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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On August 27, 2014 @ 4:39 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week,Bulletin Today | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

Cobra [1]

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

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

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

Blue lobster [3]

>> 12 Foods Sabotaging Your Sleeep [4]

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])

5. You can buy a house in a picturesque Sicilian hilltop village for $1.30. (Learn more at Agence France-Presse [6])

Gangi, Sicily [6]

6. A restaurant in Fort Myers, Fla., refuses to serve ketchup to patrons over age 10. (Learn more at Yahoo! Food [7])

7. After 80 years, Oakland, Calif., no longer bans pinball machines. (Learn more at Wired [8])

Pinball machine [8]

>> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [9]

8. Methane is seeping into the Atlantic Ocean from hundred of leaks on the ocean floor along the East Coast. (Learn more at Nature [10])

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 [11])

Elephant eating coffee beans [11]

10. City spiders grow larger and reproduce more often than country spiders. (Learn more at PLOS ONE [12])

Spider [12]

11. Nearly 1 in 3 “retirees” say they would like to return to the labor force. (Learn more at Reuters [13])

Bonus video: You may have seen the precocious “apparently” kid [14] earlier in the summer. But have you heard him sing?

YouTube Preview Image [15]


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Images – Cobra: iStock/aletsix [18]; Lobster: Flickr/Richard Wood [19]; Italy: Wikimedia user Azotoliquido [20]; Pinball: Flickr/Jenni Conrad [21]; Elephant: Black Ivory Coffee [22]promotional video screenshot; Spider: iStock/papkin [23]

Music - AlexBeroza: Spinnin’ [24]; Songify This

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[1] Image: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/chef-cooking-snake-dies-after-4088634

[2] NY Times: http://nyti.ms/1lYYtmG

[3] Associated Press: http://news.yahoo.com/maine-lobsterman-catches-rare-blue-lobster-185313551.html

[4] >> 12 Foods Sabotaging Your Sleeep: http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2014/foods-that-disrupt-sleep-photo.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[5] Vox: http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/8/27/6074213/lowest-unemployment-rate-cities

[6] Agence France-Presse: http://news.yahoo.com/sicilian-hilltop-houses-sale-one-euro-great-view-045626171.html

[7] Yahoo! Food: https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-right-to-refuse-ketchup-95304591906.html

[8] Wired: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/oakland-pinball-tournament/

[9] >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/travel/index/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-TRV-DISC

[10] Nature: http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2232.html

[11] NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/20/340154271/no-1-most-expensive-coffee-comes-from-elephants-no-2

[12] PLOS ONE: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0105480

[13] Reuters: http://news.yahoo.com/many-left-u-labor-force-return-050511935.html

[14] the precocious “apparently” kid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz5TGN7eUcM

[15] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eevUjhIlfM

[16] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[17] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[18] iStock/aletsix: http://www.istockphoto.com/profile/aletsix

[19] Flickr/Richard Wood: https://www.flickr.com/photos/woodi68/

[20] Azotoliquido: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Azotoliquido

[21] Flickr/Jenni Conrad: https://www.flickr.com/photos/queen_of_subtle/

[22] Black Ivory Coffee : http://www.blackivorycoffee.com/

[23] iStock/papkin: http://www.istockphoto.com/profile/papkin

[24] AlexBeroza: Spinnin’: http://ccmixter.org/files/AlexBeroza/32423

[25] Most Stolen Vehicles and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/20/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-56/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[26] 3 Classic Cruise Ship Rip-Offs to Avoid: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-01-2012/cruise-ship-scam-alert.ipad.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[27] Fight fraud and ID theft with the AARP Fraud Watch Network.: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/?intcmp=AE-BL-ENDART-ADV-FWN

[28] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?keycode=U9ZTPH9&intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

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