11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …

Jack Nicholson

1. Those stories were wrong: Jack Nicholson isn’t retiring after all … at least not from the movies. (Learn more at Vanity Fair)

2. The Saiga, an endangered species of antelope that looks like something out of the bar scene in Star Wars, is making a comeback. (Learn more at National Geographic)

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3. More than 90 percent of Americans routinely throw out perfectly good food because they think it’s no longer safe to eat. (Learn more at AARP)

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4. A new technique makes it possible to sleep away your fears. (Learn more at CNN.com)

5. It may be dangerous to search for actress Lily Collins on the Web. (Learn more at AARP)

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6. Actor Jeff Daniels says that he uses “a little golden Barcalounger” given to him by AARP to “hold my meds.” (Learn more at AARP)

7. Moms are more likely than dads (67 percent versus 51 percent) to talk or text on a daily basis with their adult children. (Learn more at AARP)

8. Bloomingdale’s has figured out how to stop customers from buying expensive items for big events and returning them the next day. (Learn more at Business Insider)

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9. Your chicken nuggets may soon be made in China. (Learn more at AARP)

10 A former Disney animator discovered the real Abraham Lincoln in a photograph taken in 1863 at Gettysburg. (Learn more at Smithsonian)

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11. One of the new $100 bills to be issued on Oct. 8 might be worth as much as $15,000. (Learn more at Boston Globe)

Bonus video: Before you rake your leaves this year, watch this:

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Images — Jack Nicholson: Sharon Graphics/Flickr; Saiga: Richard Reading/U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia; Label: theimpulsebuy/Flickr; Lily Collins: Mariana Raquel/Flickr; Bloomingdale’s: Rupert Ganzer/Flickr; Lincoln at Gettysburg: Alexander Gardner / Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division / Courtesy of Christopher Oakley

Music — Deep Sky Blue, by Graphiqs Groove

 

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