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Dinner Party Download: Mammoth blood, Pac-Man and more

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A woolly mammoth skeleton with 90 percent of its original bones is displayed at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino September 30, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

Cloning Could Benefit From a Mammoth Scientific Discovery
Scientists have found blood and muscle tissue perfectly preserved in the ice from a Siberian mammoth. The blood had dripped out of the giant animal into a natural ice capsule, and it had been preserved because it's in Siberia, where's it freezing… They think that the mammoth blood contains a type of natural antifreeze.

Pac-Man… or Pick-Up?
The guy who designed Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani, wanted to appeal to ladies because there was all these shooting games in arcades at that time. He wanted to bring ladies into the arcade, and for some reason thought that women especially liked food and he saw a pizza with a slice missing, and that where's the Pac-Man came from.  

California Leads the Pack in Closing the Wage Gap
This site, NerdWallet, calculated the best places for working women in the United States. Number one: Los Angeles, where women make almost 91 percent of what men earn. They broke down the study in categories of large cities, medium cities, and small cities, and California has the most cities in each category. And there was one city where women earned more than men, and that is the town of Madera-Chowchilla, which is in (California's) Central Valley. 

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