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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and fun …   1. Dolphins are 10 times stronger than the fittest humans. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. A spandex suit that combats slipped disks in astronauts might also help people on Earth with lower-back problems. (Learn more at Mashable) (hat tip to Mike Kulick) 3. One percent of the world’s population controls half the wealth. (Learn more at NPR) 4. The Peace Corp’s oldest volunteer, 80, is winding up her assignment in South Africa. (Learn more at AARP) …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 01/15/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin Today News, discoveries and fun … 1. A novelist/farmer gives “chick lit” a whole new meaning. (Learn more at CBS) (hat tip to Hilarie Grey) 2. It’s possible to score a night at the Waldorf-Astoria for $15.75. (Learn more at AARP) 3. New surgical superglue can patch a hole in a beating heart. (Learn more at NPR) 4. Some people who get migraines spell relief p-l-a-c-e-b-o. (Learn more at AARP) 5. The NBA will end merger payments to the owners of a defunct ABA team – at $800 million. (Learn …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin Today News, discoveries and fun … 1. It got so cold in Kentucky that an escaped prisoner turned himself back in. (Learn more at Associated Press) Tweets about “#polarvortex” 2. Eating certain foods can reduce your risk of developing cataracts. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Siri, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant, isn’t so keen about her purring counterpart in the new movie Her, but suggests seeing the movie anyway. (Learn more at Wired)   4. A newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., discovered an undeveloped roll of …

Investing in Bitcoins and Other 2014 Predictions

Posted on 12/30/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1 … That science fiction author and futurist Isaac Asimov got it right 50 years ago when he wrote: “Communication will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone.” (Learn more at Buzzfeed) 2 … That about half of us think 2014 will be a better year overall than 2013. (Learn more at USA Today) 3 … That some things will be more expensive in 2014, including beef, bread, …

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

Posted on 12/23/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, 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) 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) 5. Doing 1,200 sit-ups a day helps keep golfing great Gary Player, …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 12/18/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. The top variety of banana imports could be an endangered species. (Learn more at Nature) 2. Real-life broadcaster Mort Crim inspired Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy in the Anchorman movies. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The Southeast and Northwest are the among the most envious places in the country. (Learn more at memolition.com)   4. For years, an EPA employee kicking back on Cape Cod fooled higher ups that he was doing “intelligence work for the CIA in …