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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On August 13, 2014 @ 5:05 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

monkey selfie

1. When a monkey takes a selfie, it raises complicated copyright issues. (Learn more at The Guardian)

2. A robot is hitchhiking across Canada. (Learn more at hitchBOT.me)

3. According to recent retirees, the average income you need to live comfortably is $58,000 a year. (Learn more at AARP)

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4. It’s hard to hide $41,000 in your underwear. (Learn more at NBC10)

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5. A bite from the lone star tick can make you allergic to red meat. (Learn more at AARP)

Lone Star tick

6. London is the millionaire capital of the world. (Learn more at The Guardian)

Jaguar car in London

7. The peak time for sending dirty text messages is between 10 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays. (Learn more at Betabeat)

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8. Your coffee might have dirt filler in it. (Learn more from the American Chemical Society)

cup of coffee

9. Eating fish every week will make your brain grow. (Learn more at AARP)

Trout

10. Visitors to a new Chinese attraction will experience simulated death, cremation and rebirth. (Learn more at CNN)

11. An “origami” robot can assemble itself from a flat sheet and crawl forward in just a few minutes. (Learn more at Newsweek)

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Images – Monkey: Wikimedia; Check illustration: AARP; Lone star tick: CDC; Jaguar in London: Flickr/Michael Summers; Cellphone photo: Flickr/Pro Juventute – illus. AARP;
Plus – illustration – AARP; Coffee: Flickr/Stephen Rees;  Fish: Flickr/Jen R; Origami robot: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard;

Music – Nobel Backgroundmusic – by Why/Jamendo – Creative Commons

 

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