News and Notes – 10/30/2007

Identical strangers. “Imagine a slightly different version of you walks across the room, looks you in the eye and says ‘hello’ in your voice.” Identical twins Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein discovered each other after being separated for 35 years. They had been deliberately separated at birth as part of an ongoing study on nurture versus nature. The sisters now live in Brooklyn and have written a book about their experience.

Cheap gas. Here’s the best price on gas you will find — 7 cents a gallon! That’s right. You can fill your 20-gallon tank for less than $1.50. Here’s the hitch – you will have to drive to Venezuela to get it.

Age of the clam. A clam found off the shore of Iceland is believed to be the longest-lived animal discovered. Scientists estimate the ocean quahog clam was aged between 405-410 years. “The clam, nicknamed Ming after the Chinese dynasty in power when it was born, was in its infancy when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne and Shakespeare was writing plays such as Othello and Hamlet.”

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