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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

 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 more at  New York Times)

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The Pacers joined the NBA in 1976. The Spirits of St. Louis did not.

6. Coffee boosts your memory for 24 hours. (Learn more at

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7. Most  members of Congress are now millionaires. (Learn more at

8.  Flossing may protect you from Alzheimer's. (Learn more at  AARP)

9. A safari guide paid $350,000 for the chance to hunt and kill an endangered black rhinoceros. (Learn more at


10. After 43 years, we know who stole files from an FBI office in Pennsylvania. (Learn more at  AARP)

11. The creator of Beanie Babies hid millions of dollars in a Swiss bank. (Learn more at San Francisco Chronicle)

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Images - Chicks and books: EBlokhina/istockphotoThe Waldorf-Astoria by Hennem08 via Wikimedia; Basketball: JeromeG111/Flickr;  Coffee design: Stephen Rees/Flickr; Black Rhino: Thomas Kitchin & Victoria Hurst/Getty Images; Beanie Babies: Lyle58/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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