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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On March 12, 2014 @ 6:22 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and … fun

Giant hamster wheel in Brooklyn [1]

1. Two artists in Brooklyn are living in a giant hamster wheel. (Learn more at Huffington Post [1])

2. A simple blood test predicts 9 times out of 10 who will develop dementia. (Learn more at AARP [2])

3. Elephants can tell men from women and friends from foes by listening to their voices. (Learn more at Discovery [3])

Elephant herd [3]

4. Rolling Stone Keith Richards has written a children’s book about his first guitar. (Learn more at AARP [4])

Keith Richards 'Gus & Me' [4]

5. William Willett, not Benjamin Franklin, was the father of Daylight Saving Time. (Learn more at AARP [5])

6. On the way down from Mount Everest, each climber must pick up 17.6 pounds of trash. (Learn more at The Star [6])

Mt. Everest climber picking up trash [6]

7. An Australian man allegedly used a drone to try to smuggle drugs into a prison. (Learn more at The Verge [7])

8. Binge drinking is especially bad if you’re older. (Learn more at Washington Post [8])

9. A cat can trap its owners in a room ­ if the pet weighs 22 pounds. (Learn more at Los Angeles Times [9])

cat-attack [9]

10. Dalai Lama is the first Buddhist to open a U.S. Senate session with a prayer. (Learn more at AARP [10])

11. “Smart” crosswalks in London will know how many people are waiting and adjust crossing time accordingly. (Learn more at Mashable [11])

Smart crosswalks in London [11]

Bonus video: Ever want to kiss a stranger? Here’s what happened when 20 folks did.

YouTube Preview Image [12]

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Images – Hamster wheel/In Orbit art project: Courtesy Ward Shelley, Alex Schweder, and The Boiler / Pierogi [15]; Elephants: Vaughan Leiberum [16]/Flickr; Illustration credit: Gus & Me book cover courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Reprinted with permission; Mount Everest: Abd allah Foteih [17]/Flickr; Cat: wsbtv/YouTube; Abbey Road crosswalk, London: Lars Ploughman [18]/Flickr

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [19] project.

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[1] Image: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/visualnewscom/these-two-artists-are-liv_b_4913313.html

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/10/new-blood-test-may-predict-alzheimers-dementia-risk/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/animals/elephants-can-tell-gender-ethnicity-in-human-voices-140311.htm

[4] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/12/keith-richards-to-publish-childrens-book-about-his-first-guitar/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/07/4-myths-about-daylight-saving-time/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[6] The Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/03/06/the_bid_to_remove_a_mountain_of_trash_from_everest.html

[7] The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/11/5495340/man-accused-of-using-drone-to-smuggle-drugs-into-prison

[8] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/older-binge-drinkers-face-a-higher-death-risk-than-those-who-spread-their-drinking-out/2014/03/10/156ebc00-a4a9-11e3-84d4-e59b1709222c_story.html

[9] Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/nation/shareitnow/la-sh-22-pound-house-cat-traps-family-20140311,0,7902156.story#axzz2vmvikIf4

[10] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/06/dalai-lama-opens-senate-session-with-a-prayer/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[11] Mashable: http://mashable.com/2014/03/12/london-to-test-smart-crosswalks/

[12] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpbDHxCV29A

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

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

[15] Ward Shelley, Alex Schweder, and The Boiler / Pierogi: http://www.pierogi2000.com/2014/02/ward-shelley-and-alex-schweder-at-the-boiler/

[16] Vaughan Leiberum: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laertes_za/

[17] Abd allah Foteih: https://www.flickr.com/photos/117032936@N08/

[18] Lars Ploughman: http://blog.aarp.org https://www.flickr.com/photos/criminalintent/

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

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[22] D.C.’s National Mall and Other Top Free Things to Do in America: http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-12-2012/free-things-to-do-in-america.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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