christie’s, New York, two-and-a-half times the world record for a work of art at auction.

theguardian.com

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Mattel has produced its first hijab-wearing Barbie, the 10th in its ‘Sheroes’ range celebrating real women and based on the Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

theguardian.com

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Elon Musk has unveiled the new Tesla truck: the battery pack for its two electric motors will weigh almost ten tons.

forbes.com

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A Japanese railway company has apologised after one of its trains left 20 seconds early.

rocketnews24.com

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