News, discoveries and … fun
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)
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)
5. Friends, on average, are as genetically similar as fourth cousins. (Learn more at NPR)
7. Birkenstocks are suddenly fashionable again. (Learn more at AARP)
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)
10. Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut who joined Neil Armstrong on the moon on July 20, 1969, is a Jersey boy. (Learn more at AARP)
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)
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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