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    100 Bites of Tasty Trivia from the BBC

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    By Staff

    If 2007 passed you by and you can’t help wondering where all the trivia went, the BBC has an answer. It’s compiled a list of 100 things it didn’t know last year–little squibs of inconvenient, peculiar, or droll factoids, perfect for whiling away the better part of a drowsy workday or fortifying your dinner-party discourse. Here are a few of my favorites:

    Brazil nuts are seeds encased in an outer shell that weighs more than 1kg.

    Sleeping on the job is tolerated in Japanese work culture, as long as you remain upright and obey certain other rules. It’s called inemuri.

    Only about half of China’s population can speak the national language, Mandarin.

    Well, there you go. I’m off for some rejuvenating inemuri.

    Brendan Mackie

    Photo by eurok, licensed under Creative Commons.

    Published on Jan 9, 2008

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