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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On January 29, 2014 @ 4:52 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun …

Pope Francis on the cover of Rolling Stone [1]

1. Francis is the first pope on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. (Learn more at Rolling Stone [1])

2. The Grand Canyon could be 6 million years old … and 70 million years old. (Learn more at NPR [2])

grandcanyon-jeremy-wilburn [2]

3. Men are more forgetful than women. (Learn more at Medical News Today [3])

4. Your cellphone carries 10 times more germs than your toilet. (Learn more at AARP [4])

Toilet germs [5]

5. Cyber criminals are using malicious “RAM scraper” software to steal information about you and your credit cards. (Learn more at AARP [6])

6. A bean bag on a stick does a great imitation of the human hand. (Learn more at Wired [7])

Robot picking up LEGO [7]

7. Turning down your thermostat might help you lose weight. (Learn more at MedicalXpress [8])

8. To celebrate its 100th birthday, Beverly Hills threw a party for centenarians. (Learn more at L.A. Times [9])

9. Down to its last £1 million (about $1.6 million), Great Britain’s royal family must economize. (Learn more at NBC [10])

400-queen-elizabeth-money-news-roundup [11]

10. By many measures, Mississippi still ranks lowest among the 50 states. (Learn more at AARP [12])

11. In a real life sequel to the film Monuments Men, paintings looted by the Nazis are being sold at auction. (Learn more at Yahoo.com [13])

U.S. soldiers recover looted paintings [13]

U.S. soldiers recovering looted paintings from Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

Bonus video: Everybody knows you can’t just create a “viral” video. But so far, more than a million people have clicked to see Bill Gates wearing a chicken head, a tin foil hat and fake teeth.

YouTube Preview Image [14]

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Images – Rolling Stone cover: Photo by Stefano Spaziani, courtesy of Rolling Stone; Grand Canyon: Jeremy Wilburn/Flickr [17]; Cellphone in toilet: Bryan Faust/istockphoto [18]; Versaball robotic hand: Courtesy of Empire Robotics [19]; Queen Elizabeth: Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images; “Monuments Men” in Germany: Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration

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[1] Image: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pope-francis-the-times-they-are-a-changin-20140128

[2] NPR: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/27/265437261/grand-canyon-may-be-older-and-younger-than-you-think

[3] Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271642.php

[4] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/24/your-cellphone-has-more-germs-than-your-toilet/ ?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/24/your-cellphone-has-more-germs-than-your-toilet/

[6] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/28/how-target-like-breaches-occur-p-s-more-are-expected/ ?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[7] Wired: http://www.wired.com/design/2014/01/empire-robotics-jamming-robot/

[8] MedicalXpress: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-exposure-cold-temperatures-boost-weight.html

[9] L.A. Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-beat-beverly-hills-centenarians-20140122,0,1663821.story#axzz2rnhHrvjr

[10] NBC: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/28/22479561-uks-queen-elizabeth-down-to-last-16-million-in-reserves-after-royal-overspend

[11] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/400-queen-elizabeth-money-news-roundup.jpg

[12] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/24/is-your-state-a-weakling/ ?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[13] Yahoo.com: http://news.yahoo.com/paintings-looted-nazi-recovered-allies-auctioned-ny-184231173--sector.html

[14] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ye_W7ZsRYM

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

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

[17] Jeremy Wilburn/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremywilburn/

[18] Bryan Faust/istockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=1375626

[19] Empire Robotics: http://www.empirerobotics.com/

[20] Relias: https://soundcloud.com/relias

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