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That’s how much snow Worcester, Massachusetts, got as measured in units of the 6-foot, 6-inch New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The record-setting snowfall — which is expressed as “34.5 inches” west of the Connecticut state line — was one of the heaviest from a storm that otherwise disappointed some East Coast residents this week. [MassLive]
Anthropologists finally have a handle on each of the 61 tattoos found on the preserved remains of Ötzi the Iceman, who lived around 3,300 BCE. Scientists were at first unable to to see all the tattoos, but now think they’ve mapped them all. Presumably one is a really tasteful tribal band, or perhaps something encouraging like “No Ragrets.” [io9]
As California continues to battle an outbreak of measles, 66 students of Palm Desert High School, not far from Palm Springs, were told they can’t come to class until Feb. 9 unless they can prove they’ve been immunized against the disease. [Los Angeles Times]
Nissan is recalling 786,000 vehicles — 640,000 of which are in the U.S. — due to problems with electrical shorts in some models and the hood-release cable in others. Those seem like important things, so you should definitely get your Nissan checked. [The Detroit News]
Shareholders of Reynolds American, the company behind Camel cigarettes, approved a deal to take over Lorillard Inc., which sells Newport cigarettes, for $25 billion. Should the deal go through, the subsequent corporation would be the second-largest tobacco company behind Altria Group Inc., which owns Philip Morris. [Associated Press]
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CLARIFICATION: In the item above about measuring snowfall in Gronkowskis, by Connecticut state line we mean the western border of Connecticut, i.e. the generally agreed up delineation of New England and Patriots’ territory.