11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun ...

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1. Scientists have built the world's first bionic man. (Learn more at Today.com)

2. The U.S. Postal Service won't issue stamps it's already printed to promote the government's "Let's Move" campaign because some depict kids doing things that may not be safe. (Learn more at  New York Times)


3. An Oxford University researcher who led a study of kissing is "still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves. " (Learn more at Science Daily)


4. Police in Weymouth, Mass., say they arrested three suspected bank robbers who had searched the Internet for such phrases as " What happens if you rob a bank?" (Learn more at Boston.com)

5. Most healthy adults don't need vitamin D supplements. (Learn more at AARP)

6. President William Howard Taft, who weighed 314 pounds, went on a diet that began each day with a " tumbler of hot water with lemon, sipped slowly." (Learn more at CNN)


7. The menu of available flu shots this year includes three-way, four-way, extra-strength, tiny-needle and egg-free. (Learn more at AARP)

8. A person who calls to renew your "Do Not Call" status may actually be trying to steal your Social Security number. (Learn more at AARP)

9. If you meet certain conditions, NASA will pay you $18,000 to stay in bed for 70 days. (Learn more at Forbes)

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10. Google is starting a new biotech company to take on " the challenge of aging and associated diseases." (Learn more at Fortune)

11. A North Dakota farmer harvesting wheat discovered oil gushing from a pipeline "like a faucet" - one of the biggest oil spills in recent U.S. history. (Learn more at Reuters)

Our bonus video this week is not for the squeamish. This dish appears to feature a live squid, but we assure you, it doesn't. Here's the science behind the incredible images:

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Images: Bionic man: Channel 4 via YouTube; Kissing couple: shorty76/Flickr; William Howard Taft official White House portrait via Wikimedia; Resting man: Rachel/Flickr

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

Also of Interest

ACA = Affordable Care Act = Obamacare






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