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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

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News, discoveries and … fun

Older woman laughing

1. Americans who are 65 or older feel better about their physical appearance than younger  — even much younger — people. (Learn more at Gallup)

2. Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett are buddies. (Learn more at AARP)

Tom White Selfie with Paul McCartney Warren Buffett

3. There’s no need to fast before a routine cholesterol test. (Learn more at AARP)

4. Google and Novartis are teaming up to make a contact lens that can monitor blood sugar levels. (Learn more at New York Times)

Google smart contact lens

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5. Friends, on average, are as genetically similar as fourth cousins. (Learn more at NPR)

Two young girls

6. The world’s tallest water slide is at Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kan. (Learn more at Discovery)

Schlitterbahn Verrukt Water Slide

7. Birkenstocks are suddenly fashionable again. (Learn more at AARP)

Birkenstock arizona

8. German officials are weighing the idea of reverting to manual typewriters as a means of thwarting U.S. surveillance efforts. (Learn more at Mashable)

German typewriter

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9. Astronomers have detected very fast bursts of radio waves coming from deep in outer space and they don’t know the source. (Learn more at Futurity.org)

10. Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut who joined Neil Armstrong on the moon on July 20, 1969, is a Jersey boy. (Learn more at AARP)

Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin on moon

11. Three eighth-grade musicians from Brooklyn have signed a contract with Sony Music that could be worth as much as $1.7 million. (Learn more at Buzzfeed)

 

Bonus video

Tired of being “Happy”?  Well, now you can be “Tacky” courtesy of, you guessed it, “Weird Al” Yankovic and his friends Jack Black, Kristen Schaal, Eric Stonestreet, Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler.

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Images — Happy woman: Flickr/Kaytee Riek;  Selfie: Luke Koesters/Tom White/Instagram; Contact lens: Google; Young friends: Flickr/Tim Hamilton; Birkenstocks: Courtesy of ASOS; Typewriter: Flickr/Dennis van Zuijlekom; Buzz Aldrin: Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center;

Music — “Tacky” by “Weird Al” Yankovic; Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra — “Blue Blazes” by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix project.

 

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1 comments
soli805
soli805 5pts

Weird Al's Video Tacky is hilarious! Thanks for sharing..