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Cronuts, Blobfish, Selfies. 11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year*

Posted By Steve Mencher On December 23, 2013 @ 4:59 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and fun

blobfish [1]

1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN [1]) (Sept. 18)

2. Cronuts go for $40 on New York’s black market. (Learn more at AARP [2]) (July 10)

Cronut [2]

3. Snail slime might be the fountain of youth. (Learn more at AARP [3]) (July 17)

snail slime facial [3]

4. 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 [4]) (Nov. 20)

Jimi Hendrix as he would look like today [4]

5. Doing 1,200 sit-ups a day helps keep golfing great Gary Player, who’s 78, more than fit. (Learn more at AARP [5]) (July 17)

Gary Player ESPN cover [5]

6. At the Washington National Zoo, a newborn panda cub that will weigh more than 200 pounds as an adult tipped the scales at 4.8 ounces. (Learn more at USA Today [6]) (Aug. 28)

Newborn panda cub [6]

7.Selfie” is the 2013 word of the year. (Learn more at Yahoo News [7]) (Nov 20)

Astronaut selfie [7]

8. Rinsing raw chicken doesn’t get rid of bacteria; it just spreads the germs. (Learn more at AARP [8]) (Sept. 4)

Rinsing raw chicken [8]

9. There’s a toilet-themed restaurant in Los Angeles. (Learn more at Huffington Post [9]) (Oct. 23)

Toilet-themed restaurants [9]

10. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated [10]) (Nov. 13)

Inflatable bike helmet [10]

11. An Oxford University researcher who led a study of kissing is “still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves.” (Learn more at Science Daily [11]) (Oct. 16)

Couple kissing at wedding [11]


* We started our 11 Things project in July – so we may have learned something in the first half of the year that’s not included …

Next week – a look at predictions for the year 2014.

And here’s a video roundup for the year, including some of our favorite bonus videos.

YouTube Preview Image [12]

We’d love to hear from you. Write to us at 11things@aarp.org [13]. On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag  #11things [14].

Let us read 11 Things to you:

Images: Blobfish: Kerryn Parkinson/Caters News/ZUMAPRESS.com; Cronut: Rachel Lovinger/Flickr [15]; Snail facial: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images; Jimi Hendrix: Rock & Roll Heaven/Sachs Media Group [4]; Gary Player: Peter Hapak for ESPN The Magazine; Panda baby: Smithsonian National Zoo; Astronaut selfie/NASA; Chicken: Indiana Public Media/Flickr [16]Toilet restaurant (Taiwan): riNux/Wikimedia [17]; Invisible bike helmet: Hövding; Kissing couple: shorty76/Flickr [18]

Music: Air Force Band – Christmas Flash Mob at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum [19]

Videos sampled for our video: Grudge Match/Warner Bros. [20]Japan launches the world’s first ‘snail facial’/The Telegraph [21]World’s Weirdest Birds “Moonwalk” to Impress the Ladies/NatGeoWild [22]Dancing Zombie Squid Explained/Discovery [23]Soft baby goat love pile at Adamah Farm/Sarah Chandler [24]

>> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [25]


Also of Interest


See the AARP home page [30] for deals, savings tips, trivia and more


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[1] Image: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/12/travel/blobfish-ugly-animal/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/03/forget-cupcakes-now-its-cronuts-were-craving/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/16/snail-mucus-key-ingredient-to-new-facials-collagen-young-skin-tips/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

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

[5] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/11/gary-player-77-year-old-golfer-poses-nude-in-espns-body-issue/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[6] USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/25/panda-cub-twin-stillborn/2696459/

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

[8] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/09/03/the-great-chicken-debate-to-rinse-or-not/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[9] Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/magic-restroom-cafe-_n_4101763.html

[10] Sports Illustrated: http://extramustard.si.com/2013/11/11/the-invisible-bike-helmet-can-save-your-life-while-you-still-look-cool/

[11] Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131010205142.htm

[12] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWHzLgy_vEA

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

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

[15] Rachel Lovinger/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirka23/

[16] Indiana Public Media/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfiupublicradio/

[17] riNux/Wikimedia: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Modern_Toilet_Restaurant.jpg

[18] shorty76/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/people/shorty_76/

[19] Christmas Flash Mob at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIoSga7tZPg

[20] Grudge Match/Warner Bros.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bQSOBJCPQE

[21] Japan launches the world’s first ‘snail facial’/The Telegraph: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PAo5kLXP-8

[22] World’s Weirdest Birds “Moonwalk” to Impress the Ladies/NatGeoWild: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o42C6ajjqWg

[23] Dancing Zombie Squid Explained/Discovery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGPfSSUlReM

[24] Soft baby goat love pile at Adamah Farm/Sarah Chandler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srrHgqsJxQ8

[25] >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/travel/index/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-TRV-DISC

[26] End the Year With These Fabulous Freebies: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/12/23/end-the-year-with-these-fabulous-freebies/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[27] Slideshow: Ageless Celebrities in Their 60s: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-08-2013/ageless-celebrities-in-their-sixties#slide1?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[28] Get free assistance with tax-return preparation from Tax-Aide: http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-ADV

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

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

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