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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Bill Hogan On June 24, 2014 @ 12:17 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun


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 1. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., has the world’s fastest, tallest and steepest wooden roller coaster. (Learn more at ABCNews.com [2])

2. Nearly 60 percent of the Americans who bought health insurance through new online marketplaces were previously uninsured – most of them for at least two years. (Learn more at AARP [3])

A full length studio shot of a diverse group of adults from various occupations [4]


3. More than one in every 10 cars on the road in the United States have been recalled so far this year. (Learn more at Washington Post [5])

lemon [6]

4. A house in England is built entirely from trash – including 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs and two tons of denim offcuts. (Dezeen [7])

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>> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [9]

5. Minnesota still provides the best support for older residents and their family caregivers. (Learn more at AARP [10])

Long-Term Services and Supports Map [11]


6. Older Americans are the fastest-growing group of bicycle users. (Learn more at PeopleForBikes.org [12])

Older couple on bikes [13]


7. Scientists have developed a computer program that can identify rare genetic disorders by using ordinary digital photographs to analyze facial features. (Learn more at New Scientist [14])

Abraham Lincoln [15]


8. Faygo, the Detroit-based soda company, is being sued for age discrimination by an unlikely plaintiff: the founder’s grandson. (Learn more at Detroit Free Press [16])

Faygo Beverages, Inc. [17]


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9. You can see a first-run movie at the three-screen Blanchester Showplace Cinemas [19] in Blanchester, Ohio, for just $4. (Yahoo! Movies [20])

movie tickets [21]


10. The average American spends about 45 minutes a day buying things. (Learn more at Vox.com [22])

window shopping [23]


11. The company that makes the giant body scanners used at airports has introduced a X-ray camera that can see through suitcases and car doors. (Learn more at Gizmodo [24]) 

X-ray camera [25]



Bonus video: Donnalou Stevens, a singer-songwriter in the San Francisco Bay area, has been leaning lately to the wild and wacky – as you can easily see in the video below. Here, in her own words, is how it came about: “This whole creative whirlwind started in a living room on the Mendocino coast, just goofing off with my girlfriends at a weekend party. We were all musicians sitting around trading songs. I started singing my ‘Older Ladies’ song, and everyone started chiming in.”

Have a watch:

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Images - Goliath roller coaster: Six Flags Great Adventure; newly insured: GlobalStock [29] (iStockphoto); lemon: duckycards [30] (iStockphoto); bicyclists: LisaFX [31] (iStockphoto); Abraham Lincoln: Alexander Gardner (Wikipedia [32]); Faygo bottling plant and corporate offices: Dwight Burdette (Wikipedia) [33]; movie tickets: belterz [34] (iStockphoto); Mini Z Backscatter imaging system: American Science and Engineering, Inc.


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[1] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS64P0y9YOw

[2] ABCNews.com: http://abcnews.go.com/US/flags-opens-record-breaking-roller-coaster/story?id=24213959

[3] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/20/survey-most-buyers-on-insurance-exchanges-were-uninsured/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/iStock_000022659961Small.jpg

[5] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/23/more-than-one-in-every-10-vehicles-on-the-road-has-been-recalled-since-january

[6] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/iStock_000018364209Small.jpg

[7] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/06/19/waste-house-by-bbm-architects-is-uks-first-permanent-building-made-from-rubbish/

[8] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzSDcNSv5tQ

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

[10] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/23/supporting-seniors-family-caregivers-where-does-your-state-rank/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[11] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Correct-LTSS-Map-1024x7021.png

[12] PeopleForBikes.org: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/bike-use-is-rising-among-the-young-but-it-is-skyrocketing-among-the-old

[13] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/iStock_000001778269Small.jpg

[14] New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25776-computer-spots-rare-diseases-in-family-photos.html

[15] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863.jpg

[16] Detroit Free Press: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/25/faygo-sued-for-age-discrimination-by-founders-grandson/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[17] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Faygo_bottling_plant_and_corporate_offices_Detroit.jpg

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

[19] Blanchester Showplace Cinemas: http://blanchestercinemas.com/

[20] Yahoo! Movies: https://www.yahoo.com/movies/is-this-the-cheapest-movie-theater-in-america-89700772252.html

[21] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/iStock_000010022945Small.jpg

[22] Vox.com: http://www.vox.com/2014/4/11/5553006/how-americans-spend-their-time-in-6-charts

[23] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/iStock_000021233990Small.jpg

[24] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/the-militarys-mini-x-ray-camera-can-see-through-your-su-1594730428

[25] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/302427.jpg

[26] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4QzHeUE-CM

[27] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[28] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[29] GlobalStock: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=10172908

[30] duckycards: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=247745

[31] LisaFX: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=408692

[32] Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln#mediaviewer/File:Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863.jpg

[33] Dwight Burdette (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faygo#mediaviewer/File:Faygo_bottling_plant_and_corporate_offices_Detroit.jpg

[34] belterz: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=288533

[35] 6,000 Steps for Arthritic Knees and Ohter Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/18/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-47/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[36] Oldest Woman in NYC Marathon Finishes Race, Dies the Next Day: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/06/oldest-woman-in-nyc-marathon-falls-finishes-goes-on-tv-dies/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[37] 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

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

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