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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On June 4, 2014 @ 5:41 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

Ear [1]

1. An art project regrew Vincent van Gogh’s ear. (Learn more at The Verge [1])

2. Learning a second language can help make you smarter. (Learn more at AARP [2])

3. New 3-D printed foods look good, taste good and melt in your mouth. (Learn more at Engadget [3])

Food [3]

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4. Latabe the elephant took the world’s very first “elfie,” a.k.a. an elephant selfie. (Learn more at Huffington Post [5])

Elephant selfie [6]

Ross Parry Agency via Mashable

5. Elmers are, by name, America’s oldest men; Gertrudes take the ladies’ crown. (Learn more at fivethirtyeight.com [7])

Elmer Fudd [7]

6. A motorized suitcase travels at 12 mph and covers up to 37 miles. (Learn more at BBC [8])

7. Alaska and New Hampshire are the two tax-friendliest states for retirees. (Learn more at AARP [13])

8. Why do koalas hug trees? To stay cool. (Learn more at Yahoo [14])

Koala hugging tree [14]

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9. Highly cynical people are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who are more trusting. (Learn more at AARP [16])

10. Twitter is full of “grumpy, horrible, moldy, old meaningless crap,” says actress Helen Mirren. (Learn more at AARP [17])

Twitter bird [17]

11. Our Milky Way galaxy is on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy. (Learn more at NASA [18])

Milky Way-Andromeda galaxies collision [18]

Bonus video: The World Cup is coming, and it has a catchy little song:

YouTube Preview Image [19]

Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [20], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag  #11things [21].

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Images – Ear: Diemut Strebe, Sugababe 2014 [22] (ongoing project) © Diemut Strebe; Food: photo by Katharina Jaeger courtesy of Biozoon.de [23];  Elephant selfie: Ross Parry Agency linked via Mashable; Early Elmer Fudd: Wikimedia; Koala: Valerie/Flickr [24]; Bluebird: Pixabay; Space illustration: NASA

Music: We Are One, Ole Ola, World Cup Song, RCA Records, Sony Entertainment;  Alex Beroza: Spinning via ccMixter [25]  [25]

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[1] Image: http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/4/5778642/van-gogh-ear-reanimated-in-germany

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/04/learning-a-second-language-at-any-age-can-slow-brain-aging/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/29/smoothfood-performance-eu-3d-printed-food-project/

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

[5] Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/29/elephant-selfie_n_5412653.html

[6] Image: http://mashable.com/2014/06/03/first-elephant-selfie/

[7] fivethirtyeight.com: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-to-tell-someones-age-when-all-you-know-is-her-name/

[8] BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-27636476

[9] #suitcase: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23suitcase&src=hash

[10] #scooter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23scooter&src=hash

[11] pic.twitter.com/6I52NSOLsB: http://t.co/6I52NSOLsB

[12] May 29, 2014: https://twitter.com/CCTV_America/statuses/472123509460963328

[13] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2014/tax-relief-states.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[14] Yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/why-koalas-hug-trees-232513069.html

[15] >> 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

[16] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/28/calling-all-cynics-your-mistrust-is-bad-for-your-brain/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[17] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-2014/helen-mirren-aarp-magazine/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[18] NASA: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/31may_andromeda/

[19] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGtWWb9emYI

[20] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[21] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[22] Sugababe 2014: http://on1.zkm.de/zkm/stories/storyReader$8887

[23] Biozoon.de: http://biozoon.de/en/

[24] Valerie/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ucumari/

[25] Alex Beroza: Spinning via ccMixter: http://ccmixter.org/people/AlexBeroza

[26] Macauley Culkin’s Pizza Tribute Band and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/28/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-44/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[27] Want to Drop Pounds Fast? Try These Tactics: http://www.aarp.org/food/healthy-eating/info-11-2012/lose-weight-quickly-photos.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[28] 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

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

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