11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

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1. Marmosets can learn useful behaviors, like unlocking a box of food, from watching videos of other marmosets. (Learn more at NY Times)

2. Colognes newly created to honor Che Guevara and Hugo Chávez are a "serious error," according to the Cuban government. (Learn more at BBC)

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3. Swedish scientists compete to hide the most Bob Dylan lyrics in their scholarly papers. (Learn more at Rolling Stone)

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4. At 20 percent, the share of never-married American adults has more than doubled since 1960. (Learn more at AARP)

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5. People say their favorite snack food is fresh fruit, but they actually eat more chocolate. (Learn more at Nielsen)

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6. The population of wild animals has fallen by more than half since 1970, while the human population has nearly doubled. (Learn more at Discovery)

7. A robot can distinguish between inauthentic Thai food and the real thing. (Learn more at NY Times)

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8. Americans are more depressed than they've been in decades. (Learn more at San Diego State University)

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9. Singer Susan Boyle postponed her career because she was caring for her mother. (Learn more at AARP)

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10. TV ads supporting Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate run more often on The Big Bang Theory; Democrats prefer The Good Wife. (Learn more at Washington Post)

11. Caffeinated underwear doesn't help you lose weight. (Learn more at NPR)

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Bonus video: Aretha is back, singing the songs of other divas, including Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."

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Images — Marmoset watching video: Tina Gunhold; Havana street scene: Steve Mencher; Bob Dylan academic paper: AARP; Un-wedding cake: Pixabay/AARP; Girl eating apple: ktaylorg/iStock; Thai food: enviromantic/iStock; Depressed young woman: Flickr/darcyadelaide; Susan Boyle: photo by Ben Baker; Caffeinated underwear: catalog screenshot

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix project and Aretha Franklin sings Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"

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