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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 06/18/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

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News, discoveries and … fun

 

Naked mole-rat

 

1. Naked mole-rats may hold the secret to conquering aging in humans. (Learn more at Vox.com)

2. A man in deep thought has been lurking beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces. (Learn more at AARP)

Picasso man in painting

 

3. A new “smart cup” can recognize and track everything you drink — and even tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. (Learn more at The Verge)

Vessyl smart cup

 

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4. The stereotype of the “greedy geezer” voter is a figment of the public imagination. (Learn more at HeraldTribune.com)

Old man wearing Uncle Sam hat

 

5. Walking just 6,000 steps a day can help you avoid or reduce the pain of arthritic knees. (Learn more at AARP)

Knees x-ray

 

6. Bill Clinton is the most admired president of the past 25 years. (Learn more at the Wall Street Journal)

Five Presidents in Oval Office

 

7. Younger people favor expanding Social Security more than older people. (Learn more at AARP)

Social Security card

 

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8. If you inherit an IRA, creditors can get their hands on the money in it. (Learn more at AARP)

Snatching money

 

9. This year, Dad is worth $24,103. (Learn more at AARP)

Father Knows Best cast photo 1962

 

10. Oxytocin, the “love hormone,” can make old muscles new again. (Learn more at Futurity.org)

Oxitocin

 

11. Manatees swim by farting. (Learn more at Cracked.com)

 

Manatee

 

Bonus video: It’s summertime, and swimming pools everywhere are opening for the season. All the more reason to love this little vignette-in-a-video from Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest. Can Waldo fish his beloved squeaky toys out of the kiddie pool? You’ll have to watch to find out.

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Images — naked mole-rat: Smithsonian’s National Zoo; infrared image of Pablo Picasso’s “The Blue Room” (1901), The Phillips Collection © 2008; Vessyl “smart cup”: MyVessyl.com; “geezer” voter: Artemis Gordon (iStockphoto); arthritic knees: temet (iStockphoto); former presidents: White House photo by Eric Draper via Wikipedia; creditors and IRAs: Radiant Byte (iStockphoto); “Father Knows Best” cast photo (1962): Wikipedia; oxytocin: MindZiper via Wikipedia; manatee: Ahodges7 via Wikipedia

 

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1 comments
2Papa
2Papa 5pts

The video of the fox terrier is a goot one!  I used to have one of those dogs.  They are cute but very unruly.