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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On December 4, 2013 @ 5:27 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun …

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1. Humans may have evolved from pigs mating with chimps. (Learn more at Daily Mail [1])

2. Lists are perfect for the Web because they “tap into into our preferred way of receiving and organizing information at a subconscious level.” (Learn more at The New Yorker [2])

3. Phytophthora, a water mold that causes the roots of Christmas trees to rot, is a national problem. (NBC News [3])

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4. Scientists can train locusts to recognize odors. (Learn more at Washington University, St. Louis [4])

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5. Mice parachuted into Guam to kill snakes. (Learn more at NBC News [5])

6. A Georgia man uses his tongue to drive his wheelchair. (Learn more at USA Today [6])

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7. Treating depression and insomnia at the same time doubles your chances of beating depression. (Learn more at AARP [8])

8. Octocopters may be delivering Amazon’s packages within several years. (Learn more at CBS News [9])

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9. The town of Park Ridge, N.J., has a street dedicated to Sopranos star James Gandolfini. (Learn more at Rolling Stone [10])

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10. Burnt toast can cause cancer. (Learn more at AARP [11])

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11. Boomers’ new fad: dinner parties to talk about death. (Learn more at AARP [12])

Bonus: The Kardashians have sent out their annual Christmas card. (Learn more at E! Online [13])

Kardashian Christmas Card - Dave LaChapelle [13]

Photo © Dave LaChapelle/E! Online/The Kardashians


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Images: Pig: The Pug Father [16]/Flickr [16] – Chimp: Meneer ZJeroen [17]/Flickr [17]; Christmas tree: Ellen Moran/istockphoto [18]; Locust: IITA Image Library/Flickr [19]; Amazon drone: YouTube/Amazon; Drone promo image: Amazon; James Gandolfini: Onur YILDIRIM/Flickr [20];  Toaster and toast: John Gollop/istockphoto [21]

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [22] project.


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[1] Image: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2515969/Humans-evolved-female-chimpanzee-mated-pig-Extraordinary-claim-American-geneticist.html

[2] The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/12/a-list-of-reasons-that-our-brains-love-lists.html

[3] NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/national-problem-root-rot-attacking-christmas-trees-2D11674415

[4] Washington University, St. Louis: http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26210.aspx

[5] NBC News: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/02/21724382-two-thousand-mice-dropped-on-guam-by-parachute-to-kill-snakes?lite

[6] USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/27/tongue-driven-wheelchair/3766021/

[7] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZHBNYd-eWs

[8] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/12/02/is-curing-insomnia-key-to-curing-depression/

[9] CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-unveils-futuristic-plan-delivery-by-drone/

[10] Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/sopranos-cast-honors-james-gandolfini-in-new-jersey-20131202

[11] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/12/04/really-fries-burned-toast-could-cause-cancer/

[12] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/money/investing/info-10-2013/death-dinner-parties-discuss-end-of-life.html

[13] E! Online: http://www.eonline.com/news/486434/analyzing-the-kardashian-christmas-card-24-things-you-may-not-have-noticed

[14] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[15] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[16] The Pug Father: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleur-design/

[17] Meneer ZJeroen: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nuskyn/

[18] Ellen Moran/istockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=389222

[19] IITA Image Library/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iita-media-library/

[20] Onur YILDIRIM/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shadov/

[21] John Gollop/istockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=3234779

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

[23] Home DNA Tests: Are They Safe?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/26/home-dna-tests-are-they-safe/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[24] 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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