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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On July 30, 2014 @ 5:17 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

Chapulines [1]

1. Insects are a food source for one of every three people worldwide. (Learn more at Yahoo [1])

2. The debts and unpaid bills of more than a third of Americans have been reported to collection agencies. (Learn more at Urban Institute [2])

3. Handshakes share 20 times more germs than fist bumps. (Learn more at AARP [3])

Dalai Lama Fist Bump [3]

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4. A new smartphone app simulates a retro camera by making you wait an hour to see your photos and disabling selfies. (Learn more at Time [5])

5. Actor Billy Bob Thornton wears girls’ jeans. (Learn more at AARP [6])

Billy Bob jeans [6]

6. Google searches can predict future stock market crashes. (Learn more at National Academy of Sciences [7])

7. A tiny part of your brain is always waiting for the worst to happen. (Learn more at Daily Mail [8])

8. President Obama had a crush on Linda Ronstadt. (Learn more at AARP [9])

Linda Ronstadt and Barack Obama [9]

9. Chinese women are wearing “facekini” masks at the beach to avoid sunburn, insects and scrutiny. (Learn more at Feature Shoot [10])

Woman wearing 'facekini' [10]

10. You can buy the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle (70 feet tall) for $500,000. (Learn more at St. Louis Post-Dispatch [11])

worlds largest ketchup bottle [11]

11. Londoners are so lonely that they’re handing out “Talk to me” badges. (Learn more at Talk to me London.org [12])

Talk to me London [12]


Bonus Video:  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett team up on a new album due in September. Here’s a preview: Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.”

YouTube Preview Image [13]
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Images – Edible grasshoppers: Meutia Chaerani/Indradi Soemardjan [16] via Wikipedia; Dalai Lama fist bump: Flickr/Sirensongs [17]; Billy Bob Thornton (cropped) Flickr/Charlie Llewellin [18]; Barack Obama and Linda Ronstadt: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images; Facekini: Photo by Peng Yangjun [19] at Feature Shoot [10]; Ketchup bottle: Flickr/Max Stahl [20]; Talk to me London – courtesy of website.

Music – 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] Image: http://news.yahoo.com/dr-congos-insect-cuisine-nutritious-delicious-083315834.html

[2] Urban Institute: http://www.urban.org/publications/904636.html

[3] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/29/dont-shake-on-it-a-fist-bump-is-less-germy/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

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

[5] Time: http://time.com/3051905/one-hour-photo-app/

[6] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/25/true-confession-billy-bob-thornton-wears-girls-jeans/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[7] National Academy of Sciences: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/uow-gsh072514.php

[8] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2708549/Scientists-identify-pessimistic-brain.html

[9] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/29/when-will-i-be-loved-linda-ronstadt-gets-an-answer/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[10] Feature Shoot: http://www.featureshoot.com/2014/07/quirky-photos-capture-chinas-bizarre-facekini-trend/

[11] St. Louis Post-Dispatch: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/collinsville-s-quirky-catsup-bottle-up-for-sale/article_03255e72-abed-5f9d-b408-296e03e592e9.html

[12] Talk to me London.org: http://www.talktomelondon.org/home

[13] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg1meK-IgOM

[14] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[15] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[16] Meutia Chaerani/Indradi Soemardjan: http://blog.aarp.org/http://www.indrani.net

[17] Sirensongs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sirensongs/

[18] Charlie Llewellin: https://www.flickr.com/photos/charliellewellin/

[19] Peng Yangjun: http://www.peng-chen.net/

[20] Max Stahl: https://www.flickr.com/photos/silver_and_steel/

[21] Destroyable Smash Cakes for Kids’ Parties and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/23/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-52/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[22] 7 Things You Should Never Say to Customer Service: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-07-2008/seven_things_never_say.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[23] 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

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

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