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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On May 21, 2014 @ 5:27 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

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1. The bones of a seven-story-tall dinosaur, called the largest creature ever to walk the earth, were discovered in Argentina. (Learn more at NPR [1])

2. The outgoing Indian prime minister had 1.24 million Twitter followers before he reset the government account, making the new PM start over. (Learn more at Quartz [2])

3. The residents of Paraguay are the happiest people in the world, followed by those in four other Latin American countries. (Learn more at NBC [6])

Ecuador's President in Paraguay [6]

His country in third place, the president of Ecuador visits happy Paraguay

4. British scientists will pay $16.8 million to whoever solves humanity’s biggest scientific problem … once the public decides what that is. (Learn more at BBC [7])

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One problem to solve is access to safe, clean water

5. Single women own more homes than single men. (Learn more at AARP [8])

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6. Europeans voted Bulgarian salad their favorite food. (Learn more at Big Think [10])

Bulgarian Salad (Shopska) [10]

7. An airplane’s toilet is not where germs live longest. (Learn more at AARP [11])

Worried man in airplane seat [11]

8. A measles vaccine wiped out a woman’s incurable cancer. (Learn more at Cancer Research UK [12])

9. Scary movies can injure your heart. (Learn more at BBC [13])

The Blob movie poster [13]

10. Medical services that provide little or no health benefit cost Medicare at least $1.9 billion a year. (Learn more at AARP [14])

>> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [15]

11. The world’s oldest living cat is 24. (Learn more at NBC News [16])

Letsy, photographed in 2011, is NOT the world's oldest cat [16]

Letsy, photographed in 2011, is NOT the world’s oldest cat

Bonus video: At the Webby Awards in New York City, attendees ironically mourned the death of the selfie. If only.

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Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [18], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

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Images: Dinosaur bone courtesy of Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio [20], photo José Marí­a Farfaglia; Paraguay dancers courtesy of the President of Ecuador/Flickr [21]; Woman drinking at fountain: World Bank/Flickr [22]; Bulgarian salad: Emi Popova/Flickr [23]; Worried man on plane: Craftvision/iStockphoto [24]; Blob movie poster: erjkprunczyk/Flickr [25]; Cat: Theen Moy/Flickr [26]

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [27] project.

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[1] Image: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/18/313608255/a-giant-among-dinosaurs-discovered-in-argentina

[2] Quartz: http://qz.com/211452/the-indian-prime-ministers-office-just-threw-away-1-24-million-twitter-followers/

[3] http://t.co/Z7NrGabt1R: http://t.co/Z7NrGabt1R

[4] pic.twitter.com/An6GyIlBRI: http://t.co/An6GyIlBRI

[5] May 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/yuvadesh/statuses/467581586221711362

[6] NBC: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/worlds-happiest-country-would-you-believe-paraguay-n110981

[7] BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27425224

[8] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/12/great-places-blog-smart-builders-know-a-womans-home-is-her-castle/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[9] >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter : http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/subscribeFromEmail.action?id=19061&intcmp=ILC-EMAIL-SUB-HLTH

[10] Big Think: http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/658-bulgarian-salad-voted-europes-favourite-food

[11] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/20/flying-dont-touch-that-seat-pocket/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[12] Cancer Research UK: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2014/05/16/could-measles-cure-cancer-uh-not-exactly/

[13] BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27425469

[14] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/19/low-value-health-services-cost-medicare-billions/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

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

[16] NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/weird-science/poppy-crowned-worlds-oldest-living-cat-age-24-n109536

[17] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNeiDwGFt20

[18] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[19] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[20] Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio: http://www.mef.org.ar/

[21] President of Ecuador/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/presidenciaecuador/ 

[22] World Bank/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldbank/

[23] Emi Popova/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/21072410@N05/

[24] Craftvision/iStockphoto: http://blog.aarp.orgWorried%20man on plane http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=1016451

[25] erjkprunczyk/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24842486@N07/

[26] Theen Moy/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/theenmoy/

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

[28] Jackie Kennedy’s 14-Year Personal Letters and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/14/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-42/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

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