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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

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News, discoveries and fun …


1. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking: Scientists can rebuild a mouse’s heart with human cells. (Learn more at

2. Quick: Who’s that below? A simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help diagnose early dementia. (Learn more at AARP)


3. Drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help keep your brain healthy. (Learn more at AARP)


4. Twitter can predict elections. (Learn more at National Journal)


5. People 50 and older pay more attention to nutritional information on food packages than people under 50. (Learn more at AARP)


6. Missy, a 36-year-old resident of England’s Birdland Park and Gardens, is the world’s oldest penguin. (Learn more at Daily Mail Online)


7. Convicted mobster Whitey Bulger is expected to take up residency in the Alcatraz of the Rockies. (Learn more at AARP)


8. Being a U.S. senator doesn’t exempt you from jury duty. (Learn more at USA Today)

9. A man whose real name is Ulysses Corwin Nevermissashot was arrested for robbing a bank in Quilcene, Wash. (Learn more at

10. Workers ages 65 to 90 are more focused, reliable and productive than workers ages 20 to 31. (Learn more at AARP)

11. You can teach an old dog new tricks. See Spot — er, Dash — skateboard. (Learn more at

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Oprah Winfrey: Vic via Flickr
Nutrition facts: Enokson via Flickr
Missy: Birdland Park and Gardens