12 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org.

This week, we learned …

… the surprising story of the Muslim tamale king of the Old West.

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Tamales are a traditional Mesoamerican dish made from cornmeal and meat stuffed into corn husks or banana leaves and steamed. Photo by Andrew Evans, National Geographic


… it’s Sami v. Somaliland in a World Cup for the stateless.

Click here to watch the BBC’s coverage of the World Cub for unrecognized states.


… that Maori ’emotiki’ will soon join the emoji crowd with emoticons to express cultural concepts like the ritual haka warrior dance.


… there’s an interactive to determine if you’re Middle Class, depending on where you live.

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Click the photo above to try the interactive for yourself.


… how one Michigan school district’s data mining reduced chronic absences.


… the longest rail tunnel in the world opened beneath the Alps.

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View of the Swiss Alps, photo by Thomas J. Abercrombie


… what cities of the future may look like.


… that living in this world without eating pho is foolish, according to one Vietnamese poet and satirist.

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Pho is a type of Vietnamese noodle soup, usually with meat, basil, cilantro, ginger, and bean sprouts. Photo by Joshua Rappeneker, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


… this engrossing visual search tool for satellite imagery has applications for teachers, journalists, and curious people of all kinds.

Click the photo above to try out Terrapattern.


… King Tut’s dagger was made from a meteorite.

Tutankhamun’s funeral mask, photo by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic


… the hidden cost of the college dream is low graduation rates.

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Graduates in Moore Haven, Florida. Photo by Otis Imboden, National Georaphic


… that nudibranchs actually kinda look like David Bowie.

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org.

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