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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On October 2, 2013 @ 4:20 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun …

gorilla [1]

1. Put on a new heart-healthy diet, gorillas Mokolo and Bebac each dropped 65 pounds. (Learn more at Case Western Reserve University [1])

2. Every dollar of Social Security benefits doubles in the economy. (Learn more at AARP [2])

social security's multiplier effect [3]

3. Earth will be too hot to sustain life as we know it in 1.7 billion years. (Learn more at Discovery [4])

Hot Earth [4]

4. Just now entering the job market? Women and men won’t earn equal pay until you’re ready to retire. (Learn more at AARP [5])

5. Three of the 10 fittest cities for boomers are in California; only four are east of the Rockies. (Learn more at Huffington Post [6])

Couple preparing for bike ride [6]

6. As for countries, Sweden is the best place in the world to grow old; the United States ranks 8th. (Learn more at AARP [7])

7. Virgin Galactic finds space flight safe for people in their 50s, 60s and 70s, including some with manageable medical conditions. (Learn more at Discovery [8])

Virgin atlantic plane [8]

8. Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline collaborated on their first movie. (Learn more at AARP [9])

9. A new service called Nomorobo can block most annoying telemarketing calls. (Learn more at Yahoo [10])

10. At 102, Erman Johnston became the oldest Oregonian to ride a hot air balloon. He can go for the world record in seven years. (Learn more at AARP [11]) (Thanks to Haven Kaplan-Miner for the tip.)

Erman Johnston in hot air balloon [12]

11. Now there’s proof: Some people prefer the Affordable Care Act over Obamacare – even though they’re the same thing.

Learn something this week? Write to us 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 – Gorilla: Case Western Reserve University/YouTube; Social Security Graphic/AARP; Burning earth: Barbara Doduk/Flickr; Bicycling couple: Bill Branson/Wikimedia; Virgin Spaceship: Jeff Foust/Wikimedia; Balloonist Erman Johnston: Don David;

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra - Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [15] project.


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[1] Image: http://blog.case.edu/think/2011/02/17/apes_shed_pounds_while_doubling_calories_cwru_researcher_finds

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/10/01/social-securitys-one-two-punch/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/10/01/social-securitys-one-two-punch/

[4] Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/smartest-aliens-may-live-around-red-dwarf-stars-131001.htm

[5] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/09/30/equal-pay-for-women-sure-after-you-retire/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[6] Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/10-fittest-cities-baby-boomers_n_4014185.html

[7] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/10/01/smile-oct-1-is-our-day-the-world-over/

[8] Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/space/private-spaceflight/are-you-fit-to-fly-into-space-130928.htm

[9] AARP: http://blog.aarp.orgttp://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-10-2013/last-vegas-aarp-magazine-video.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[10] Yahoo: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/block-pesky-illegal-robocallers-220537765.html

[11] AARP: http://states.aarp.org/102-year-old-albany-man-sets-balloon-flight-record-sc-or-wp-events/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[12] Image: http://states.aarp.org/102-year-old-albany-man-sets-balloon-flight-record-sc-or-wp-events/

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

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

[15] Smithsonian Remix: http://smithsonianassociates.org/smithsonianat8/event/remix.aspx

[16] The Great Raw Chicken Debate: To Wash or Not?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/09/03/the-great-chicken-debate-to-rinse-or-not/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[17] Food Labels: Don’t Believe the ‘Use By’ Date: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/09/19/food-labels-dont-believe-the-use-by-date/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[18] Questions about the Affordable Care Act? Get your answers here.: http://healthlawanswers.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-ADV

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

[20] AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP

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