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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week – Polar Vortex Edition

Posted By Steve Mencher On January 8, 2014 @ 4:18 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

 News, discoveries and fun …

Wisconsin ice [1]

1. It got so cold in Kentucky that an escaped prisoner turned himself back in. (Learn more at Associated Press [1])

Tweets about “#polarvortex” [2]

2. Eating certain foods can reduce your risk of developing cataracts. (Learn more at AARP [3])

Prunes [4]

3. Siri, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant, isn’t so keen about her purring counterpart in the new movie Her, but suggests seeing the movie anyway. (Learn more at Wired [5])

Siri on 'Her' [5]

“Siri, do you like movies?”


4. A newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., discovered an undeveloped roll of film taken by a photographer who was killed 33 years ago in the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens. (Learn more at The Columbian [6])

Mt. Saint Helens, Reid Blackburn [6]

5. Time travelers are not chronicling their adventures on Facebook and Twitter. (Learn more at The Atlantic [7])

6. A restaurant in Pakistan has banned Pakistanis from eating there. (Learn more at NBC News [8])

7. Tonya Harding still denies any involvement in the 1994 attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. (Learn more at ESPN Films [9])

400-tonya-harding-skating-recent-news [10]

8. Downton Abbey‘s proud, straight-laced head butler Mr. Carson was once in love. (Learn more at AARP [11])

'Downton Abbey' cast [12]

Mr. Carson is at left.

9. Not even your surgeon knows how much a new hip costs. (Learn more at Kaiser Health News [13])

10. Online, your shopping cart could be stalking you. (Learn more at AARP [14])

11. The American Dialect Society crowned “because” its 2013 word of the year. Why? “Because useful.” (Learn more at the New York Times [15])

Bonus video: What to do when it’s really cold outside:

YouTube Preview Image [16]

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Images – Deep freeze: Elvis Kennedy/Flickr [19]; Prunes: Chrissy H./Flickr [20]; Siri: Screenshot; Mount St. Helens: Reid Blackburn courtesy of The Columbian [21]; Tonya Harding: Bob Thomas/Getty Images; Downton Abbey: Courtesy PBS

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://bigstory.ap.org/article/police-cold-escaped-inmate-turns-himself

[2] Tweets about “#polarvortex”: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23polarvortex

[3] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/03/what-to-eat-to-reduce-your-cataract-risk/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/03/what-to-eat-to-reduce-your-cataract-risk/

[5] Wired: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2014/01/siri-her-reaction/

[6] The Columbian: http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/dec/26/mount-st-helens-eruption-blackburn-lost-roll-film/

[7] The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/can-physicists-find-time-travelers-on-facebook/282718/

[8] NBC News: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/06/22203369-fine-french-food-in-the-heart-of-pakistan-just-no-pakistanis-allowed?lite

[9] ESPN Films: http://espn.go.com/30for30/film?page=thepriceofgold

[10] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/400-tonya-harding-skating-recent-news.jpg

[11] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/05/death-becomes-downton-its-still-great/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[12] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/05/death-becomes-downton-its-still-great/

[13] Kaiser Health News: http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2014/01/how-much-does-a-new-hip-cost-even-the-surgeon-doesnt-know/

[14] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/personal-technology/info-01-2014/how-to-stop-retargeting-ads.html

[15] New York Times: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/american-dialect-society-chooses-because-as-word-of-the-year/

[16] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Gs6tyiNX4

[17] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[18] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[19] Elvis Kennedy/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elviskennedy/

[20] Chrissy H./Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/teachingsagittarian/

[21] The Columbian: http://www.columbian.com/

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

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[25] Timing When to Take Your Daily Medications: http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-12-2013/timing-of-daily-medications-key.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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