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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On August 28, 2013 @ 4:24 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun …

Baby panda [1]

1. At the Washington National Zoo, a newborn panda cub that will weigh more than 200 pounds as an adult tipped the scales at 4.8 ounces. (Learn more at USA Today [1])

2. The legendary Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note” anymore. (Learn more at AARP [2])

Linda Ronstadt [2]

3. A baldness drug could stop 175 jumbo jets full of men each year from getting prostate cancer. (Learn more at AARP [3])

4. With their brains “linked” via the Internet, a scientist controlled the movements of a colleague blocks away. (Learn more at Discovery [4])

brains-linked-university-of-washington [4]

5. The Oxford Dictionaries Online gave new meaning to Anthony Weiner’s selfies and Miley Cyrus’ twerking.  (Learn more at Quartz [5])

6. New atomic clocks made from ytterbium measure their accuracy in terms of quintillions – that’s 1 followed by 18 zeros. (Learn more at L.A. Times [6])

7. When it comes to technology, the U.S. Supreme Court “hasn’t really gotten to email.” (Learn more at AARP [7])

8. A New Hampshire man was arrested when police recognized his reflection in YouTube videos he posted describing his indoor marijuana farm. (Learn more at WMUR [8])

Growing marijuana YouTube video [8]

 9. In private, President Richard M. Nixon used an ageist epithet to describe Senate Watergate Committee chairman Sam Ervin. (Learn more at AARP [9])

10. The Federal Government Grants Department and the Federal Grant Association don’t give out grants. (Learn more at AARP [10])

Federal Government Grants Dept. Logo [10]

11. When Broadway singer Kristin Chenoweth randomly picked someone from her audience for a duet, a star was born. (Learn more at broadwayworld.com [11]. Video below)

YouTube Preview Image [12]

Learn something this week? Let us know, at 11things@aarp.org [13], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag #11things [14].

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Images – Panda: Courtney Janney/National Zoo; Brain experiment diagram courtesy University of Washington; Marijuana grower: YouTube/WMUR

Music – Deep Sky Blue, by Graphiqs Groove

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[1] Image: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/25/panda-cub-twin-stillborn/2696459/

[2] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-08-2013/linda-ronstadt-discusses-parkinsons-memoir-simple-dreams.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/26/a-baldness-drug-to-prevent-prostate-cancer/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/tech/biotechnology/first-human-brain-to-brain-mind-meld-achieved-130828.htm

[5] Quartz: http://qz.com/119200/oxford-dictionary-adds-twerk-derp-selfie-phablet-and-more-voguish-vocabulary/

[6] L.A. Times: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-atomic-clock-stability-nist-20130822,0,6785801.story

[7] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/23/our-low-tech-high-court/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[8] WMUR: http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/man-who-posted-marijuanagrowing-videos-on-youtube-sentenced/-/9857858/21667408/-/a209ucz/-/index.html

[9] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/23/richard-nixons-last-epithet/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[10] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/22/federal-grant-for-you-its-uncle-sham-calling/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[11] broadwayworld.com: http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/In-Her-Own-Words-Sarah-Horn-Shares-Inspirational-Story-of-Singing-with-Kristin-Chenoweth-at-the-Hollywood-Bowl-and-Going-Viral-20130825

[12] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpXm_sXcc_Y

[13] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[14] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[15] Eric Bana says, ‘Don’t Cheat Your Audience’ in Excluse AARP Interview: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/27/eric-bana-dont-cheat-your-audience/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[16] More Doctors Accepting New Medicare Patients: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/27/more-doctors-accepting-new-medicare-patients/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[17] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

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