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)
6. Coffee boosts your memory for 24 hours. (Learn more at Futurity.org)
7. Most members of Congress are now millionaires. (Learn more at OpenSecrets.org)
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 News.com.au)
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/istockphoto; The 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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