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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun


1. The bones of a seven-story-tall dinosaur, called the largest creature ever to walk the earth, were discovered in Argentina. (Learn more at NPR)

2. The outgoing Indian prime minister had 1.24 million Twitter followers before he reset the government account, making the new PM start over. (Learn more at Quartz)

Honorable Outgoing PM Dr Manmohan Singh farewell speech to the nation Full Speech: - Yuva Desh (@yuvadesh) May 17, 2014

3. The residents of Paraguay are the happiest people in the world, followed by those in four other Latin American countries. (Learn more at NBC)

Ecuador's President in Paraguay
His country in third place, the president of Ecuador visits happy Paraguay

4. British scientists will pay $16.8 million to whoever solves humanity's biggest scientific problem ... once the public decides what that is. (Learn more at BBC)

One problem to solve is access to safe, clean water

5. Single women own more homes than single men. (Learn more at AARP)

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6. Europeans voted Bulgarian salad their favorite food. (Learn more at Big Think)

Bulgarian Salad (Shopska)

7. An airplane's toilet is not where germs live longest. (Learn more at AARP)

Worried man in airplane seat

8. A measles vaccine wiped out a woman's incurable cancer. (Learn more at Cancer Research UK)

9. Scary movies can injure your heart. (Learn more at BBC)

The Blob movie poster

10. Medical services that provide little or no health benefit cost Medicare at least $1.9 billion a year. (Learn more at AARP)

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11. The world's oldest living cat is 24. (Learn more at NBC News)

Letsy - Old Cat
Letsy, photographed in 2011, is NOT the world's oldest cat

Bonus video: At the Webby Awards in New York City, attendees ironically mourned the death of the selfie. If only.

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Images: Dinosaur bone courtesy of Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, photo José Marí­a Farfaglia; Paraguay dancers courtesy of the President of Ecuador/Flickr; Woman drinking at fountain: World Bank/Flickr; Bulgarian salad: Emi Popova/Flickr; Worried man on plane: Craftvision/iStockphoto; Blob movie poster: erjkprunczyk/Flickr; Cat: Theen Moy/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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