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  • Water boatman uses singing penis to enter record books
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    Water boatman uses singing penis to enter record books

    By 1 July 2011

    The 2mm water boatman insect is the loudest creature on Earth in relation to its size, according to scientists in Scotland and France. In addition, the feat is achieved through the frantic rubbing of its, ahem, penis. The insect can reach a volume of...

  • It's official, chicken came first!
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    It's official, chicken came first!

    By 15 July 2010

    Along with "how do bees fly?" and "why is Jeremy Kyle still on telly?", "what came first, the chicken or the egg?" is one of the major mysteries in the world today. Or, at least, it was. Boffins at Sheffield University believe that they've found the answer....