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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun

Burger King's Black Burger Fixings

1. Burger King in Japan sells a burger with all-black fixings (cheese, bun, sauce) . (Learn more at USA Today)

2. It's possible to rob a store armed with nothing more than a banana. (Learn more at Buzzfeed)

Banana as gun

3. Four out of five heart attacks can be prevented. (Learn more at AARP)

Mature African American woman with bicycle

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4. "Multidisciplinary analysis" tops a recently declassified list of the CIA's most-hated cliches. (Learn more at Washington Post)

5. The satellite India sent to Mars has a Twitter account. (Learn more at Mashable)

India - Mars satellite - Tweet

6. By 2025, Mercedes-Benz tractor-trailers barreling down the interstate will drive themselves.  (Learn more at Yahoo! Autos)

7. The Lion King stage musical is the biggest box-office hit in entertainment history. (Learn more at Associated Press)

8. An animal whose fossil resembles a halved pomegranate lived long before the dinosaurs. (Learn more at Discovery)

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9. Yellow autumn leaves are chemical cousins of egg yolks, and orange leaves of carrots.(Learn more at Compound Interest)


10. It costs $33,000 to cover a 2011 Mercedes CLS 350 with 1 million Swarovski crystals. (Learn more from Daily Mail)


11. A man and woman were buried holding hands 700 years ago in an English chapel. (Learn more at Science Daily)


Bonus video: A Pee Wee football team plans to run onto the field through its banner. What could go wrong? It's a silent movie, so supply your own soundtrack — maybe sad trombones?

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Images — Black burger: Facebook, Burger King, Japan; seanshot/iStock ; Woman on bike: kali9/iStock; Indian Space Agency photo: Twitter; Pomegranate-like animal - link to; Autumn Color graphic: Compound Interest; Crystal car: dradionova/Instagram; Skeleton couple: University of Leicester Archaeological Services

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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