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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun


1. The 14th Dalai Lama thinks he should be the last. (Learn more at Agence France-Presse)

2. The Golden Gate Bridge isn't just for humans. (Learn more at San Francisco Chronicle)

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3. Thought to be a casualty of climate change, the Aldabra banded snail has reappeared in the Indian Ocean.  (Learn more at Seychelles News Agency)

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4. Soviet cosmonauts took four packs of cigarettes, a cigarette case, and a lighter into space in 1992 as a potential offering to aliens. (Learn more at Auctionata)

Soviet Space Cigarettes at Auction

5. It takes only a few hours for a virus to spread from a doorknob through an entire office. (Learn more at Medical News Today)

Germ on Door Knob, Spreading Virus

6. Body fat and age have a greater effect on blood pressure than salt. (Learn more at American Journal of Hypertension)

7. Seventeen burial mounds and other ceremonial sites once surrounded Stonehenge.  (Learn more at BBC)



8. Hackers can steal your identity in 15 seconds or less. (Learn more at AARP)

9. Becoming a grandfather can sink a former U.S. president to the lowest person in the family pecking order. (Learn more at AARP)

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10. Stimulating a specific gene in a fruit fly's intestine adds 30 percent to its life expectancy. (Learn more at Wired UK)

11. The new Batmobile looks a little like a Hummer with gull wing doors. (Learn more at The Verge)


Bonus Video: What happened at this ballgame in Boston will make you smile:


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Images — Dalai Lama: YouTube via Senator Harry Reid; Snail: Linked from Seychelles News Agency; Space cigarettes: Courtesy of Auctionata; Germ on doorknob: iStock/blamb; Stonehenge: Flickr/Howard Ignatius; Clinton and Bush: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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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