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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On April 23, 2014 @ 5:22 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and … fun

Earth's cousin planet - Kepler 186f [1]

1. Planet Earth has a cousin – Kepler-186f – about 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.  (Learn more at The Atlantic [1])

2. A disorder that causes you to act out your dreams is the best predictor of brain disease, says a new study. (Learn more at AARP [2])

3. A majority of American adults in all age groups now owns a smartphone. (Learn more at Time [3])

African American couple having fun with smartphone on bea [3]

4. Colorado boomers are the best educated; Maryland’s boomers are the wealthiest.  (Learn more at AARP [4])

Boomer Map AARP [4]

5. It’s possible to dine at all 24 restaurants in Jenkintown, Pa., in a single day – just ask the mayor. (Learn more at Montgomery Media [5])

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foley-latke [5]

6. America’s middle class is not the wealthiest in the world. (Learn more at the New York Times) [7]

7. The odds of surviving a long, high-altitude flight stowed away in the wheel well of a plane are about 25 percent. (Learn more at CNN [8])

8. Your preferred sleeping position with your honey says a lot about your relationship. (Learn more at AARP [9])

Senior couple sleeping [9]

9. Two species of mammals survived at least 23 million years. (Learn more at the Washington Post [10])

>> Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [11]

Gomphotherium - Elephant-like creature [10]

10. Considering yourself attractive leads you to believe you belong in a higher social class. (Learn more at Quartz [12])

11. As you age, you’re likely to get nicer. (Learn more at AARP [13])

Older man smiling [13]

Bonus video: Please tell us why you think this video of a young man getting booted in the head by the driver of a passing train has more than 25 million views:

YouTube Preview Image [14]

Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [15], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag  #11things [16].

Let us read 11 Things to you:

Credits – New planet: NASA; Selfie: mbbirdy/iStockphoto [17]; Boomer map: AARP; Potato pancakes: Ed Foley/Twitter; Sleeping couple: bowdenimages/iStockphoto [18]; Elephant-like creature: Benjamin Burger [19]; Smiling guy with moustache: Kamyar Adl/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.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/this-is-big-scientists-just-found-earths-closest-cousin/360843/

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/23/sleep-disorder-linked-to-brain-disease/

[3] Time: http://time.com/72129/smartphones-apple-android/

[4] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-2014/map-where-boomers-live.html#/

[5] Montgomery Media: http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2014/04/17/glenside_news_globe_times_chronicle/news/doc53504204ce40d977249597.txt

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

[7] New York Times): http://nyti.ms/1rcbT2D

[8] CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/21/us/hawaii-plane-stowaway/index.html

[9] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/23/relationship-test-how-close-do-you-sleep/

[10] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/seeking-long-lived-mammals-paleontologist-finds-two-that-lasted-at-least-23-million-years/2014/04/21/ab708cb8-bc2a-11e3-96ae-f2c36d2b1245_story.html

[11] >> 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

[12] Quartz: http://qz.com/201692/a-good-hair-day-may-make-you-happy-but-it-also-makes-you-hierarchical/

[13] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/22/will-we-get-nicer-as-we-age/

[14] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy8Yt-P614w

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

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

[17] mbbirdy/iStockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=263221

[18] bowdenimages/iStockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=3896861

[19] Benjamin Burger: http://www.benjamin-burger.org/

[20] Kamyar Adl/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kamshots/

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

[22] Jet Lag App, Body Heat Generator and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/16/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-38/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[23] Jerry Mathers and Other Famous Child Stars – Where Are They Now?: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/television/info-08-2013/famous-child-stars-where-are-they-now-photos.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[24] Fight fraud and ID theft with the AARP Fraud Watch Network.: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/?intcmp=AE-BL-ENDART-ADV-FWN

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

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

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