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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On July 23, 2014 @ 5:49 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

Baby and birthday "smash" cake [1]

1. Parents are serving “smash cakes” for youngsters to destroy at their birthday parties. (Learn more at Today [1])

2. About 1 in 5 Americans – some 57 million in all – live in multigenerational family households. (Learn more at AARP) [2]

Three Generation Family [2]

3. A Chinese woman takes her 88-year-old grandma with her to work every day, sometimes on her back. (Learn more at Daily Mail [3])

Chinese woman carrying her grandma [4]

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4. Beetles killed a tree planted in memory of George Harrison. (Learn more at NME [6])

George Harrison Tree [6]

5. Niacin, widely prescribed for heart patients, has little beneficial effect in lowering cholesterol or improving heart health. (Learn more at AARP [7])

6. Stroke rates are down for older Americans but up for younger people. (Learn more at USA Today [8])

7. The newly discovered giant dobsonfly edges out the helicopter damselfly as the world’s biggest aquatic insect. (Learn more at Discovery [9])

Dobsonfly [9]

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8. The best kissing begins with mouths closed, and then moves on to parted lips and dancing tongues, a new survey finds. (Learn more at AARP [11])

YouTube Preview Image [12]

9. Aladdin, Wyo., can be yours for $1.5 million. (Learn more at AARP [13])

10. Scientists have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol. (Learn more at UT Austin [14])

11. Elephants in zoos are getting too fat to reproduce. (Learn more at Discovery [15])

African elephant eating in zoo [15]

Bonus video: The world is still awaiting a little more background on the story of the man who threw away his crutches and danced up a storm:

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Images – Smash cake: Flickr/Alicia Kowalski [20]; Three generations of women: iStockphoto/Davidf [21]; Chinese woman and grandma: Central European News (link); George Harrison tree: Flickr/Carlos [22]; Giant dobsonfly: Courtesy of Insect Museum of West China; Elephant eating: Flickr/Kurt [23]

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [24] project.

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[1] Image: http://t.today.com/parents/smash-cake-trend-all-rage-baby-birthday-parties-1D79956770

[2] AARP): http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/21/why-more-generations-are-living-under-one-roof/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2701816/Chinese-woman-solve%20s-family-problem-providing-care-grandmother-taking-WORK-day.html

[4] Image: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2701816/Chinese-woman-solves-family-problem-providing-care-grandmother-taking-WORK-day.html

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

[6] NME: http://www.nme.com/news/the-beatles/78702

[7] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/17/niacin-wont-help-may-harm-heart-patients/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[8] USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/15/stroke-death-rates-study/12679755/

[9] Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/animals/insects/record-setting-bug-is-bigger-than-your-hand-140723.htm

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

[11] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/sex-intimacy/info-2014/how-to-kiss-castleman.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[12] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpbDHxCV29A

[13] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/22/entire-town-for-sale-1-5-million/

[14] UT Austin: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/uota-msw071414.php

[15] Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/animals/zoo-animals/african-elephants-in-zoos-threatened-by-obesity-140717.htm

[16] Post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202092778911453

[17] Edgard Eleuterio Daza: https://www.facebook.com/edgardeleuterio.daza

[18] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[19] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[20] Alicia Kowalski: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alicia_kowalski/

[21] Davidf: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=156585%20 Sound

[22] Carlos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/armadillo444/

[23] Kurt: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24161110@N00/

[24] Smithsonian Remix: http://blog.soundcloud.com/2013/10/02/smithsonian-remix/

[25] Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett Selfie and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/16/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-51/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[26] Want to Drop Pounds Fast? Try These Tactics: http://www.aarp.org/food/healthy-eating/info-11-2012/lose-weight-quickly-photos.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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