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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On March 26, 2014 @ 4:44 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and … fun

NASA spacesuit design [1]

1. NASA wants you to help design its new space suit. (Learn more at CNET [1])

2. More than 30 percent of bank clients don’t go to branches anymore. (Learn more at Consumerist [2].com)

3. The idea of whitening your teeth or curing ailments by swishing oil in your mouth is regaining popularity. (Learn more at AARP [3])

Teeth whitening [3]

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4. You can open a bottle of wine with your shoe. (Learn more at Thrillist [5])

5. The liquid in e-cigarettes can cause seizures and even death when ingested or absorbed through the skin. (Learn more at NY Times [6])

Smoking an electronic cigarette [6]

6. A slice of toast in San Francisco can set you back $4. (Learn more at Pacific Standard [7])

Toast [7]

7. Giraffes may sense when a human friend is sick. (Learn more at DutchNews [8])



8. Crooks are posing as IRS agents and asking people for “back taxes.” (Learn more at AARP [11])

9. Titanium golf clubs can cause fires by throwing off sparks when they hit rocks. (Learn more at Bleacher Report [12])

Titanium golf club [12]

10. Even at age 85, some Japanese women make a living by diving for abalone. (Learn more at Slate [13])


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11. A cup of peas has more protein than a hard-boiled egg. (Learn more at AARP [15])

Peas [15]

Our bonus video, suggested by Stacia Dahl of AARP Montana, shows dogs befuddled by a magician.

YouTube Preview Image [16]

Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [17], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag  #11things [18].

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Images – Spacesuit: NASA; Smile: Keithpix [19]/istockphoto; E-cigarette vapor: Michael Dorausch [20]/Flickr; Toast: revedavion [21]/Flickr; Golf club head: courtesy of eBay; Abalone fisherwoman: Nina Poppe [22]/Slate; Peas: doolloop [23]/Flickr.

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [24] project.


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[1] Image: http://www.cnet.com/news/vote-on-nasas-crazy-next-gen-spacesuit-fashions/

[2] Consumerist: http://consumerist.com/2014/03/24/is-in-person-banking-going-the-way-of-the-dodo/

[3] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/25/oil-pulling-does-it-really-whiten-your-teeth/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/subscribeFromEmail.action?id=28336&intcmp=ILC-EMAIL-SUB-LISR

[5] Thrillist: http://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/npr-tests-how-to-open-wine-with-your-shoe-thrillist-nation

[6] NY Times: http://nyti.ms/1eDp7kz

[7] Pacific Standard: http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/toast-story-latest-artisanal-food-craze-72676/

[8] DutchNews: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/03/the_moment_a_giraffe_says_good.php

[9] Post: https://www.facebook.com/wensenrijders/posts/617259021688244

[10] Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland: https://www.facebook.com/wensenrijders

[11] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/21/irs-watchdog-impostor-phone-scam-largest-ever/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[12] Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1998902-titanium-coated-golf-clubs-can-lead-to-fires-scientists-find

[13] Slate: http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/03/23/nina_poppe_ama_looks_at_the_women_of_japan_who_dive_for_abalone_photos.html

[14] >> Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/savings/discounts/dining-andamp;-entertainment/uSource/HCTN/categoryId/724/subCategoryId/725?intcmp=AE-BL-ENT-DISC

[15] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/24/shake-off-winter-with-5-spring-superfoods/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[16] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEQXeLjY9ak

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

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

[19] Keithpix: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=1194291

[20] Michael Dorausch: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chiropractic/

[21] revedavion: https://www.flickr.com/people/francoisroche/

[22] Nina Poppe: http://www.ninapoppe.com/

[23] doolloop: https://www.flickr.com/photos/doolloop/

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

[25] Dropped Food’s ‘Five-Second Rule’ and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/19/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-34/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[26] Portland, Oregon, and 9 Other Budget-Friendly Trips for 2014: http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-02-2013/affordable-vacation-ideas-2013.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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

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

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

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