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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On November 20, 2013 @ 4:54 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun …

Underwater hotel room [1]

1. Now you can stay in Africa’s first underwater hotel room. (Learn more at BBC [1])

2. Scientists have discovered trapped seawater near the Chesapeake Bay that may be 150 million years old. (Learn more at Washington Post [2])

3. Despite reports to the contrary, comedian Andy Kaufman is still dead. (Learn more at AARP [3])

Andy Kaufman [4]

4. After 150 years, the Harrisburg Patriot-News admits that the Gettysburg Address wasn’t “silly remarks.” (Learn more at Patriot-News [5])

5. An airplane cleaning crew found 24 gold bars stashed in a toilet compartment. (Learn more at AARP [6])

6.Selfie” is the 2013 word of the year. (Learn more at Yahoo News [7])

Astronaut selfie [7]

7. What some of the rock ‘n’ roll era’s greatest stars might have looked like had they not died before their time. (Learn more at Sachs Media Group [8])

Jimi Hendrix as he would look today [8]

8. A man who’s been collecting coins since 1918 sold part of his collection for $23 million. (Learn more at AARP [9])

9. You can buy an entire town in California, including a liquor license, for $225,000. (Learn more at L.A. Times [10])

Seneca, California [10]

10. Craning over smartphones and tablets is causing new conditions like “text neck” and “iSlouch.” (Learn more at AARP [11])

Older folks looking iPhone [12]

11. President Barack Obama loves to sing in the bathroom. (Learn more at CNN [13])

Bonus video:

If you need inspiration during this holiday season, consider this mighty mouse, a YouTube sensation.

YouTube Preview Image [14]


Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [15], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

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Images – Manta Resort underwater room, photo: Jesper Anhede, Genberg Art UW Ltd [17]; Andy Kaufman: WikiMedia Commons; Astronaut selfie: NASA; Older Jimi Hendrix courtesy of Sachs Media Group [8]; Seneca, Calif. plaque: Craigslist [18]; Folks leaning over phone: vm/istockphoto [19]

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [20] project.


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[1] Image: http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20131119-an-underwater-hotel-opens-in-africa

[2] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/seawater-discovered-near-the-chesapeake-bay-is-up-to-150-million-years-old/2013/11/16/096ac7ae-4e10-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html

[3] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/15/andy-kaufman-still-funny-still-dead/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/15/andy-kaufman-still-funny-still-dead/

[5] Patriot-News: http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/11/a_patriot-news_editorial_retraction_the_gettysburg_address.html

[6] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/20/gold-bars-worth-more-than-1-1-million-found-in-airplane-lavatory/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[7] Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/selfies-of-the-rich-and-famous-slideshow/

[8] Sachs Media Group: http://sachsmedia.com/rockheaven/

[9] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/20/part-of-mans-coin-collection-fetches-23-million/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[10] L.A. Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-northern-california-ghost-town-for-sale-225000-20131113,0,5599648.story

[11] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/15/got-neck-pain-blame-your-smartphone/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[12] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/15/got-neck-pain-blame-your-smartphone/

[13] CNN: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/20/first-lady-obama-loves-singing-in-the-bathroom/

[14] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM6MNw7i6Ng

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

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

[17] Genberg Art UW Ltd: http://underwaterroom.com/the-story/

[18] Craigslist: http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/reo/4042282693.html

[19] vm/istockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=484590

[20] Smithsonian Remix: http://blog.soundcloud.com/2013/10/02/smithsonian-remix/

[21] The Night Grace Kelly Surprised JFK in His Room: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/19/the-night-grace-kelly-surprised-jfk-in-his-room/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[22] Slideshow: Faces of What 50 Looks Like: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/fashion-beauty/info-11-2011/gallery-faces-of-50.html?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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