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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On April 30, 2014 @ 3:51 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and … fun.

Mars Rover from kit [1]

1. You can make your own Mars Rover with NASA’s $189 littleBits Space Kit. (Learn more at littleBits [1])

2. It looks like George Clooney will lose bets with Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer – he’s engaged to marry a second time. (Learn more at AARP [2])

George Clooney [3]

3. Your dollar bill might carry bacteria linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Learn more at AARP [4])

Handling dollar bills [5]

4. Atari once buried as many as 750,000 ‘E.T.’ game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. (Learn more at CNN [6])

Atari E.T. game excavation [6]

>> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter [7]

5. If you want to stay healthy, it’s a good idea to marry an optimist. (Learn more at Futurity [8])

Smiling, happy couple [8]

6. When she was young, Meryl Streep thought she was too ugly to be an actress. (Learn more at AARP [9])

Meryl Streep enjoying her 18th Oscar nomination [10]

Meryl Streep enjoying her 18th Oscar nomination

7. Boeing has patented a smart, self-driving cart to carry passengers through airport terminals and deliver them to their departure gate. (Learn more at Skift [11])

Boeing airport cart from patent [11]

8. Art that Andy Warhol created on a Commodore Amiga home computer resurfaced after 30 years. (Learn more at The Verge [12])

Andy Warhol Venus [12]

>> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [13]

9. Some people can see or hear the taste of spices. (Learn more at Singularity Hub [14])

Feel Flavour Poster [14]

10. Exercising twice a week could be the key to younger-looking skin. (Learn more at AARP [15])

Man working out [16]

11. Brazil is breeding suicidal mosquitoes in advance of the World Cup this summer. (Learn more at engadget [17])

Bonus video:
In advance of Mother’s Day, filmmaker Joshua Seftel talks with his mother about movies starring notable moms:

YouTube Preview Image [18]

Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [19], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag  #11things [20].

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Images – Mars rover: littleBits Space Kit/NASA [1]; George Clooney: Csztova/Flickr [21]; Dirty money: RapidEye/iStockphoto [22]; Atari cartridges: taylorhatmaker/Flickr [23]; Happy couple: Douglove/iStockphoto [24]; Meryl Streep: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Boeing cart: courtesy of Boeing [25]; Andy Warhol, Venus, 1985, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. [26]; Sound of Taste poster: courtesy of Novalia [27]/Schwartz spices/Grey London; Man exercising: digitalskillet/iStockphoto [28] 

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [29] project.


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[1] Image: http://littlebits.cc/

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/30/5-reasons-george-clooney-is-getting-married/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/30/5-reasons-george-clooney-is-getting-married/

[4] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/25/whats-in-your-wallet-a-whole-lot-of-germs/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/25/whats-in-your-wallet-a-whole-lot-of-germs/

[6] CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/27/tech/gaming-gadgets/atari-et-video-game/index.html

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

[8] Futurity: http://www.futurity.org/optimism-relationships-partners-health/

[9] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/24/meryl-streep-worried-she-was-too-ugly-to-be-an-actress/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[10] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/24/meryl-streep-worried-she-was-too-ugly-to-be-an-actress/

[11] Skift: http://skift.com/2014/04/29/the-boeing-innovation-designed-for-the-aging-traveler/

[12] The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/24/5646554/andy-warhols-lost-amiga-computer-art-photo-essay

[13] >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/travel/index/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-TRV-DISC

[14] Singularity Hub: http://singularityhub.com/2014/04/28/you-can-hear-the-taste-of-spices-by-touching-this-poster/

[15] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/29/to-reverse-skin-aging-try-exercise/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[16] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/29/to-reverse-skin-aging-try-exercise/

[17] engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/28/brazil-breeds-mosquito-with-suicide-gene-against-dengue-fever/

[18] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRUvCGv0BzE

[19] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[20] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[21] Csztova/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26230969@N08/

[22] RapidEye/iStockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=1056317

[23] taylorhatmaker/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/henofthewoods/with/14059185643/

[24] Douglove/iStockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=2421464

[25] Boeing: http://www.boeing.com/boeing/

[26] The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.: http://www.warhol.org

[27] Novalia: http://www.novalia.co.uk/portfolio/the-sound-of-taste-feel-flavour/

[28] digitalskillet/iStockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=1155805

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

[30] Earth’s Cousin, Sleeping Positions and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/23/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-39/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[31] Should I Take My Social Security Benefits at 62?: http://www.aarp.org/work/social-security/info-07-2012/effect-of-taking-social-security-early.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[32] 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

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

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

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