Things We Learned This Week

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 02:51 PM

A giant Burmese python being held by Dan Ashe (USFWS Director), Ken Salazar (Secretary of the Department of the Interior), Senator Bill Nelson, and others, in Florida, January 2012. (National Park Service)

Fun facts and other oddities we learned this week at the Lopate Show.

There’s a new table saw technology that can prevent fingers from being cut off and other injuries. Check out this video, too.

The struggle for democracy is still going on in Egypt, as seen when thousands gathered again in Tahrir Square this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the uprising that brought down Mubarak.

Burmese pythons can grow to be 20-feet long and weigh 200 pounds, and they are on the loose in Florida, eating endangered species, alligators, and even deer!

Stephen Fry's first addiction was to sugar puffs! And although they didn’t have time to talk about his sexual escapades, Leonard accidentally agreed to meet up with Stephen Fry later for sex.

Petula Clark used to travel around Wales signing to soldiers with Julie Andrews. She also caused a stir by touching Harry Belafonte on stage in the 1960s, and he remarked on that as well.

It’s anticipated that the rural population will grow very slowly if at all, but the urban population around the world is expected to double between 2000 and 2050.

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