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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On January 15, 2014 @ 11:39 am In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

 News, discoveries and fun …

chicks books [1]

1. A novelist/farmer gives “chick lit” a whole new meaning. (Learn more at CBS [1]) (hat tip to Hilarie Grey)

2. It’s possible to score a night at the Waldorf-Astoria for $15.75. (Learn more at AARP [2])

Waldorf-Astoria New York Park Avenue Entrance [2]

3. New surgical superglue can patch a hole in a beating heart. (Learn more at NPR [3])

4. Some people who get migraines spell relief p-l-a-c-e-b-o. (Learn more at AARP [4])

5. The NBA will end merger payments to the owners of a defunct ABA team – at $800 million. (Learn more at New York Times [5])

ABA basketball [5]

The Pacers joined the NBA in 1976. The Spirits of St. Louis did not.

6. Coffee boosts your memory for 24 hours. (Learn more at Futurity.org [6])

cup of coffee with milk leaf [6]

7. Most members of Congress are now millionaires. (Learn more at OpenSecrets.org [7])

8. Flossing may protect you from Alzheimer’s. (Learn more at AARP [8])

9. A safari guide paid $350,000 for the chance to hunt and kill an endangered black rhinoceros. (Learn more at News.com.au [9])

400-black-rhinoceros-safari-news-roundup [10]

10. After 43 years, we know who stole files from an FBI office in Pennsylvania. (Learn more at AARP [11])

11. The creator of Beanie Babies hid millions of dollars in a Swiss bank. (Learn more at San Francisco Chronicle [12])

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Bonus video:

A baby polar bear takes his first steps:

YouTube Preview Image [13]

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Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [14], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

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Images – Chicks and books: EBlokhina/istockphoto [16]The Waldorf-Astoria by Hennem08 via Wikimedia [17]; Basketball: JeromeG111/Flickr [18];  Coffee design: Stephen Rees/Flickr [19]; Black Rhino: Thomas Kitchin & Victoria Hurst/Getty Images; Beanie Babies: Lyle58/Flickr [20]

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [21] project.

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[1] Image: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chick-lit-novelist-writes-book-for-chickens-literally/

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/14/how-one-couple-scored-a-suite-at-the-waldorf-for-15-75/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/08/260746223/sealant-inspired-by-beach-worm-could-become-surgical-superglue

[4] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/13/placebo-power-can-it-relieve-your-migraine/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/sports/basketball/payout-may-come-for-an-aba-team-that-is-long-gone.html

[6] Futurity.org: http://www.futurity.org/caffeine-stimulates-long-term-memory/

[7] OpenSecrets.org: http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/01/millionaires-club-for-first-time-most-lawmakers-are-worth-1-million-plus.html

[8] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-12-2013/health-tips-for-new-year.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[9] News.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/hunter-corey-knowlton-pays-388k-to-kill-rare-black-rhino/story-fnjwkt0b-1226802814690

[10] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/400-black-rhinoceros-safari-news-roundup.jpg

[11] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/08/activists-who-burgled-the-fbi-come-forward-43-years-later/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[12] San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Beanie-Baby-Maker-Warner-May-Get-Prison-for-5141802.php

[13] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkfEChXa2V0

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

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

[16] EBlokhina/istockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=1932817

[17] Hennem08 via Wikimedia: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Waldorf_Astoria_New_York_-_Park_Avenue_Entrance.jpg

[18] JeromeG111/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeromeg111/

[19] Stephen Rees/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen_rees/

[20] Lyle58/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyle58/

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

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[23] Veteran Stars Take a Spin with The Golden Globes: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/10/veteran-stars-take-a-spin-with-the-golden-globes/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[24] Antianxiety Drugs – and 9 Other Meds That May Cause Memory Loss: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-05-2013/drugs-that-may-cause-memory-loss.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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