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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …

Raw poultry salmonella alert

1. Rinsing raw chicken doesn’t get rid of bacteria; it just spreads the germs. (Learn more at AARP)

2. Santa Claus doesn’t get jury duty. (Learn more at Yahoo)

3. In Britain, it takes just 58 minutes, on average, for a newborn’s picture to appear on social media. (Learn more at The Telegraph)

Newborns on social media within hours of birth

4. Plain toast for breakfast can make you fat. (Learn more at AARP)

Golden toast

5. A 93-year-old Brit broke his own world record as the world’s oldestwing walker.” (Learn more at Metro)

6. Only 22 percent of Americans think labor unions have brighter days ahead. (Learn more at AARP)

7. Lava lamps are 50 years old. (Learn more at Huffington Post)

Lava lamp rocket

8. Each night, nearly 9 million Americans rely on prescription sleeping pills. (Learn more at AARP)

9. Is that dummy talking to me? Seeing the puppet’s mouth move is more convincing than hearing the ventriloquist’s voice. (Learn more at Futurity)

10. “Epaulette” sharks walk around the ocean floor on fins. (Learn more at Conservation International)

Walking Shark, Hemiscyllium halmahera

11. Murderous hunchback King Richard III had roundworm. (Learn more at The Guardian)

Bonus video: Diana Nyad, 64, will have to update the documentary about her four failed attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida. (Learn more at AARP’s Facebook page)

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

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Images – Chicken: Indiana Public Media/Flickr; Mom and baby: Roger Penguino/Flickr; Toast: revedavion.com/Flickr; Lava lamp: antigavin/Flickr; Walking shark: Mark Erdmann/©Conservation International

Music – Deep Sky Blue, by Graphiqs Groove


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