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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun

King Cobra, Poisonous Snake

1. A cobra can bite and kill someone even 20 minutes after its head is severed. (Learn more at Daily Mirror)

2. Celebrity deaths do not generally come in threes. (Learn more at NY Times)

3. How rare is a blue lobster? One in 2 million. (Learn more at Associated Press)


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4. With the national unemployment rate at 6.2 percent in July, 20 U.S. cities are under 4 percent. (Learn more at Vox)

5. You can buy a house in a picturesque Sicilian hilltop village for $1.30. (Learn more at Agence France-Presse)


6. A restaurant in Fort Myers, Fla., refuses to serve ketchup to patrons over age 10. (Learn more at Yahoo! Food)

7. After 80 years, Oakland, Calif., no longer bans pinball machines. (Learn more at Wired)

Pinball machine

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8. Methane is seeping into the Atlantic Ocean from hundred of leaks on the ocean floor along the East Coast. (Learn more at Nature)

9. How to make the world's most expensive coffee ($70 a serving): Feed coffee beans to elephants, pick the beans out of the dung, wash, rinse, grind and brew. (Learn more at NPR)

Elephant Eating Coffee

10. City spiders grow larger and reproduce more often than country spiders. (Learn more at PLOS ONE)


11. Nearly 1 in 3 "retirees" say they would like to return to the labor force. (Learn more at Reuters)

Bonus video: You may have seen the precocious "apparently" kid earlier in the summer. But have you heard him sing?


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Images - Cobra: iStock/aletsix; Lobster: Flickr/Richard Wood; Italy: Wikimedia user Azotoliquido; Pinball: Flickr/Jenni Conrad; Elephant: Black Ivory Coffee promotional video screenshot; Spider: iStock/papkin

Music - AlexBeroza: Spinnin'; Songify This

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