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Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* Felled and properly laid trees can stop tanks. (Courtesy: War is Boring)

* Fake wine is a significant issue in the wine world. (Courtesy: Kate Krader/Bloomberg)

* Flying’s nine freedoms. (Courtesy: Paul McClean and Alex Barker/FT)

* Contrary to an earlier Things I Learned this Week post, Brazil does not ban coffee imports. (Courtesy: Joseph Leahy and Emiko Terazono/FT)

Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* The hottest new dining spot in Pyongyang is Italy Pizza! (Courtesy: Laya Maheshwari/NYT)

* Americans ate seven pounds of avocados in 2015, double what we ate in 2008. Michoacán is the only Mexican state that can export avocados to the US. (Courtesy: Victoria Burnett/NYT)

* Humphrey Bogart was a serious chess player. (Courtesy: Mike Doyle/Chess.com)

* Oysters first appeared at a restaurant in 1763. (Courtesy: Sam Roberts/NYT)

Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that if a headline ends with a question mark, the answer is no. (Courtesy: Matt Levine/Money Stuff)

* The absolute deliciousness of wild-caught Alaskan salmon overnighted to your doorstep. (Courtesy: DK)

* A thousandth-of-a-second in men’s world-class swimming is equal to about two centimeters of distance traveled. The swimming governing body (FINA) allows three centimeters of variation among pool lanes. It seems picking a shorter lane could yield significant results, although FINA uses hundredth-of-a-second times to mitigate this. (Courtesy: Tim Burke/Deadspin)