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Oh, what a year!

Every year brings unexpected events. Here are a few remarkable stories you may have missed in 2018:

Abuzz in NYC
“...a menacing horde of honeybees descended on a hot dog vendor’s umbrella, bringing Times Square to a standstill and drawing swarms of gawking tourists. After a brief flurry of excitement, the buzzing interlopers were apprehended by a police officer armed with a vacuum cleaner-like device that sucked them up. The bees were then whisked away to safety.”
--Reuters, December 17, 2018

Mostly indivisible
“There's a new behemoth in the ongoing search for ever-larger prime numbers - and it's nearly 25 million digits long. A prime is a number that can be divided only by two whole numbers: itself and 1... We would write the number out for you, but it would fill up thousands of pages, give or take...”
--NPR, December 21, 2018

Hoop dreams
“Basketball is apparently being embraced by North Korea as a fundamental part of its ideology...‘Promoting basketball is not only a sports-related matter, but an important project that upholds the objectives of the [Workers] Party,’ the North Korean paper reportedly stated. ‘We must rush to elevate the sport to global levels.’”
--NPR, December 21, 2018

None for you
“A California court ruled...in a case involving a Celebes crested macaque who took a selfie using a nature photographer’s camera...the court rejected a lawsuit filed on the monkey’s behalf by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which argued the primate was the legal owner of all photos he took. In a decision that likely left the plaintiffs crestfallen, the court ruled that monkeys cannot sue for copyright protection.”
--Reuters, December 17, 2018

We hope 2019 brings you good health, good humor, and great happiness.