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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 10/30/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

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American Beaver

1. A common food additive comes from scent glands located near a beaver’s butt. (Learn more at AARP)

2. The coldest known place in the universe (at 458 degrees below zero) is Boomerang Nebula, in the constellation Centaurus. (Learn more at Discovery)

3. Men really do look at women’s bodies more than their faces. But so do women. (Learn more at Fox News)

Bar Scene

4. An Alabama man has been fighting to fulfill his late wife’s wish to be buried in their front yard. (Learn more at AARP)

5. Adults 70-85 who regularly volunteer are in better physical shape than younger adults who don’t. (Learn more at Medical Xpress.com)

6. The continents of Europe and Asia are now connected by the world’s deepest underwater railway tunnel. (Learn more at CNN)

Euro-Asia Tunnel opening ceremony, October 29, 2013

Euro-Asia Tunnel opening ceremony, October 29, 2013

7. The 12 million Roma worldwide are descended from a Hindi people in northern India. (Learn more at Discovery)

8. The California Highway Patrol ticketed a woman for driving while wearing Google Glass. (Learn more at The Verge)

Brooklyn Bridge Google Glass

9. Bob Barker will return to The Price is Right in December, for his 90th birthday. (Learn more at People)

Bob Barker returns to Price Is Right

10. Five teens photographed in a passing car by Beatle Ringo Starr almost 50 years ago will meet their idol in November. (Learn more at AARP)

Ring Starr 1964 photo of teens in car

11. Some common health screenings do more harm than good. (Learn more at AARP)

Bonus video:

The red-capped manakin can moonwalk better than Michael Jackson.

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Images — Beaver: Stevehdc/Flickr; Aquarium Bar: Mike Smail/Flickr;  Tunnel opening: VikiPicture/Wikimedia; Google Glass: Google; Bob Barker: Fireballk2588/Flickr; Beatle fans: Ringo Starr/ Photograph/ Genesis Publications; Manakin in audio player: joule_e/Flickr

Promotional Photo: Bob Bennett/Getty Images

Sounds: Music — Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra — Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix project.

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