11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun

Cobra

1. A cobra can bite and kill someone even 20 minutes after its head is severed. (Learn more at Daily Mirror)

2. Celebrity deaths do not generally come in threes. (Learn more at NY Times)

3. How rare is a blue lobster? One in 2 million. (Learn more at Associated Press)

Blue lobster

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4. With the national unemployment rate at 6.2 percent in July, 20 U.S. cities are under 4 percent. (Learn more at Vox)

5. You can buy a house in a picturesque Sicilian hilltop village for $1.30. (Learn more at Agence France-Presse)

Gangi, Sicily

6. A restaurant in Fort Myers, Fla., refuses to serve ketchup to patrons over age 10. (Learn more at Yahoo! Food)

7. After 80 years, Oakland, Calif., no longer bans pinball machines. (Learn more at Wired)

Pinball machine

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8. Methane is seeping into the Atlantic Ocean from hundred of leaks on the ocean floor along the East Coast. (Learn more at Nature)

9. How to make the world’s most expensive coffee ($70 a serving): Feed coffee beans to elephants, pick the beans out of the dung, wash, rinse, grind and brew. (Learn more at NPR)

Elephant eating coffee beans

10. City spiders grow larger and reproduce more often than country spiders. (Learn more at PLOS ONE)

Spider

11. Nearly 1 in 3 “retirees” say they would like to return to the labor force. (Learn more at Reuters)

Bonus video: You may have seen the precocious “apparently” kid earlier in the summer. But have you heard him sing?

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Images – Cobra: iStock/aletsix; Lobster: Flickr/Richard Wood; Italy: Wikimedia user Azotoliquido; Pinball: Flickr/Jenni Conrad; Elephant: Black Ivory Coffee promotional video screenshot; Spider: iStock/papkin

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2 comments
2Papa
2Papa 5pts

One in three retirees wants to return to the labor force?  They either desperately need money or have forgotten the corporate baloney they will have to put up with.  It just isn't worth the aggravation.

sweetbetsy49
sweetbetsy49 5pts

@2Papa I couldn't stand being retired and so went back to teaching after a year off from over 30 years of teaching. I missed the kids and the school atmosphere and knowing I was making people's lives better. I won't re-retire unless I physically can't work anymore.