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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …

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1. Cockroaches that survive harsh winters have invaded New York. (Learn more at U.S. News)

2. Saturn’s six-sided jet stream creates a stunning GIF. (Learn more at Engadget.com)

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3. Singer Susan Boyle has Asperger’s Syndrome. (Learn more at AARP)

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4. Kitty, the most popular name for female kittens from 2000 to 2006, has dropped behind Bella and Lucy. (Learn more at Vetstreet)

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5. Not all species decline with age, a new survey finds. (Learn more at Science Daily)

6. Including the word “overstock” in Internet addresses is a popular lure for fraud this holiday season. (Learn more at AARP)

7. Another holiday heads-up: decorating gets more dangerous every year. (Learn more at AARP)

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8. Making a selfie video while riding an emu might be considered animal cruelty. (Learn more at Daily Dot)

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9. Organic milk is more nutritious than conventional milk. (Learn more at AARP)

10. MIT is offering a prize for saying the world’s toughest tongue twister 10 times in a row. (Learn more at AARP)

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11. A stuffed monkey’s two-inch toy pistol can be considered a dangerous weapon at an airport. (Learn more at King5.com)

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Bonus video – The U.S. Air Force Band surprised visitors to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum by giving an impromptu concert.

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Images: Cockroaches courtesy of Lyle Buss, University of Florida Insect ID Lab; Saturn jet stream: NASA, JPL; Susan Boyle: Scott Campbell/Getty Images; Three Cats: Ferran Jordí  /FlickrLEGO Christmas: Thom Watson/FlickrEmu: Aussiegall/Flickr;  Tongue Twisters: MirekP/istockphoto; Sock puppet’s gun: Phyllis May via King5; Cat for audio player: Doug88888/Flickr

Music: U.S. Air Force Band

 

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