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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On July 9, 2014 @ 5:38 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

extinct pelagornis bird [1]

1. The extinct pelagornis bird had a wingspan as wide as 24 feet.  (Learn more at International Business Times [1])

2. The Nazi’s “perfect Aryan” poster child was Jewish. (Learn more at The Telegraph [2])

Nazi propaganda [2]

Hessy Taft and the Nazi magazine featuring her baby photograph on the front cover
Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg, Yedioth Ahoronot

3. A computer chip that delivers a contraceptive hormone can be turned off when a woman wants to get pregnant. (Learn more at CNET [3])

chip-drug-delivery-cropped [3]

4. Scientists know where an on-off switch for consciousness is located in the brain. (Learn more at New Scientist [4])

consciousness on-off switch [4]

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5. New apps connect people who have leftover food and those who want it. (Learn more at  Washington Post [6])

Leftover food app [6]

6. : – ) or :)? Whether or not your smiley face emoticons have a nose says a lot about you. (Learn more at The New Republic [7] )

smilies emoticons [7]

7. Your face can predict how long you’ll live. (Learn more at AARP [8])

Predict age by face technology [8]

8. New self-service machines at the Minnesota Twins’ ballpark let fans draw as much beer as they want – at 38 to 40 cents an ounce. (Learn more at ESPN [9])

self-serve beer station [9]

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9. When a chimp stomps both feet, it means “let’s play.” (Learn more at Huffington Post [11])

A chimpanzee with lovely feet [11]

10. A blood test to predict Alzheimer’s disease might be available within two years. (Learn more at AARP [12])

11. Pakistanis spend about 48 percent of their household cash on food; Japanese about 14 percent; and Americans about 7 percent. (Learn more at Vox [13])

How much countries spend on food [13]


Bonus video: Do you wish you’d had a better seat for July 4th? Watch this drone’s-eye-view of a Florida display:

YouTube Preview Image [14]


Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [15], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

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Images -  Pelagornis Bird: Liz Bradford/courtesy of Bruce Museum [17]; Drug delivery microchip illustration: courtesy of MicroCHIPS [18]/Lexington, Mass.  (cropped); Brain cross section: Adapted from Gray’s Anatomy/Wikipedia; Piqniq app: courtesy of company website [19]; Emoticons: AARP; Smoking man: David Robert Bliwas [20]/Flickr; Beer machines: Courtesy Delaware North Sportservice/Target Field; Chimp: mycheesegrits [21]/Flickr.

Music – Alex Beroza [22]: Spinning – ccMixter

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[1] Image: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pelagornis-sandersi-worlds-biggest-bird-was-twice-big-albatross-24ft-wingspan-1455666

[2] The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10938062/Nazi-perfect-Aryan-poster-child-was-Jewish.html

[3] CNET: http://www.cnet.com/news/remote-controlled-chip-implant-could-be-the-future-of-contraceptives

[4] New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329762.700-conscious%E2%80%A6

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

[6] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/08/take-my-leftovers-please

[7] The New Republic: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118562/emoticons-effect-way-we-communicate-linguists-study-effects

[8] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/03/can-your-face-predict-how-long-youll-live/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[9] ESPN: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11185913/mlb-all-star-game-feature-self-serve-beer-machines

[10] >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/subscribeFromEmail.action?id=29636&intcmp=ILC-EMAIL-SUB-MONY

[11] Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/07/chimpanzee-gestures-sign-language_n_5563660.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

[12] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/08/new-test-could-predict-whether-memory-problems-will-become-alzheimers/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[13] Vox: http://www.vox.com/2014/7/6/5874499/map-heres-how-much-every-country-spends-on-food

[14] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KZ3jgbbmI

[15] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[16] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[17] Bruce Museum: https://brucemuseum.org/site/collections_detail/science_collection

[18] MicroCHIPS: http://mchips.com/

[19] company website: http://getpiqniq.com/

[20] David Robert Bliwas: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oneworldgallery/

[21] mycheesegrits: http://blog.aarp.org%20https://www.flickr.com/photos/28807502@N00/

[22] Alex Beroza: http://ccmixter.org/people/AlexBeroza

[23] Animals Predicting World Cup Winners and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/02/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-49/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[24] Couple Finds $1 Million in Their Trash: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/26/they-found-1-million-in-their-trash-2/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[25] 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

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

[27] AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP

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