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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On November 6, 2013 @ 5:34 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun …

 glow in the dark ice cream crop [1]

1. The world’s first glow-in-the-dark ice cream uses jellyfish proteins. (Learn more at Lick Me I’m Delicious [1])

2. A beagle named Elvis can smell when polar bears are pregnant at the Cincinnati zoo. (Learn more at Cincinnati Zoo [2])

A beagle named Elvis can detect if a polar bear is pregnant [2]

3. Customs agents in Los Angeles recovered a 1953 Triumph motorcycle that was stolen from a Nebraska man’s backyard nearly 46 years ago. (Learn more at Orange County Register [3])

Triumph bike [3]

4. Twenty Pound Carp, a fish with its own Twitter handle, was an unsuccessful write-in candidate for the Ann Arbor City Council. (Learn more at MSN.com [4]) (Hilarie Grey, AARP Nevada tipped us off via 11things@aarp.org [5])


5. A third of herbal supplements sampled in a test contained only contaminants or fillers, not even a trace of the listed ingredient. (Learn more at AARP [9])

Ginkgo biloba leaf [9]

6. You can add years to your life by gardening, mowing the lawn and doing housework. (Learn more at AARP [10])

7. More than $1 billion of artwork looted by the Nazis, including paintings by Matisse and Picasso, was found in a Munich apartment.  (Learn more at CNN [11])

Eisenhower Bradley and Patton inspect looted art [11]

Generals Bradley, Patton and Eisenhower inspect art stolen by the Nazis

8. Scientific proof: Smoking can make you look lots older than you are. (Learn more at AARP [12])

Identical twins: can you identify the smoker? [12]

Can you identify the smoker?

9. As many as 40 billion earth-size planets in our galaxy may be hospitable to life. (Learn more at N.Y. Times [13])

10. There’s a global wine shortage. (Learn more at CNN [14])

11. The 12 engineers who created the first IBM PC were nicknamed “The Dirty Dozen.” (Learn more at AARP [15])

ibmpc5150 [15]

Bonus video: “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy”

YouTube Preview Image [16]

Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [5], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag  #11things [17].

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Images – Ice Cream: Charlie Francis, Lickmeimdelicious [18]; Elvis the Beagle: Cincinnati Zoo; Triumph Motorcycle: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol; Ginkgo Biloba: Wikimedia Commons; Twins: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal; IBM PC: Ruben de Rijcke via Wikipedia [19]

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


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[1] Image: http://www.lickmeimdelicious.com/story/

[2] Cincinnati Zoo: http://cincinnatizoo.org/blog/2013/11/04/can-a-canine-detect-polar-bear-pregnancy/

[3] Orange County Register: http://www.ocregister.com/news/stolen-534636-bike-motorcycle.html

[4] MSN.com: http://now.msn.com/twenty-pound-carp-is-write-in-candidate-for-ann-arbor-michigan-city-council

[5] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[6] @TwentyPoundCarp: https://twitter.com/TwentyPoundCarp

[7] pic.twitter.com/9RkHJp3iBn: http://t.co/9RkHJp3iBn

[8] November 5, 2013: https://twitter.com/NelsonPJ/statuses/397802980537143296

[9] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/06/tests-show-herbal-supplements-are-often-fake/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[10] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/01/to-live-longer-try-gardening-housework-hobbies/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[11] CNN: http://news.discovery.com/history/art-history/mystery-surrounds-discovery-of-art-trove-stolen-by-nazis-131104.htm

[12] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/10/30/still-need-a-reason-to-quit-smoking-how-about-this/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[13] N.Y. Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/cosmic-census-finds-billions-of-planets-that-could-be-like-earth.html

[14] CNN: http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/29/news/economy/wine-shortage/index.html

[15] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/03/william-c-lowe-father-of-the-ibm-pc/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[16] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK-oQfFToVg

[17] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[18] Lickmeimdelicious: http://www.lickmeimdelicious.com/

[19] Ruben de Rijcke via Wikipedia: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Ibm_pc_5150.jpg

[20] Oldest Woman in NYC Marathon Falls, Finishes, Goes on TV, Dies: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/06/oldest-woman-in-nyc-marathon-falls-finishes-goes-on-tv-dies/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[21] 10 Great Small Cities for Retirement: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-10-2011/Great-Charming-Small-Cities-for-Retirement.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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[23] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?keycode=U9ZTPH9&intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

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

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