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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On June 11, 2014 @ 3:48 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

Mice with clothes [1]

1. Brits are reviving an unusual hobby - stuffing mice and arranging them in human-like poses. (Learn more at NY Times [1])

2. Men’s faces evolved in a way that maximizes protection during fistfights. (Learn more at Washington Post [2])

Boxing smush face [2]

3. A wool fitness mat with embedded sensors and LED lights can help you perfect yoga poses and record progress. (Learn more at Wired [3])

Fitness mat lunar tera [3]

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4. Bulletproof blankets have been developed to shield kids during school shootings. (Learn more at CNET [5])

Bulletproof blankets [5]

5. An FDA official’s letter that could stop cheese makers from using wooden boards for aging might end Limburger made in the U.S. (Learn more at NPR [6])

Limburger cheese with onions [7]

6. Draining a severely injured patient’s blood and replacing it with ice water might improve survival chances. (Learn more at NY Times [8])

7. Chimpanzees consistently beat humans in certain games of strategy. (Learn more at Futurity [9])

Chimpanzee [9]

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8. The Paris bridge where lovers leave a padlock to demonstrate their amour is collapsing under the weight of 700,000 locks. (Learn more at New York Magazine [11])

Paris lovers bridge with locks [11]

9. Four in 10 Americans believe God created Earth 10,000 years ago. (Learn more at Gallup [12])

10. Father’s Day generates $7 billion less in spending than Mother’s Day. (Learn more at AARP [13])

Father's Day [13]

11. A Japanese robot speaks 17 languages and can read human emotions. (Learn more at CNN [14])

Robot [14]


Bonus video: This Seattle Symphony concert featured hometown hero Sir Mix-a-Lot, 50, and his Grammy Award-winning hit: “Baby Got Back.” You’ll never think of a symphony concert the same way again. It’s “safe for work” but don’t watch this viral hit if you don’t like a lot of singing and dancing in the name of … there’s no way around it … big butts.

YouTube Preview Image [15]

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Images – Mouse: Suzanne Gerber/Flickr [18]Chad Runge/U.S. Navy/Flickr [19]; Fitness mat: Courtesy of LUNAR Europe [20]; Orange blankets: Courtesy of Bodyguard Blankets/ProTecht [21]; Chimpanzee: Martin/Flickr [22]; Pont des Arts: Domiriel/Flickr [23]; Father’s Day trophy: Tim Malabuyo/Flickr [24]Pepper the Robot by Aldebaran robotics [25], photo by Vincent Desailly

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [26] project.


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[1] Image: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/world/europe/london-british-pastime-taxidermy-arts-and-crafts-is-enjoying-a-resurgence.html

[2] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/10/the-truth-about-why-mens-faces-look-the-way-they-do/

[3] Wired: http://www.wired.com/2014/06/this-intelligent-wool-rug-doubles-as-a-yoga-instructor/

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

[5] CNET: http://www.cnet.com/news/bulletproof-bodyguard-blanket-designed-to-shield-schoolkids/

[6] NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/12/321239442/has-the-fda-brought-on-a-cheese-apocalypse-probably-not

[7] Image: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/10/fda-aged-cheese

[8] NY Times: http://blog.aarp.orgwww.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/health/a-chilling-medical-trial.html

[9] Futurity: http://www.futurity.org/chimps-games-strategy/

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

[11] New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/06/paris-bridge-collapses-from-weight-of-love-locks.html

[12] Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/poll/21814/evolution-creationism-intelligent-design.aspx

[13] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/09/for-fathers-day-give-your-children-a-gift/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[14] CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/06/tech/innovation/pepper-robot-emotions/index.html

[15] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w59e20ijOpE

[16] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[17] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[18] Suzanne Gerber/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wurzeltod/

[19] Chad Runge/U.S. Navy/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chadrunge/

[20] Courtesy of LUNAR Europe: http://tera.lunar-europe.com/

[21] Bodyguard Blankets/ProTecht: http://bodyguardblanket.com/

[22] Martin/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinlang/

[23] Domiriel/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/domiriel/

[24] Tim Malabuyo/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/malabooboo/

[25] Pepper the Robot by Aldebaran robotics: http://blog.aarp.org%20http://www.aldebaran.com/en/a-robots/who-is-pepper

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

[27] 3D Printed Food and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/04/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-45/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[28] 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

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