1. Half of the world’s population could be short-sighted by 2050.
2. Stockton-on-Tees built a statue of a local hero – and got the wrong man.
3. Dozens of Shakepeare’s jokes don’t work today because of changes in English pronunciation.
4. Ford has built a test-track ridden with pot-holes in Belgium to mimic bad roads.
5. Barbie now has a smart home with wi-fi and voice-activated lighting.
6. Low-numbered licence plates sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars in the US state of Delaware.
7. Sitcom Keeping up Appearances has been sold outside the UK by BBC Worldwide more times than any other show – even Top Gear.
8. Fatter penguins are more likely to fall over on a treadmill.
9. Ferrero Rocher can act like rotating gears.
10. The inventor of Scrabble worked out the point values for the letters by counting letter frequency in the New York Times.
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