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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On November 13, 2013 @ 5:16 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun …

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1. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated [1])

2. Military veteran dogs find second careers as explosives detectives at the U.S. Capitol. (Learn more at Washington Post [2])

K9 Capitol Police [2]

3. A new kind of tattoo on your throat could be used as a microphone – and double as a lie detector. (Learn more at Discovery [3])

Neck microphone tatoo [3]

4. The classic rubber duckie and the game of chess are in the National Toy Hall of Fame. (Learn more at CNN [4])

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5. The number of veterans in Congress has fallen to a historic low. (Learn more at AARP [6])

6. The power of some fruits and vegetables to prevent cancer varies with how you prepare them. (Learn more at AARP [7])

Broccoli [8]

7. Passwords could soon be a thing of the past. (Learn more at AARP [9])

8. You can now see the potentially dazzling Comet ISON through binoculars. (Learn more at AARP [10])

Comet ISON NASA [10]

9. A white supremacist learned he is 14 percent black. (Learn more at Huffington Post [11])

10. A woman sold a desk on Craigslist for $200 – forgetting she had hidden $98,000 in it. (Learn more at AARP [12])

11. Aerobic exercise not only keeps you physically fit – it also improves your memory. (More at AARP [13])

Woman riding bike with dog [13]

Bonus video – Did Sacha Baron Cohen kill it at this recent awards ceremony? Let us know your reaction in the comments, below.

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Images –  Bike helmet: Courtesy of Hovding; K-9 Capitol Police: screenshot, Washington Post TV; Neck tattoo: artist concept – microphone by Steve Garfield [17]/Flickr, throat by Dan Klimke [18]/Flickr; Rubber duckie: Credit: Flickr/Getty Images; Broccoli: Brian Luster [19]/Flickr; Comet: NASA/MSFC/Aaron Kingery; Bike rider: Ed Yourdon [20]/Flickr

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://extramustard.si.com/2013/11/11/the-invisible-bike-helmet-can-save-your-life-while-you-still-look-cool/

[2] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/video/thefold/a-second-career-for-canine-vets/2013/11/09/bdbf0edc-4982-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_video.html

[3] Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/motorola-wants-to-tattoo-a-mic-on-your-throat-131108.htm

[4] CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/07/living/national-toy-hall-of-fame-2013/index.html

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/rubber-duck-toy-things-didnt-know-400.jpg.jpg

[6] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/08/why-so-few-veterans-in-congress/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[7] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/08/4-new-ways-to-boost-foods-anti-cancer-properties/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[8] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/08/4-new-ways-to-boost-foods-anti-cancer-properties/

[9] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/13/will-passwords-soon-be-obsolete/

[10] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/travel/destinations/info-10-2013/comet-ison-observing-locations.html

[11] Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/11/craig-cobb-white-supremacist-black_n_4256360.html

[12] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/12/man-finds-98000-in-craigslist-desk/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[13] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/13/exercise-boosts-memory-in-adults-over-50/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[14] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQrG8fBtH-c

[15] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[16] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[17] Steve Garfield: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevegarfield/

[18] Dan Klimke: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dklimke/

[19] Brian Luster: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lusterb/

[20] Ed Yourdon: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/

[21] Prince Charles to Claim $175-Per-Week Government Pension: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/13/prince-charles-to-claim-175-a-week-government-pension/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[22] Slideshow: 16 Foods for a Long, Healthy Life: http://www.aarp.org/food/recipes/info-04-2013/16-foods-for-a-long-healthy-life.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[23] Support Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund to Aid Elderly Victims: http://www.aarp.org/disasterrelief?intcmp=AE-BL-ENDART3-SOC-TYPHOON-RELIEF13

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

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

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