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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun


1. Insects are a food source for one of every three people worldwide. (Learn more at Yahoo)

2. The debts and unpaid bills of more than a third of Americans have been reported to collection agencies. (Learn more at Urban Institute)

3. Handshakes share 20 times more germs than fist bumps. (Learn more at AARP)

Dalai Lama Fist Bump

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4. A new smartphone app simulates a retro camera by making you wait an hour to see your photos and disabling selfies. (Learn more at Time)

5. Actor Billy Bob Thornton wears girls' jeans. (Learn more at AARP)

Billy Bob jeans

6. Google searches can predict future stock market crashes. (Learn more at National Academy of Sciences)

7. A tiny part of your brain is always waiting for the worst to happen. (Learn more at Daily Mail)

8. President Obama had a crush on Linda Ronstadt. (Learn more at AARP)

Linda Ronstadt and Barack Obama

9. Chinese women are wearing "facekini" masks at the beach to avoid sunburn, insects and scrutiny. (Learn more at Feature Shoot)

Woman wearing 'facekini'

10. You can buy the World's Largest Ketchup Bottle (70 feet tall) for $500,000. (Learn more at St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


11. Londoners are so lonely that they're handing out "Talk to me" badges. (Learn more at Talk to me

Talk to me London


Bonus Video:  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett team up on a new album due in September. Here's a preview: Cole Porter's "Anything Goes."

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Images - Edible grasshoppers: Meutia Chaerani/Indradi Soemardjan via Wikipedia; Dalai Lama fist bump: Flickr/Sirensongs; Billy Bob Thornton (cropped) Flickr/Charlie Llewellin; Barack Obama and Linda Ronstadt: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images; Facekini: Photo by Peng Yangjun at Feature Shoot; Ketchup bottle: Flickr/Max Stahl; Talk to me London - courtesy of website.

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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