Cronuts, Blobfish, Selfies. 11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year*

News, discoveries and fun


1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN) (Sept. 18)

2. Cronuts go for $40 on New York’s black market. (Learn more at AARP) (July 10)


3. Snail slime might be the fountain of youth. (Learn more at AARP) (July 17)

snail slime facial

4. What some of the rock ‘n’ roll era’s greatest stars might have looked like had they not died before their time. (Learn more at Sachs Media Group) (Nov. 20)

Jimi Hendrix as he would look like today

5. Doing 1,200 sit-ups a day helps keep golfing great Gary Player, who’s 78, more than fit. (Learn more at AARP) (July 17)

Gary Player ESPN cover

6. At the Washington National Zoo, a newborn panda cub that will weigh more than 200 pounds as an adult tipped the scales at 4.8 ounces. (Learn more at USA Today) (Aug. 28)

Newborn panda cub

7.Selfie” is the 2013 word of the year. (Learn more at Yahoo News) (Nov 20)

Astronaut selfie

8. Rinsing raw chicken doesn’t get rid of bacteria; it just spreads the germs. (Learn more at AARP) (Sept. 4)

Rinsing raw chicken

9. There’s a toilet-themed restaurant in Los Angeles. (Learn more at Huffington Post) (Oct. 23)

Toilet-themed restaurants

10. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated) (Nov. 13)

Inflatable bike helmet

11. An Oxford University researcher who led a study of kissing is “still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves.” (Learn more at Science Daily) (Oct. 16)

Couple kissing at wedding


* We started our 11 Things project in July – so we may have learned something in the first half of the year that’s not included …

Next week – a look at predictions for the year 2014.

And here’s a video roundup for the year, including some of our favorite bonus videos.

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Images: Blobfish: Kerryn Parkinson/Caters News/; Cronut: Rachel Lovinger/Flickr; Snail facial: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images; Jimi Hendrix: Rock & Roll Heaven/Sachs Media Group; Gary Player: Peter Hapak for ESPN The Magazine; Panda baby: Smithsonian National Zoo; Astronaut selfie/NASA; Chicken: Indiana Public Media/FlickrToilet restaurant (Taiwan): riNux/Wikimedia; Invisible bike helmet: Hövding; Kissing couple: shorty76/Flickr

Music: Air Force Band – Christmas Flash Mob at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Videos sampled for our video: Grudge Match/Warner Bros.Japan launches the world’s first ‘snail facial’/The TelegraphWorld’s Weirdest Birds “Moonwalk” to Impress the Ladies/NatGeoWildDancing Zombie Squid Explained/DiscoverySoft baby goat love pile at Adamah Farm/Sarah Chandler

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