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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun

Ants Swarming Pear
Cliff Blank

1. Ants can eat the equivalent of 60,000 hot dogs a year. (Learn more at Washington Post)

2. You can buy Girl Scout cookies online. (Learn more at Huffington Post)

Girl Scout Cookie Cluster

3.  Diabetes can age your memory five years. (Learn more at AARP)

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4. Prince Harry has stage fright. (Learn more at Mashable)

Prince Harry Tours Bahamas To Mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee
Chris Jackson

5. A senior living in an RV might pack your Amazon gift shipment. (Learn more at  Mashable)

Amazon RV Work Crew - CamperForce

6. German bosses are forbidden from interrupting an employee's vacation with work calls. (Learn more at NPR)

7. Not getting enough sleep can kill you. (Learn more at University of Arizona via Futurity)

Man having insomnia


8. Patients who died from hospital errors fell by 17 percent in three years. (Learn more at LA Times)

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9. You shouldn't buy holiday gifts from " Tifany's" or "" (Learn more at AARP)



10. The mineral bridgmanite makes up more than a third of planet Earth. (Learn more at Popular Mechanics)


11. A falling smart phone can reorient itself to minimize damage. (Learn more at ABC News)




Bonus video: Here's a new method of cooking shrimp tempura. Believe it or not. And Japanese speakers, please let me know what the words on screen are saying.

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Images — Ants on pear: iStock/BlankArtist; Girl Scout Cookies: courtesy of Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital; Prince Harry: Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images/via iStock/edstock2; Amazon CamperForce - screenshot; Insomnia: Flickr/Arne Coomans; Tiffany Watch: Tiffany screenshot/AARP; Bridgmanite: Chi Ma/Caltech; iPhone dropping: iStock/Robin Olimb;

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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