11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun

Penguin feeding chick

1. Penguins, which swallow their food whole, don’t have much sense of taste. (Learn more at Discovery)

2. Bronzed baby shoes are making a comeback. (Learn more at CBS Sacramento)

Bronzed baby shoes

 

3. Snail teeth are made of the strongest natural substance yet discovered, which could be copied to make race cars, boat hulls and airplanes. (Learn more at Quartz)

Snail's teeth

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4. In July, Random House will bring out a never-published book by Theodore Geisel — Dr. Seuss — titled What Pet Should I Get. (Learn more at USA Today)

'What Pet Should I Get?' by Dr. Seuss

5. Oscar night “goodie bags” have reached a new record — free products valued at $125,000 — a 56 percent jump over last year. (Learn more at The Independent)

6. If selfies aren’t good enough for you, a German company will make a four-inch 3D figurine that matches your face and body exactly. (Learn more at Wired)

Small statue selfies

7. Ancient Egyptian workmen building a king’s tomb received sick pay and state supported health care. (Learn more at The Conversation at Mashable)

8. Hot flashes connected with menopause can last up to 14 years. (Learn more at AARP)

Businesswoman having hot flashes

9. A commercial project to send a crew on a one-way trip to Mars has chosen 100 finalists, 10 of whom are 50 or older. (Learn more at Daily Dot)

NASA image of Mars

10. There’s no scientific evidence that eating high-cholesterol foods like eggs and shrimp causes dangerous cholesterol buildup in the arteries of most people. (Learn more at AARP)

Shrimp omelet

11. In Japan, an underground parking garage for bicycles can store, and then retrieve your bike in seconds for about $15 per month. (Learn more at Mashable)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLJ1bkMz5Aw

 

Bonus video: Everything you wanted to know about Willie Nelson’s guitar, in this exclusive video for Rolling Stone.

 

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Images – Penguin and chick: Keith Szafranski/iStock; Old bronzed baby shoes: Joe Belanger/ iStock; Snail teeth: Wikimedia; Dr. Seuss: PR Newswire; Figurines: DOOB-3D, USA; Hot Flashes: BakiBG/iStock; Mars: NASA; Shrimp omelet: Reese Derrenberger/Flickr

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix project

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