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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun ...



1. The world's first glow-in-the-dark ice cream uses jellyfish proteins. (Learn more at Lick Me I'm Delicious)

2. A beagle named Elvis can smell when polar bears are pregnant at the Cincinnati zoo. (Learn more at  Cincinnati Zoo)

Elvis at Work500

3. Customs agents in Los Angeles recovered a 1953 Triumph motorcycle that was stolen from a Nebraska man's backyard nearly 46 years ago. (Learn more at Orange County Register)


4. Twenty Pound Carp, a fish with its own Twitter handle, was an unsuccessful write-in candidate for the Ann Arbor City Council. (Learn more at (Hilarie Grey, AARP Nevada tipped us off via

I voted for @TwentyPoundCarp - Peter Nelson (@NelsonPJ) November 5, 2013


5. A third of herbal supplements sampled in a test contained only contaminants or fillers, not even a trace of the listed ingredient. (Learn more at AARP)

Ginkgo biloba leaf

6. You can add years to your life by gardening, mowing the lawn and doing housework. (Learn more at AARP)

7. More than $1 billion of artwork looted by the Nazis, including paintings by Matisse and Picasso, was found in a Munich apartment.  (Learn more at CNN)

Generals Bradley, Patton and Eisenhower inspect art stolen by the Nazis

8. Scientific proof: Smoking can make you look lots older than you are. (Learn more at AARP)

Can you identify the smoker?

9. As many as 40 billion earth-size planets in our galaxy may be hospitable to life. (Learn more at N.Y. Times)

10. There's a global wine shortage. (Learn more at CNN)

11. The 12 engineers who created the first IBM PC were nicknamed " The Dirty Dozen." (Learn more at  AARP)


Bonus video: "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy"

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Images - Ice Cream: Charlie Francis, Lickmeimdelicious; Elvis the Beagle: Cincinnati Zoo; Triumph Motorcycle: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol; Ginkgo Biloba: Wikimedia Commons; Twins: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal; IBM PC: Ruben de Rijcke via Wikipedia

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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