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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun

Early fish having sex

1. Two armored fish had the first sex 385 million years ago. (Learn more at Discovery)

2. Zombie-proof cabins come with a 10-year guarantee. (Learn more at C|Net)


3. Even people from Pittsburgh agree their accent may be the "worst" in the nation. (Learn more at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


4. Soda might age you as much as smoking. (Learn more at Time)

5. A 3-D printer prints anatomically correct dog noses. (Learn more at Nextgov)

3-D printed dog nose

6. A variation in genes lowers the breast cancer risk for Latina and Native American women. (Learn more at SFGate)



7. Thailand forces government workers, teachers and many others to retire at age 60. (Learn more at AARP)

Thai policeman


8. Grandchildren can ease hot flashes and night sweats. (Learn more at AARP)

African American woman hugs grandson

9. Roaming polar bears disrupted Halloween trick-or-treat plans in one Canadian community. (Learn more at Mashable)

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10 . Using plastic molds, you can grow pumpkins with faces. (Learn more at Huffington Post)

Cinagro Farms Pumpkin Pumpkinstein

11. Some people bathe in a red wine bath to ease aches and pains. (Learn more at Today)


Bonus video: John Oliver and his team at Last Week Tonight had an idea: because the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't allow television cameras, perhaps dogs could reenact the arguments. Hat tip - Mashable

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Images — Fish: Museum Victoria, Australia; Zombie cabin: Courtesy of; Steelers fans: Flickr/Jocelyn Saurini; Printed dog nose courtesy of National Institute of Standards and Technology; Two women: iStock/jbryson; Thai cop: Flickr/Lars Elmo; Woman and grandchild: iStock/fstop123; Pumpkin: Cinagro Farms/Facebook; Man in wine bath: Amar'e Stoudemire Instagram.

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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